Unit 1 B extended writing

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Unit 1, Section B – extended writing skills : 

Unit 1, Section B – extended writing skills Cameron Dunn Chief Examiner

What do I have to do? : 

What do I have to do? One question from a choice of 4 – you should spend 30-35 minutes on this Each question is worth 25 marks The 25 marks is split into a 10 mark part ‘a’ and 15 mark part ‘b’ There is a stimulus resource for the 10 mark question

Choice of Question : 

Choice of Question Questions will be based around 4 key themes you can expect to have a genuine choice:

Slide 4: 

Very importantly you should read all 4 questions look at all four accompanying Figures before you make a decision. In January 2009 the choice of question was heavily biased towards questions 7 and 8.

The Resource question, part ‘a’ : 

The Resource question, part ‘a’ Notice that the question states ‘such as the one shown’. This is indicating a need to move beyond the stimulus material provided and into a discussion of other drought examples and their impacts: Ongoing Australian drought the ‘big dry’ Drought in Niger Drought in Sudan and Ethiopia

Slide 6: 

There is also a structure provided in the question i.e. ‘people and the environment’ answer needs to cover both in order to be balanced. Importantly the question is not ‘what are the impacts of drought?’ but actually ‘why do drought have such severe impacts?’ Just describing the impacts of drought lacks the explanation the question is looking for.

Slide 7: 

Use the resource, but don’t copy it out.

The Open questions, part ‘b’ : 

The Open questions, part ‘b’ a 15 mark question which will be quite open. There is no Figure to look at -you are ‘on your own’. good idea to do a very quick plan just to organise your thoughts and help structure your answer. The plan should take less than 1 minute

Mark schemes : 

Mark schemes for the 15 mark question they use 4 levels. Like a flight of sets which you are trying to climb. To go up a step, you need to add something new into your answer.

Ticking the mark scheme boxes : 

Ticking the mark scheme boxes can be a real challenge, but there are various tricks you can use to help write an impressive answer. This question is from January 2009 (Question 10b): typical. It uses the command word ‘explain’ and is ‘open’. The question does not directly ask for examples to be used, but you should just assume you should use them!

Top Tips for extended writing : 

Top Tips for extended writing

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