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How to write an IGCSE Literature Essay (1)

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How to write an IGCSE
Literature Essay
What is the MOST
important thing to do in
order make sure that you
produce a good piece of
writing?
P L A N N I N G
Introduction
• Name of poem and poet
• Answer question in a sentence -explain
what your main line of argument will be
(mentioning key words from the question)
Main Body
(include 3-4 main paragraphs)
• START with a topic sentence to introduce paragraph
(use linking words i.e firstly, alternative, to conclude)
• Statement needs to be made
• Evidence to support your statement/point
(quote or summarise an event from the text in your
own words)
eXplain/ discuss/ analyse your evidence–mention
technique if possible
(This example of alliteration shows/suggests/
conveys/ portrays …)
• Your evaluative comment in relation to the question
Conclusion
 Make reference your main points
(look back at your topic sentences)
but without repeating them
 Make
a
personal/
evaluative
statement drawing on all the points
you’ve made and reinforcing your
opening argument
Assessment Objectives
• AO3: understanding of the writers’ use
of language, structure and form to
create literary effects (15 marks)
• AO4: a focused, sensitive, lively and
informed personal engagement with
literary texts (5 marks)
What does this mean?
• How do language, form and structure create
certain effects in the poem
• Connect (explain) how techniques poet used
are linked to the presentation of: ideas,
theme, setting
• Evidence has to be provided for support and
relevant to the question
Expression
• Structure, style, language is
important
• Literary terminology should be used
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