In GCSE geography students are required to answer a sequence of 8 mark (+4 SPaG) extended writing answers to consolidate each section of the exam paper. The examiners report from recent years has continually eluded to students struggling to pick up more than 3 or 4 marks, or not even attempting these questions and therefore relinquishing a large chunk of their overall percentage.
Students, in fact, DO know the required content to a sufficient standard. However, in many cases are unable to structure their responses to answer all of the required criteria and assessment objectives in the mark scheme; especially in Geography. Students often drift away from the geographical focus and regularly mis-interpret the command word (which in itself is worth up to two 2 marks).
This one-slide modelling strategy has been trialled with Years 9/10 and 11 as a means to familiarise students with the PROCESS of completing an extended writing answer.
The question is broken down into colours associated with specific advice for each key section
– Command word: what is it ACTUALLY ask you to do?
– What is the key geography?
– What needs to be included?
– How does this link back to the question?
The enquiry question for the lesson is visible at the top to provide students with the holistic view of WHY this exam question is relevant in the context of this lesson/Scheme of work
A ‘Helping you get going’ section provides students not only with sentence staters, but key terminology and connectives that link specifically to the command word (in this example: Secondly/Overall/Most significant)
Although this example is geography specific, this style of modelling could be adapted cross-curricular.
For more information or if you’d like to see this in action please see Tom Sherlock in the Geography department!