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Reading − Extended Responses to Text

Critical Evaluations

In what follows the term “text(s)” should be taken to refer to poetry, drama and prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and
also to films and radio and television programmes.

The quality of the text(s) chosen should allow the candidate to demonstrate the following skills.

Credit General Foundation

As appropriate Displays a thorough familiarity with the Displays an acceptable familiarity with the Displays some familiarity with the text(s):
to the purpose text(s): this appears eg in the analysis of its text(s): this appears in a statement of its main this appears in the statement of one or two
the candidate main ideas and purposes and through ideas and purposes and through reference to of its main ideas and/or purposes and
detailed reference to relevant areas of some relevant areas of content. through reference to one or two relevant
content. areas of content.

Shows an ability to relate significant detail to Shows some ability to relate detail to the Shows a little ability to relate detail to the
the overall context of the work(s) studied. overall context of the work(s) studied. overall context of the work(s) studied.

Gives a perceptive and developed account Makes a reasonably developed statement Makes a statement about at least one
of what s/he has enjoyed in/gained from the about aspects of the text(s) which have aspect of the text(s) that has affected
text(s): this clearly conveys the sense of a affected him/her: this conveys the sense of a him/her: this conveys traces of a genuine
genuine personal response and is genuine personal response and is personal response.
substantiated by reference to pertinent accompanied by some reference to pertinent
features of the text(s). features of the text(s).

Demonstrates awareness of technique by Identifies individual features of technique and Identifies one or two features of technique
analysis, using critical terminology where explains their effects, using basic critical which contribute to some obvious effect:
appropriate: this appears in full and terminology where appropriate: this involves this is accompanied by some reference to
perceptive explication of stylistic devices the brief explication of obvious stylistic the text(s) and/or quotation.
substantiated by detailed reference to the devices and is accompanied by some
text(s) and, where appropriate, apt reference to the text(s) and/or quotation.
quotation.

Credit General Foundation

As appropriate Organises the response in such a way as to Organises the response so as to take some Displays some signs of awareness of the
to the purpose reflect, accurately, the purpose and nature of account of the purpose and nature of the purpose and nature of the assignment:
the candidate the assignment: this appears in an ability to assignment: most of what is selected from some of what is selected from the text(s) is
select what is relevant in the text(s) and give the text(s) is relevant and adequate attention relevant and a degree of attention is given
due weight and prominence to what is is given to what is important; the response is to what is important; the response is at
important; the response is a substantial one a reasonably extended one, probably least 100 words in length.
but not normally exceeding 800 words. between 300 and 600 words.

Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6

Differentiating Analysis of main Analysis of main Statement of main Statement of main Statement of main Grasp of main
factors ideas/purposes is ideas/purposes is full ideas/purposes is ideas/purposes is ideas/purposes ideas/purposes is
thorough-going and but less penetrating reasonably less complete/less displays a basic tenuous.
precise. than at grade 1. comprehensive and correct than at grade grasp.
accurate. 3.

The account of The account of Statement of Statement of Statement of Statement of


personal reaction personal reaction is personal reaction personal reaction is personal reaction is personal reaction
displays a high level discerning but less displays a degree of more superficial and brief but clear. lacks clarity but
of sensitivity and fully realised than at insight. generalised than at conveys a
self-awareness. grade 1. grade 3. recognisable stance
in relation to text(s).

Use of critical Use of critical Use of basic critical Awareness of critical Awareness of Awareness of
terminology is terminology is terminology is terminology falters on technique is technique is
confident and generally accurate reasonably assured. occasion. conveyed explicitly detectable but tends
accurate. but occasionally in simple non- to appear implicitly.
lacks the sureness of technical language.
touch characteristic
of grade 1.

There is an overall Everything is There is clear Sense of the purpose There is at least one Awareness of
proportion and relevant to the reference throughout of the assignment is explicit reference to purpose appears
coherence in the purpose of the to the purpose of the present but not the purpose of the briefly/
structure of the assignment but there assignment. explicitly assignment. implicitly.
response. is some acknowledged
disproportion of throughout.
constituent parts.