Original Writing NEA Support Packs for AQA A Level English Language

Help your students develop the skills required for choosing style models, writing creatively and reflecting on the writing process for the A Level AQA NEA Original Writing Component. Packed with varied extracts, questions, writing prompts, guidance, sample answers and commentaries, this unique resource is the perfect way to introduce your students to each of the AQA themes.

Superb. It made me wish I was doing the A Level myself!...

...Clear, useful, well focused, knowledgeable, wide-ranging and I would definitely use it myself with my own students

L Wilford, Teacher & Peer Reviewer
Part 1: Stimulating Style Models
  • Style models covering the three AQA-prescribed examples plus bonus extracts!
  • Supported with focused questions to promote discussion, encourage insightful analysis, and practise annotation skills
  • Plus! Detailed annotated versions for comparison or to support weaker students
Part 2: Helpful Writing Prompts
  • Imaginative orginal writing suggestions for each style model
  • Inspires creative thought – ideal for building confidence!
Part 3: Reflective Commentary Support
  • Three annotated pieces of original writing complete with AO-marked commentaries
  • Great for AfL – students compare their own work with samples and see exactly where to improve!
  • Plus! A student-friendly mark scheme and a straightforward guide to referencing
Topic Style Models
The Power of Persuasion ① Investigative journalism, ② Speech on a controversial topic, ③ Letter to a MP, PLUS! ④ manifesto, ⑤ charity appeal
The Power of Storytelling ① Short stories, ② Dramatic monologues, ③ Biographies, PLUS ④ Epistolary fiction, ⑤ Scripts, and ⑥ Narrative poetry
The Power of Information ① Travel journalism, ② Blog on social issues, ③ Local history, PLUS ④ Environmental pamphlet, ⑤ Popular science article

An ideal supplement to our NEA Original Writing and Reflective Commentary Teaching Pack.

What do teachers say about this resource? (7960)

Superb. It made me wish I was doing the A Level myself! Very interesting and well-written, with well-chosen exemplars and excellent activities. I felt it was clear, useful, well focused, knowledgeable, wide-ranging and I would definitely use it myself with my own students. The style models are well chosen, and the structure of having the model followed by material prompting discussion, an annotated version of the style model, and suggestions for creative tasks arising out of the study of the style model is perfect. High-quality commentary and suggestions for teaching and individual activities, very focused on spec and beautifully written. The advice sheets that follow are also excellent, and the three marked pieces of work are accurate and very useful.

L Wilford, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

It is incredibly thorough and organised well into appropriate sections, making it possible for a teacher to just pick up and teach, irrespective of their experience.

I love the choices of samples – all really interesting to read and different to analyse. The annotations also make it really clear what is expected of the students. It is particularly helpful to have so many different ‘genres’ of storytelling and ones that we wouldn’t necessarily think of drawing on.

It makes students probe deeply into both what they are reading and what they are writing. They are encouraged to work independently, but also the work is heavily scaffolded to help the weaker students. I can’t see how a student could do badly on their Original Writing NEA if they use this resource! I also feel that the many choices on offer are truly exemplified within this resource and would help teachers who don’t necessarily feel comfortable teaching students how to write poetry for example.

I feel that the focus on Assessment Objectives establishes a clear connection between the resource and the specification and the generic advice given is particularly useful. 

A Davie, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

A high-quality resource which would be useful for teachers new to the spec as it contains a lot of detail which is accessible and user-friendly.

It is also useful for teachers who have taught the spec a lot, as it provides a lot of modelling and practice resources.

It was really useful to have a student-friendly outline of the AOs in enough detail not to be overwhelming or confusing.

It enhances learning through its consistent use of modelling, a range of tasks and activities for independent work to enable deliberate practice and it builds up tasks gradually in an ‘I do, we do, you do’ kind of fashion.

Clearly matches the AOs and it identifies routinely throughout the resource where certain areas are applicable to the mark scheme.

L Ashford, English teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (8454)

It is incredibly thorough and organised well into appropriate sections, making it possible for a teacher to just pick up and teach, irrespective of their experience. It complements the other two resources on storytelling and information.

I love the choices of samples – all really interesting to read and different to analyse. The annotations also make it really clear what is expected of the students. It is nice to see a variety of different methods analysed and students can be exposed to a variety of persuasive texts.

It makes students probe deeply into both what they are reading and what they are writing. They are encouraged to work independently, but also the work is heavily scaffolded to help the weaker students.

I feel that the focus on Assessment Objectives establishes a clear connection between the resource and the specification and the generic advice given is particularly useful. 

A Davie, English teacher and examiner & Peer Reviewer

A fantastic resource which students and teachers will find very useful because it contains a good and diverse range of style models and exemplar student responses and some excellent tips for students, which will ultimately help them to produce their own Original Writing NEA successfully.

The style models selected by the author are well-chosen and students will find them engaging. The pack also provides strong guidance for students.

The pack provides ideas on where students can find their own style models – this is very useful because students often choose style models which are not very well written and are not feature-rich.

The ‘Reflective Commentary Prompt Questions’ are useful because they encourage students to critically engage and reflect on their writing.

The Harvard referencing guidance is very useful for students, as many will not have done referencing before undertaking this NEA. It is also a good skill to prepare students for life at University.

The analysis and study prompts and writing prompts are superb for students because they encourage focused exploration of the style models.

This resource enhances learning because it clearly explains the aims of the NEA project, illuminates what the mark scheme is actually assessing, and makes it explicit to students what they need to do to ‘hit’ the assessment objectives. It also gives crystal-clear guidance to students on how they can achieve the higher grades in their NEA, and provides some excellent examples of style models and exemplar NEA pieces to help them do this. Some key A-level terminology/methods that students will be expected to find in their own style models is included, which will help students to obtain AO1 marks in their own writing for this module, as well as in the examined modules.

Students will be equipped with the core skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to complete their Original Writing NEA successfully.

This ‘Power of Persuasion’ NEA Study Pack matches and interprets AQA’s A-level English Language specification very well. The key content, prompt questions, writing tasks, sample style models and exemplar students responses included in this pack are all completely relevant to the specification and NEA. With the help of this study pack, students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to enable them to create their own Original Writing NEA efficaciously. The Assessment Objectives and how students can meet these are made explicit (and will help students in other parts of the A-level course), and the student-friendly mark scheme is also extremely useful.

This is another excellent teaching resource from ZigZag Education! The pack very helpfully guides students through all elements of the NEA from undertaking independent research to find and analyse their own style models to producing and evaluating their own writing. Students will enjoy studying the texts/example style models included because they are engaging, and teachers will enjoy their teaching of this module with the assistance of this pack.

R Cook, Assistant Curriculum Leader - English & Peer Reviewer