Paper 1: sample responses

Sample paper 1 responses

Linked from this page are a range of paper 1 responses with teacher marks and comments.  It is important for teachers and students to look at a range of examples so that you become familiar with the expectations of Paper 1 and how student work is assessed using the criteria.  While many of these samples could be described as exemplary, they do vary in approach, style and quality; it is important for students to see that there is not one set way of responding to this examination, and it is also useful to look at examples in terms of what they get wrong or could do better, as well as those that do a lot of things right.   

These samples are organised by literary form so that as we post more responses it will be easier to navigate these pages to find examples from drama, poetry, prose fiction and non-fiction.

Responses to drama 

Responses to poetry 

Responses to prose fiction 

Responses to prose non-fiction 

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