Word tricks: adding line numbers to an extract

Reading Time: 2 minutes I love Word sometimes. Its headers, tables of contents, and line numbering features save loads of time – when you’re writing example papers, or booklets, they’re so helpful! I mentioned this on Twitter (ages ago admittedly) and a few people asked about it, so here’s how to do it: The screenshots are Word 2016 – if you have an older version it’s still under Page Layout in a similar way   Paste the extract into the document. Choose the font and size – it’s easiest to do this at the beginning. I usually just highlight it all and click “Normal” …

Planning comparison essays for GCSE and A Level

Reading Time: 6 minutes One of the most difficult skills to do well is, I think, comparison, and it’s often what distinguishes really good writers – the ability to hold both texts together and weigh them against one another. This post explores some ways to plan a comparative answer – before you’re in the exam hall! I actually think the A-Level style of questions works better to prompt good, focused comparison – so let’s compare the two: GCSE: Explore the way Browning presents painful relationships in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and one other poem from the Relationships cluster. A-Level: Dystopian writing often portrays a bleak future …

Drama/poetry pre-1900 – over 60 sample questions

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The below pdf includes over 60 example questions for the OCR A-Level paper on poetry and drama pre-1900, specifically the poetry/drama question. Although my students are studying Christina Rossetti and the Duchess of Malfi, I’ve formatted this so it’s in the form of statemetn/question which could be applied to any comparative texts.

OCR A Level essay questions 2017