Question 1: Unseen
The unseen section was pretty easy in 2010, I think. Not much to say…
Text 1 was interesting – kind of abstract and may have been difficult for some students to identity what the techniques were. I also liked Text 4 (the poem) and the ideas about belonging it explored.
Question 2: Creative
The 2010 question was surprisingly easy this time around – easier than the 2009 question I think.
I mean, you had 3 quotations, which you had to use as the opening for a piece of imaginative writing.
No specific text type! Very general quotes! Use it as the opening (no need for it to be the BASIS of your piece)! AND, it was about the “challenges of belonging and non-belonging” – which is incredibly broad.
I think most students would’ve picked the 1st or 3rd quotation. Did anyone pick the 2nd?
Question 3: Essay
This was a fairly standard essay question – focus is on relationships which either enrich or limits belonging.
If your prepared essay was focused on the good/bad of belonging (identity/conformity), as I recommended to most of my students as the BASIS of any belonging essay – then this should’ve been REALLY easy.
Only challenge was the use of only ONE related text (same as in 2009), which I didn’t expect the BOS to do again. But hey, they did – just means you needed to have 1 related text which gave you enough to talk about and which you knew enough about to discuss in greater detail.
I suspect that the ONE related text is perhaps a new BOS policy – trying to get students to pick their related texts more judiciously (carefully) and really testing their depth of knowledge on their related text. I mean, the students who essentially lose out are:
- Those who just picked anything with belonging in it – and if it didn’t have enough ideas etc in it, then they would’ve struggled to write more (rather than relying on the ideas in their 2nd related text).
- Those who knew enough about their related text – but only enough to write 1 paragraph (assuming you structure your essay as core, related 1, core again, related 2) and then got stuck on writing the 2nd paragraph.