National 5 English Exam
Wednesday 30th April 2014
English National 5 Reading for Analysis and Evaluation 13:00 – 14:00
English National 5 Critical Reading 14:20 – 15:50
Course assessment structure
Component 1 — question paper: reading 70 marks
Component 2 — portfolio: writing 30 marks
Total marks 100 marks
Structure and coverage of the Course assessment
The Course assessment will consist of two Components, a question paper titled
‘Reading’ and a portfolio titled ‘Writing’. The question paper will have two Sections. The
portfolio will have one Section.
Component 1 — question paper: reading
1 "New Type Close Reading" - 30 marks
1 "Set Scottish Text" Analysis - 20 marks
1 Critical Essay - 20 marks
The purpose of this question paper is to assess learners’ application of their reading skills in a familiar but challenging context, and to provide the challenge of questions and other tasks to be accomplished in a limited amount of time.
This question paper will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:
♦ reading skills in the understanding, analysis and evaluation of texts
♦ critical reading skills and knowledge of appropriate literary contexts, forms and genres
♦ knowledge and understanding from across the Course
The question paper will have 70 marks out of a total of 100 marks. This is 70% of the
overall marks for the Course assessment.
This Reading question paper has two Sections.
Section 1, titled ‘Reading for Understanding, Analysis, and Evaluation’ will have 30 marks. (60 minutes)
These 30 marks will be awarded for addressing the challenge of applying reading skills in understanding, analysis and evaluation to one unseen non-fiction text. Assessment will involve learners answering questions to show these reading skills and completing a task that involves inference making and summarising.
Section 2, titled ‘Critical Reading’ will have 40 marks. (90 minutes)
These 40 marks will be awarded for applying critical reading, knowledge and
understanding. This Section has two Parts.
Learners will apply their understanding, analysis and evaluation skills to previously studied Scottish texts from the specified list. These texts will be both contemporary, 20th century and pre-20th century. The list will be refreshed as required and will cover the genres of drama, prose and poetry. An extract from each writer will be provided.
Candidates will select an extract and answer questions. 20 marks
Learners will apply their understanding, analysis and evaluation skills to previously studied texts from the following contexts: drama, prose, poetry, film and TV, or language by selecting one question and writing one critical essay.
In each part, learners must cover a different genre.
Component 2 — portfolio: writing
1 broadly creative essay or text 15 marks
1 broadly discursive essay or text 15 marks
The purpose of this portfolio is to provide evidence of the learner’s writing for two different purposes and audiences.
This portfolio will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:
♦ writing in different genres
♦ writing for a range of purposes and audiences
The portfolio will have 30 marks out of a total of 100 marks. This is 30% of the overall marks for the Course assessment.
The portfolio has one Section.
The portfolio will comprise the production by learners of two written texts that address the main language purposes, namely creative and discursive writing.