Grade Descriptors for Literature

Grade A

A Grade A candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

sustain a perceptive and convincing response with well-chosen detail of narrative and situation;

demonstrate clear critical/analytical understanding of the author’s intentions and the text’s

deeper implications and the attitudes it displays;

make much well selected reference to the text;

respond sensitively and in detail to the way language works in the text;

communicate a considered and reflective personal response to the text.

Grade C

A Grade C candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

make a reasonably sustained/extended response with detail of narrative and situation;

show understanding of the author’s intentions and some of the text’s deeper implications and the attitudes it displays;

show some thoroughness in use of the text for support;

make some response to the way language works in the text;

communicate an informed personal response to the text.

Grade E

A Grade E candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

make some relevant comments in terms of narrative and situation;

show some understanding of the author’s intentions and the surface meaning of the text;

make a little reference to the text for support;

make a little reference to the language of the text;

communicate a basic personal response to the text.

Grade F

A Grade F candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

make a few straightforward points in terms of narrative and situation;

show a few signs of understanding of the author’s intentions and the surface meanings of the text;

make a little reference to the text;

show evidence of a simple personal response.

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