How To Write An English Coursework Commentary Piece

This original writing and commentary was awarded an A* in summer 2017 when it was submitted to AQA, I am now sharing it with others in the hope it will be helpful.

The original writing was based on the 'power of persuasion' since it is an OpEd, so, together with the commentary, would be hugely beneficial to students interested in this approach since it shows what standard is required for the top grades.

However, this resource would of course be beneficial to all students as an introduction to the NEA, showing them how they can draw on what they have learned so far in their A level and how to approach the commentary, something they may be unfamiliar with.

This resource truly is invaluable to show students what they should be aiming for and could even inspire their own work.

Check out my other A Level English Language resources as well as my NEA resource- an A* Language investigation.

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This resource makes teaching commentaries suddenly seem pretty easy. Anyone teaching AQA Creative Writing should get a copy of this resource; it will save them hours of work! It gives clear and precise advice on how to do a commentary. Lots of examples and particular guidance. Excellent matching of the syllabus requirements. R Lodge, Head of English & Independent Reviewer

The notes, exercises and examples will help your students to develop the right tools for analysing their own writer’s process, to approach the reflective commentary with a clear grasp of what's required, an opportunity to gain confidence and to enjoy the process of reflecting on their own work.

  • How to approach the commentary for Units 2 and 4 and different ways into self-critiquing
  • Writing the commentary for prose fiction, poetry, dramatic scripts, radio drama, screenwriting and prose non-fiction
  • How to reference and how to construct the bibliography for Unit 4
  • Example Reflective Commentary

Drafting chart, reading log, quotation log, and commentary checklists all included.

  • Useful vocabulary and key terms for specified genres
  • Recommended reading list
  • Additional exercises on narrative and clichés


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