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Language Paper 1, Language Paper 2. Unseen Poetry


Pupils will revisit AQA Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 in order to prepare for their Autumn mocks. This will be the first opportunity to sit the paper in full in exam conditions and a rigorous reflection process will support them in developing their skills further. In addition to this, pupils will continue to study a range of unseen poetry to familiarise themselves with this element of the exam and build on their resilience and resourcefulness with these proactive approaches.

Unit aims:

  • Explain, comment and analyse a writer’s use of language and structure in fictional and non-fiction texts,
  • Compare writers’ ideas perspectives in non-fiction text,
  • Write creatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences,
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentences for clarity and purpose and effect,
  • Explore content, themes and a poet’s craft in unseen poetry,
  • Evaluate poet’s use of methods to impact the reader/audience,
  • Develop effective revision strategies.

Example Key Words


The repetition of sounds in a sequence of words. (See also consonance and assonance.)


The repetition of vowel-sounds.


A stressed (or accented) syllable.

Blank Verse

unrhymed iambic pentameter.


An audible pause internal to a line, usually in the middle. (An audible pause at the end of a line is called an end-stop.)


The high point; the moment of greatest tension or intensity. The climax can occur at any point in a poem, and can register on different levels, e.g. narrative, rhetorical, or formal.

External Links

  • GCSEPod – Power and Conflict poems