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Pearson Edexcel International GCSE In English Language (4EA1) Paper 1R: Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing

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Question Number AO1 Read and understand a variety of texts, selecting and interpreting information, ideas and perspectives. Mark 1 Accept any of the following, up to a maximum of two marks: •... ‘(grass) cracks’ (1) • ‘(grass) swishes’ (1) • ‘(my) chest vibrates’ (1) • ‘rumble / of heavy feet moving fast’ (1) • ‘“Quickly, quickly!” / Hemanta / whispers’ (1) (2) Question Number AO1 Read and understand a variety of texts, selecting and interpreting information, ideas and perspectives. Mark 2 Accept any reasonable explanation of what we learn about the people and animals of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, in own words where possible, up to a maximum of four marks. For example: • Hemanta has been a guide in the park for many years • walking in the park can be dangerous • 14 villagers lost their lives after being attacked by animals in the park in 2017 • an elephant, which they called Ronaldo, has killed 15 local people • the local people do not seek revenge on the animals who kill, so Ronaldo has not been shot - this would probably have happened elsewhere • Ronaldo recently destroyed part of a hotel • the local people’s attitude towards the damage and death caused by the animals is very tolerant, perhaps because they believe in the natural cycle of life • the guides in the park do not carry guns and only have bamboo sticks to ward off the animals • there is a sign in the park warning people not to scare the animals Reward all valid points. (4) https://britishstudentroom-b430a.web.app/5 Question Number AO1 Read and understand a variety of texts, selecting and interpreting information, ideas and perspectives. Mark 3 Accept any reasonable description of the encounter with the rhinoceros, up to a maximum of five marks. For example: • the writer and his companions meet the rhino suddenly at the end of the day: ‘The sun is fading when we turn a corner and come face to face with it’ • the rhino had been walking around but has stopped and is watching them: he ‘is stock still now, his head turned pointedly in our direction’ • the rhino is a large male: 'weighs more than a jeep', 'stands over 6ft at the shoulder' • given the speed that he can run, is scarily close: ‘he’s only 50 metres away’ • Hemanta leads the men back to try to hide behind a small tree • the rhino does not take his eyes from them and ‘stares us down’ • the writer observes the rhino closely and describes his appearance in detail: ‘Ribs show like hoops in a wooden barrel’ • the rhino uses his senses to decide what to do next: he ‘sniffs hard’ and ‘takes gummy gulps of air’ • the men try to make themselves look smaller as they wait to see what the rhino will do • after what seems like a very long time – ‘an eternity later’ – the rhino moves away Reward all valid points. (5) https://britishstudentroom-b430a.web.app/6 Question Number Indicative content 4 Reward responses that explain and analyse how the writer uses language and structure to create tension and suspense. Examiners should refer to the following bullet points and then to the table on page 8 to come to an overall judgement. Responses may include some of the following points: • the passage begins as a narrative recount, drawing the readers into the story • as a build-up to the hunt, time markers are used to show how the watchers are waiting and observing the approach of the narwhal pods: ‘Two hours after’, ‘Within an hour’ • the poetic description of the narwhal spray ‘catching the light in a spectral play of colour’ adds a mystical quality to the description, with the adjective ‘spectral’ making it sound ghostly • the adverbs used to describe the narwhal moving ‘slowly, methodically’ create a sense of anticipation, and the contrast with the manner in which the writer is ‘Scrambling back’ highlights her excitement; the writer’s ‘sharp intake of breath’ indicates her sense of anticipation as to what may happen • the utter stillness of the scene, and the fact that the hunters appeared close enough to touch the narwhal but ‘never moved’, add to a sense of tension • the visual imagery with its references to light in ‘glittering kingdom’ and ‘The evening light was turning butter-gold’ show how the writer was awed and overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape. There is a dreamlike quality to the description reinforced by the metaphor of the ‘kingdom’ • the writer muses on whether the narwhal might be ‘mischievous tricks of the shifting light’, which gives them an ethereal quality • the juxtaposition of the nouns ‘man and whale’ leads the reader to anticipate a confrontation of epic proportions • the use of the plural pronoun in ‘we sat at the lookout’ shows how the writer feels connected to the other women who are watching; the fact that they need binoculars shows how they are too distant to do anything but watch as events unfold • the atmosphere of suspense is lifted in the third paragraph where the writer moves away from describing the build-up to the hunt and adopts a very factual tone; the present tense is used to expound on how the Inughuit benefit from the narwhal • the use of the adjective ‘essential’ to explain how the narwhal is necessary for ‘the survival of the hunters’ highlights the importance of the hunt to the community; this is reinforced further on in the passage with the adjectives ‘crucial’, ‘staple’ and ‘much-needed’, leading the reader to consider what the consequences of a failed hunt might be • the writer returns to the hunt in the fourth paragraph, starting with a long complex sentence that moves from all the women to [Show More]

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