GCSE AQA German: Building Blocks for Essay Writing

GCSE AQA German: Building Blocks for Essay Writing

Paper 4: Writing
Covers all 12 AQA topics!

Help students improve their essay-writing skills for Paper 4: Writing!

Structured learning and consolidation for Foundation and Higher in three sections

Part 1: Building Knowledge

12 units matched to AQA topics:

  • Topic vocabulary and exemplary structures build knowledge for corresponding Part 2 exam-style questions
  • Varied activities such as match-up, gap-fill, translation and multiple-choice hone comprehension and writing skills
  • Exam tips focus on overcoming common difficulties – key to exam success

Part 2: Exam-style Questions

  • 36 original exam-style questions based on the GCSE writing exam ensure targeted revision
  • 3 questions per topic – 40 words (F), 90 words (F+H) and 150 words (H) – facilitate practice for all students regardless of level
  • A self- and peer-assessment grid to help students stay on track

Part 3: Model Essays

  • Model essays for all exam-style questions in Part 2 provide exemplary guidance
  • Differentiation for grades 4–5, 6–7 and 8–9 allows all students to benefit from tailored solutions
  • Suggested additional activities extend learning from model essays

Plus! Answers to all activities enable independent learning as well as classroom learning.

Overall, this is a well-planned, logically structured resource which follows the AQA spec in terms of vocabulary and grammar. Writing is a difficult skill as it is a productive and not receptive skill. This resource gives pupils a step-by-step build up guide to finally writing larger pieces by themselves. Differentiated – great examples of different level essays e.g 40/90/150 worder answers. This went further by showing the general grade difference per task in part 2 e.g which answer is around grades 4-5, 6-7, 8-9. This gives pupils an opportunity to analyse the similarities and differences between each one to spot how the base answer has been enhanced to reach a higher grade. WAGOLL = “what a good one looks like” – pupils will benefit from this resource as they get to see what a good example looks like before attempting their own. – D Rawlings, MFL Teacher & Peer Reviewer

This resource provides a good set of activities to build up writing skills in each of the 12 GCSE topics for AQA German. I like the fact that it includes foundation and higher in the same resource; this means people don’t have to buy twice. Another positive aspect of this resource is that it could be used either during the course as the topics are covered or at the end of the course as revision. Some sections would also be useful for setting as cover work. The range of activities practised is lovely: vocab building, translation, reading comprehension as well as writing. The range of question ideas is impressive and will provide useful practice for pupils either as they go through the topic during the course or at the end as revision. This section will also save teachers time thinking up questions – a big plus! It is a great idea to give model answers at different grades / levels. It also provides good ideas on how to answer questions, in particular the 150 word tasks (which based on specimen and past papers for AQA) are very open-ended. Pupils often aren’t sure what to write and lack the ideas needed to address these questions successfully, so this aspect of the resource will be very welcome. The model answers also give good ideas for stylistic structures which will be needed to score highly at this level (higher). – J Briden, Head of French & Peer Reviewer

The content is high quality and full of authentic idiomatic language. It provides a rich source of vocabulary and structures for students to draw on in their own writing. Many strong sequences of activities recycle the same language and will hence be really useful in helping students access texts and begin to integrate new vocabulary into their own writing. Many possible applications, particularly as extension work for the most able – a rich resource with many possibilities. – A Watson, Teacher and Expert Reviewer

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