Command Words in Questions and Planning Written Responses

The resources here may be of help to many students – there are so many students who are verbally smart but sometimes:

  1. don’t respond to the specific demands of a question
  2. don’t know how to communicate their ideas on paper adequately

The resources require students to think about command words in questions, to be very clear on what is being demanded of them and to consider how to plan a written response.

The powerpoint (CH) is a stimulus because different subject areas may define the key, command words slightly differently. That said, it is a useful stimulus and demonstrates how key words can demand different levels of skill and be linked to different grades of question and, ultimately, different GCSE grades.

It is important to not only know what is being demanded but to be able to actually then structure an appropriate written response. The word documents give examples for RE (GC) and for English.

It is worth considering discussing this at home, with a Study Buddy and/or in consultation with subject teachers – especially where there is currently below-target performance.

How to structure an answer to a Religious Studies GCSE exam question

Ways to Structure Responses to English Paper 1 Question 5

Session 3- Decoding Exam Questions

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