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About a Boy Study Guide

About a Boy Study Guide

For each exam board the mode of assessment is considered and specific material for this is included.

DYNAMITE for the new specifications
with original character and scene illustrations

  • Detailed notes on every aspect of the novel to aid strong comprehension
  • Questions & tasks throughout to support learning, texts knowledge and for effective revision

Importantly includes:

  • WJEC sample exam questions and sample answer guidance
  • WJEC Language and OCR English sample controlled assessment tasks

Covers Everything
  • plot summary
  • character summaries and analysis
  • section summaries with analysis
  • contexts
  • themes
  • language
  • setting
  • character role plays

This guide adheres to the requirements of the new specifications for GCSE Literature. The summary grid below indicates which units allow for the study of this text and the methods of assessment.

  English Literature English Language English
OCR   Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing Unit 1: Reading Literary Texts (themed task) or Unit 2: Imaginative Writing (Section B Text Development)
  Optional text for controlled assessment.* Optional text for controlled assessment.*
WJEC Unit 2a: Literary Heritage Drama and Contemporary Prose Unit 3: Literary Reading and Creative Writing  
Exam: two questions on one of five set texts. Optional text for controlled assessment.  

*For OCR Language and English, centres can either choose from the prescribed texts or they can choose their own text.

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