SEC Marking Schemes Translated (Paper II, The Single Text)

May 19, 2017

SEC Marking Schemes Translated (Paper II, The Single Text)

Well, if your answer is ‘Yes’ to the above, this is the guide for you. Keep reading for our translation of one example of the SEC marking schemes used annually by Irish examiners to assess Ireland’s exam students.

 

Leaving Certificate English Higher Level 2016

 

PAPER 2 SECTION 1 – THE SINGLE TEXT (60 marks)

 

Candidates must answer ONE question from this section.

 

A WUTHERING HEIGHTS – Emily Brontë

 

(i) “Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff share a variety of character traits that contribute to the dramatic and tragic aspects of the story.”

 

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Support your answer with reference to the novel, Wuthering Heights.

 

Mark ex 60 by reference to the criteria for assessment using the following breakdown of marks.

 

P 18

C 18

L 18

M 6

60 marks

 

A+ B C D E-

100% 60 – 51 42 33 24 23 – 0

30% 18 – 16 13 10 8 7 – 0

10% 6 – 5 4 3 3 2 – 0

 

Mark-Grade range: 51+=A, 42-50=B, 33-41=C, etc.

 

Candidates may choose to agree and/or disagree wholly or in part with the statement provided. Candidates should engage with a variety of character traits Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff share/do not share that contribute/do not contribute to the dramatic and tragic aspects of the story. Candidates may address “dramatic and tragic aspects of the story” separately or together.

 

Reward the extent to which the shared/individual traits discussed contribute to the dramatic and tragic aspects of the story.

 

Answers should be supported by reference to the text.

 

You should look to quote directly from the text. Failing that, give specific examples and reference specific moments and scenes.

 

Indicative material:

· Catherine and Heathcliff share a stubborn, rebellious and passionate disposition which adds drama to their relationship and contributes to the wider tragedy of the story

· shared character traits such as impulsiveness and volatility serve to heighten both the dramatic and tragic aspects of the story

· both can exhibit cruelty and vengefulness with dramatic and tragic consequences

· the characters’ capacity for emotional extremes can create conflict and tragedy

· Catherine and Heathcliff’s character traits can be seen as different rather than shared, not necessarily contributing to either the dramatic or tragic aspects of the story

Etc.

 

Again, this list isn’t exclusive or exhaustive, but you will likely refer to at least some of its elements.

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