Bold Girls

We have used ‘Bold Girls’ as our Scottish Set Text this year – I don’t have so many resources for this (although I recommend this article and this wiki by Dave Terron) but what I have put together is available here:

The SQA Specimen Paper can be downloaded by clicking here.

Characters, Relationships and Themes – Class Mindmaps

Advice for Answering the ‘8 Mark’ Questions

Bold Girls Practice ‘8 Mark’ Questions

Bold Girls Exam Preparation

Example Set Text Analysis Questions:

Comments
  1. Megan Crawford says:

    so i wont be penilised if i dont memorise quotes for the 8 mark question?

    • That’s correct. There is no requirement for specific quotation in the 8-mark question, although you might as well quote from the extract for those marks. What you do need is a very clear reference to a specific point in the text, preferably including the scene number, location, characters involved and event/discussion taking place.

  2. A National 5 student says:

    I’m really sorry but can you please tell me if this answer is ok? I’m really unsure of how to answer the 8 markers using references (but I don’t want to memorise loads of quotes). So, in the question: “Explain how well the extract introduces two of the four characters in the play,” part of my answer was, “In the first scene Marie’s house is shown as full of piles of ironing, toys and other domestic items. She bursts into the room and starts calling for her son. We then see her bustle about the room and start multiple jobs at the same time. This introduces her character well because we see how busy and energetic she is, but it also introduces her as a mother who goes about her tasks with genuine pleasure and efficiency.”

    Is that ok? Also, do you have any other tips for 8 mark questions/using references in 8 mark questions? Thank you 🙂

    • Hi. For the 8 mark question your references to other parts of the play only need to be “clear references” – there’s no need to memorise quotes and I certainly don’t advise my students to do so. It’s a wee bit hard to judge without seeing the full answer but as far as I can see the point you’ve provided would easily gain 2 marks (if anything, the reference is probably more detailed than it needs to be).

      Overall for the 8 mark question I’d recommend answering with 4 pairs of bullet points. With the question you’re using here that would mean:

      Character 1
      – Reference / quotation from the extract
      – Clear explanation of what it tells us about the character

      – Reference from somewhere else in the play
      – Clear explanation of what it tells us about the character (try to link with previous point)

      Character 2
      – Reference / quotation from the extract
      – Clear explanation of what it tells us about the character

      – Reference from somewhere else in the play
      – Clear explanation of what it tells us about the character (try to link with previous point)

      Just try to be as clear as possible and you should do fine.

      Hopefully that helps?

      • A National 5 student says:

        Thank you so much! That is really helpful and it’s reassuring to know I’m on the right lines 🙂

  3. Miss Stewart says:

    Thanks for this, using resources to support my S4 class.
    Miss S

  4. john doe says:

    thanks so much for this prelims on Monday

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