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Student Study Guide for Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller »

Mandy Lloyd | Friday May 02, 2014

Categories: KS4, KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, Drama, Death of a Salesman, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis

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Form - ‘Tragedy’

In classical tragedies, so famous in ancient Greece, the playwright presents a protagonist (a ‘hero figure’) who initially succeeds but then suffers a ‘reversal of fortune’: we watch his fall from grace because he ‘over-reaches’ and dares the gods in some way, angering them and causing them to bring about his downfall. The gods bring the hero to fail because of a human weakness – a ‘fatal flaw’. The audience are brought to pity him as we see that without the flaw, his nobility and...

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AQA AS Eng Lit Guide LITA 1b World War One Literature »

Julie Richardson | Tuesday April 29, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, Drama, Journey's End, Black'ell and Survivors, Hot Entries, Poetry, Analysing Poetry, Kipling, My Boy Jack, Larkin, MCMXIV, Sassoon, Suicide in the Trenches , World War One, Writing, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis

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Associated Resources

  • World War One Literature Scheme of Work.docx
  • Extract From Black’ell and Survivors.pdf
  • Group Task One WWI What I Know.docx

Resources for Exploring Wider Reading

This resource is designed to expose students to a wide range of WW1 Literature, intending to give them a broad and useful understanding and appreciation of the texts and their context. The texts selected in this scheme of work focus on the Poetry and Drama wider reading requirements of the Section A: Contextual Linking of AQA LTA1...

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A Level Teacher’s Guide to T. S. Eliot’s Poem The Waste Land »

Paul Merrell | Monday April 14, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA1, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL03, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, Hot Entries, Poetry, Eliot, The Waste Land

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I love teaching this text; in fact, I see it as one of the most versatile (and important) things that I deliver across all of my KS5 classes – be it A Level, Pre-U or on the IB.

I know Eliot’s poetry appears in various forms across a wide range of specifications and courses, but I more often than not teach this poem as either a comparative coursework text or, more generally, as key AO4 information for any Modernist writer. I don’t know how, for example, you could prepare a class on Waugh’s A Handful of...

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An AQA English Literature LTA1A Guide: Victorian Literature »

David Dunford | Friday April 04, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Poetry, Analysing Poetry, Tennyson, Prose, Victorian Literature, Writing, Poetry Analysis

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Distant though the Victorian era may seem to most young people today, it is of enormous importance in being the origin of many of the things we now take for granted – in terms of technological development, changes in society and in attitudes and beliefs. It was a period of massive changes, which many people resisted or tried to ignore. Not surprisingly, many writers tried to draw the public’s attention to their significance.

  • The effects of the Industrial Revolution; growth of cities and agricultural...
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AQA English Literature LTA1C Guide: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature »

David Dunford | Thursday April 03, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Poetry, Angelou, And Still I Rise, Duffy, Feminine Gospels, Sheers, Skirrid Hill, Writing, Literary Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Poetry Analysis

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What is modern? Strictly since 1900, but most of the texts you study are more recent than that.
Why then? It was the start of more general questioning of attitudes previously assumed to be true. (WW1 was a major catalyst).
What attitudes?

  • Race:  White races superior to all others (and British to be chosen by God to lead the world). British Empire. (Also ethnic or tribal conflict in other areas).
  • Gender: Men to be the breadwinners, the leaders in politics, church, business; women the home makers.
  • Sexuality:...
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AQA English Literature A: LTA1B World War One Literature »

David Dunford | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Poetry, World War One, Writing, Literary Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Poetry Analysis

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There can be little doubt why so much has been – and continues to be - written about WW1, both at the time and in the nearly 100 years since it began. Perhaps the reasons can be divided into two groups.

No conflict like it had ever occurred before:

  • The numbers of people involved.
  • The appalling conditions, particular on the Western Front.
  • The growing sense of waste and futility.
  • The loss of vast numbers, sometimes significant parts of a community, with few signs of progress.
  • The sense that some people profited...
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An AQA/Edexcel A Level Teacher’s Guide to Restoration Comedy »

Victoria Elliott | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, Hot Entries

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Relevance for Syllabuses:

AQA LITA3 Love Through the Ages
Restoration Comedy is a key movement in the study of the theme of love in literature, partly because of its historical context in the history of theatre (women now allowed on stage), and partly because of its translation of romantic love into ‘realistic’ plots. It also sets up some of the key conventions which continue through to the present day.

AQA LITB2 Dramatic Genres
The current dramatic genre for the AS coursework in AQA LITB is ‘comedy’....

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A Guide to OCR A2 F663 Section B (from 2013): Drama and Poetry Pre-1800 »

Paul Merrell | Tuesday April 01, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Literature, Drama, The Rivals, Hot Entries, Poetry, Chaucer, The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Prologue, Writing, Comparing & Contrasting, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis

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The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale with Comparative Notes for Sheridan’s The Rivals

Introduction

This guide covers Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath, both the Prologue and Tale, and focuses of the A2 OCR unit F663, Section B – but the guide should prove very useful to anyone teaching these Chaucer texts for any other exam board. The OCR unit itself requires a comparison with another text, and in this guide, that text is Sheridan’s The Rivals – thus, teachers will find much that is useful for this play here...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Texts in Context The Gentleman »

Alan Gleave | Monday March 31, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Victorian Literature, Writing, Prose Analysis

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“The Gentleman” Part 1

The following is one of a series of lessons aimed at helping students to improve their preparation for the unseen element in their AQA LITA1a exam unit: Victorian Literature. There will be two lessons based upon one text this time, this being Part 1.

The passage below is taken from a university lecture given by the eminent Victorian, John Henry Newman – academic, churchman, and since July 2012, Catholic saint!
It deals with the ideal of ‘The Gentleman’.

The concept of ‘the...

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A Level English Literature Guide to T S Eliot’s Poem The Waste Land »

Theresa Sowerby | Monday March 31, 2014

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL03, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, Hot Entries, Poetry, Eliot, The Waste Land

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The following is not a detailed study guide to the whole text of The Waste Land but a number of suggestions about how to tackle this often truly exciting yet notoriously challenging text so as to enable students to answer effectively on it without becoming overwhelmed by real or preconceived difficulties. The guide would be suited to many A level English Literature courses (AQA, WJEC, OCR or Edexcel).

Introducing the Poem

Readers will usually respond more fruitfully if they have some prior experience of Eliot’s...

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An English Literature Guide to The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde »

Chris Curtis | Monday November 18, 2013

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 1 Understanding Prose, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A664, KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, Hot Entries, Prose, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

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The Really Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde

For readers today The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, is far from being a shocking story that induces both fear and terror into our beating hearts. It’s a story whose effects have been diluted by modern graphic media content, constant repetition and simplified interpretations over the years since it was first published in1888. We know the story so well that it even features in popular cartoons like ‘Scooby Doo’ and ‘Tom and Jerry’: it can’t...

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An A Level Guide to Context »

Steve Campsall | Friday November 15, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Language A, AQA A Level English Language B, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, AQA A Level Generic Skills, AQA A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Literature, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Language, WJEC A Level English Literature, WJEC A Level Generic Skills, WJEC A Level Skills Resources, Hot Entries, Writing, Contextual Research

Teacher’s Note

Below is an EnglishEdu Student Guide that will, hopefully, help your own students to a deeper and useful understanding of the key idea of context. Many students struggle with this concept which, along with purpose, audience and genre must surely rank as one of the four key aspects of all texts; indeed, it could be argued that, along with the individual writer or speaker of a text, context is the main aspect of central concern as, from these two, all others flow. With that in mind, this guide also touches on purpose, audience...

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A Level English Literature Guide to Unit 4 LITA4 »

ruthowen | Monday November 11, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, Drama, A Street Car Named Desire, Hamlet, Measure For Measure, Othello, Hot Entries, Prose, Enduring Love, Notes on a Scandal, Revolutionary Road, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Essays, Literary Analysis

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LITA4 Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study

This unit of study provides an excellent opportunity to explore the theme of love through literature, which is also the topic of your examined unit, Unit 3, LITA3

You are required to write a sustained essay on three texts of your own choice, one of which must be a play by Shakespeare. The three texts must be linked by either the theme of ‘Love through the Ages’ or by any other theme of your own choice but agreed with your teacher.

The two texts other than the...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Ruskin on Railways Two »

Alan Gleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Victorian Literature, Writing, Analytical Writing, Descriptive Writing, Prose Analysis

John Ruskin’s (1819-1900) Open Letter on Railway-Building: Lesson Two




AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Ruskin on Railways One »

Alan Gleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Victorian Literature, Writing, Analytical Writing, Descriptive Writing, Prose Analysis

John Ruskin’s (1819-1900) Open Letter on Railway-Building: Lesson One




AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Laws Concerning Women Two »

Alan Gleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Prose, Victorian Literature, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 2




AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Laws Concerning Women One »

Alan Gleave | Tuesday October 15, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Hot Entries, Prose, Victorian Literature, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 1




A Level English Literature Guide to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey »

Victoria Elliott | Monday May 20, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, Gothic, Gothic Resources, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Northanger Abbey, Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

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Guide Navigation

Overview | Context | Form
Characters | Themes | Setting | Language

Specifications and Assessment Objectives

AQA English Literature A A2 Unit 3 Reading for Meaning: Love through the Ages Examination

Content

Candidates should read at least three texts in order to prepare for a paper which will contain unprepared passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary.

The topic for this unit is Love Through the Ages. ‘Love’ will include romantic love but will not be restricted to that...

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A Guide to Love Through The Ages »

ruthowen | Tuesday April 16, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, Drama, Analysing Drama, A Lady of Letters, Equus, Hamlet, King Lear, Measure For Measure, Othello, Hot Entries, Poetry, Analysing Poetry, Brooke, The Soldier, Eliot, The Waste Land, Graves, Symptoms of Love, Hardy, The Going, Your Last Drive, Heaney, Mid-Term Break, Lamb, The First Tooth, Letts, The Deserter, Shakespeare, Sonnet 130, Prose, Enduring Love, Great Expectations, On Chesil Beach, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis

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Guide Navigation

  1. Studying For The Exam
  2. Examples From Literature
  3. About The Exam
  4. Further Reading
  5. The Examination
  6. Symptoms of Love, Graves
  7. On Chesil Beach
  8. The First Tooth, Lamb
  9. The Deserter
  10. The Soldier, Brooke
  11. A Lady of Letters
  12. Sonnet 130, Shakespeare
  13. Measure for Measure
  14. Hamlet
  15. Othello
  16. King Lear
  17. Equus
  18. Great Expectations
  19. Enduring Love
  20. Mid-Term Break, Heaney
  21. Your Last Drive
  22. The Going
  23. The Waste Land, Elliot

Studying For The Exam

The title of this AQA A2 Unit is Reading for Meaning – Love through the Ages. It is worth taking a moment to...

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A Level English Literature Starters »

Beth Kemp | Monday March 11, 2013

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, AQA A Level English Literature B, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Starters, KS5 English Starters

This collection of lesson starters for A Level English Literature complement the collection of ‘ice breakers’ and general English starters for broad recapping ideas, word games, creative writing starters, essay skills, general terms activities and skill builders. See A Level English Starters.

General discussion prompts are useful as broad starters once in a while. Try one of these quotations to get the class thinking:

  • “Literature adds to reality. It does not simply describe it.” C. S. Lewis
  • “Poetry is the best words in the best...
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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein PPTs »

Sarah Knightley | Wednesday November 07, 2012

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE English Literature, KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, F662, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Literature, Hot Entries, Prose, Frankenstein, Writing, Prose Analysis

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Associated Resources

  • 1. Shelley - Frankenstein Walton’s Letters 1-4.pptx
  • 2. Shelley - Frankenstein Allusions and Victor Ch 1-4.pptx
  • 3. Shelley - Frankenstein The Birth of the Creature Ch 5-8.pptx
  • 4. Shelley - Frankenstein Families Ch 15 Focus.pptx
  • 5. Shelley - Frankenstein The Trial Ch 16-17.pptx
  • 6. Shelley - Frankenstein Female Characters Ch18-20.pptx



A Guide to Victorian Literature LTA1 »

ruthowen | Friday October 19, 2012

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, Poetry, Browning, Hardy, Rossetti, Tennyson, Prose, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Victorian Literature, Wuthering Heights

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Source: Work, Ford Madox Brown

Guide Navigation

  1. A Guide to Queen Victoria’s Reign
  2. Prose
  3. Poetry
  4. Drama
  5. Non-Fiction
  6. Examination
  7. Assessment Objectives, Exemplar & Contextual Linking



Analysing Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday April 24, 2012

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA1, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA2, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, Gothic, Gothic Resources, Hot Entries, Prose, Jane Eyre, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis

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Binary Opposition

The way a text creates and shapes its reader’s interpretation to develop both meaning and feeling can be fruitfully and subtly analysed by means of binary opposition. Despite its apparent complexity, this method can easily be understood by students of varying levels and ability from GCSE upwards. It can allow them to create subtle analyses of texts of the kind that can fulfil the requirements of the highest grade bands.

The theory works from the premise that many words and phrases have, as Steve Campsall terms it, their...

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A Guide to 1984 »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday April 17, 2012

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Nineteen Eighty Four, Writing, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3

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Love and Relationships in 1984

1984 is commonly studied at A Level and is often cited as a fine modern example of dystopian fiction. At the heart of the narrative lies a relationship between two characters: the protagonist, Winston Smith and his girlfriend and accomplice, known simply as Julia: this has both thematic and symbolic significance. In addition, Winston’s relationship with his mother, his colleagues, and O’Brien, and the relationship between the present and the past, are important, as well as...

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A Guide to The French Lieutenant’s Woman »

Mandy Lloyd | Monday January 30, 2012

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, The French Lieutenant's Woman, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01

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AQA A Literature | Unit LITA4: ‘Literary Connections’

This novel can be chosen as a coursework text for this A2 unit.

Below is a summary of the AQA Assessment Objectives. The guide focuses on the techniques Fowles used when writing his novel, including what are called his ‘postmodern’ techniques. There are also two worked essay examples to show how you might achieve high marks in this unit.

The Assessment Objectives

It’s important thing to be aware of the assessment objectives for your piece of work or exam paper. If you know...

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An Introduction to Edward Thomas »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday September 08, 2011

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, Poetry, Analysing Poetry, Thomas, Aspens

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Related Resources

  • Edward Thomas Poetry Resources
  • Edward Thomas Aspens PPT

Edward Thomas and His Poetry

Edward Thomas is one of our most highly regarded war poets and yet in the popular imagination is perhaps less well-known; his work has attracted the highest critical acclaim.

Here are some comments:

Because all of his poetry was written after the outbreak of war, it is all, in an important sense, war poetry. Behind every line, whether mentioned or not, lies imminent danger and disruption. Andrew Motion

And from the foreword to the...

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A Guide to Jane Eyre »

Victoria Elliott | Tuesday August 30, 2011

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA2, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, Gothic, Gothic Resources, Hot Entries, Prose, Jane Eyre

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1. ­Overview of Specifications & Assessment Objectives

2. Context

3. Form

4. Characters

5. Themes

6. Setting

7. Language

8. Writing about Jane Eyre




A Guide to Measure for Measure and Scheme of Work »

Andrea Lewis | Wednesday August 03, 2011

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Measure For Measure, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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Guide Navigation

  1. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 1 + Scheme of Work
  2. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 2
  3. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 3
  4. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 4
  5. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 5

Act 1 and Scheme of Work

Why teach ‘Measure for Measure’?

Measure for Measure is certainly not the easiest of Shakespeare’s dramas nor is it probably one of the most popular choices when teachers are thinking about AS and A2 level specifications; however, the degree of challenge involved in teaching it is...

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A Guide to Hamlet »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday July 07, 2011

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, 6ET04, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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  1. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1
  2. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2
  3. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3
  4. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4
  5. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5

Introduction and Act 1

Hamlet: tragic hero?

Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical approaches.

The aim of this...

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A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing »

Steph Atkinson | Monday June 20, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE English Literature, KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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‘Much Ado about Nothing’ in context: ‘Comedy’ vs. ‘Tragedy’

Much Ado About Nothing is technically considered to be a Shakespearean ‘comedy’ of the classical kind; indeed, it’s even frequently taught at KS3 owing to its frequent comic tone. The witty and entertaining exchanges between the main protagonists Beatrice and Benedick have been the subject of much literary criticism and are often considered to be the most engaging and enjoyable parts of the play in performance.

The parallel story within the plot of the...

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A Teacher’s Guide to A Woman of No Importance »

Christine Sweeney | Monday June 13, 2011

Categories: Drama, A Woman Of No Importance, Hot Entries, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET04, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT3

Associated Resources

  • Part 1 - AWONI Teaching Guide.doc
  • Part 2 - AWONI Annotated Guide.doc
  • Part 3 - AWONI Teaching Guide.doc

Why you might like to teach this text!

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A Woman of No Importance is a wonderful text to teach and your students will enjoy studying it.

It is short, it has an absorbing and convincing plot and its themes are easily recognised, interestingly explored and persuasively presented.

On top of this, Wilde is a fine and witty dramatist who uses his chosen form in fascinating ways not only, at the level of plot, to entertain but...

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A Student’s Guide to ’Much Ado About Nothing’ »

Mandy Lloyd | Monday June 06, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE English Literature, KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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Associated Resources

  • A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing by Steph Jackson
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Student’s Guide.doc

This brief study guide focuses on the themes, language and issues of the play relevant to the current A-Level Literature specification AO2 requirement of form, structure and language: ‘demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts’.

The guide also explores some areas of the historical context of the play which will assist you with...

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A Level English Literature | Guide to Narrative Analysis »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday March 16, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, LITB2, LITB3, LITB4

Although analysing a text at the level of narrative is a direct requirement of some English Literature courses, such as AQA’s LITB1, it is an analytical technique that can be quite generally applied across many texts – even non-fictional and media texts.

Narrative is a central aspect of imaginative fiction such as short-stories, the novel and many poems but it also crops up in very many everyday texts. Despite this, it remains a less than easy idea to grasp and can easily prove a challenge to even the brightest students. This guide...

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How to Improve Grades When Writing for Othello »

Christine Sweeney | Wednesday February 16, 2011

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Othello, Exemplars, Exemplar Materials, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

Associated Resources

A Guide to Teaching Othello

Click on the link below to download this resource.

Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.doc

Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.docx




A Guide to Teaching Othello »

Christine Sweeney | Wednesday February 16, 2011

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Othello, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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How to improve grades when writing for Othello

This EnglishEdu guide on Shakespeare’s popular A Level play, Othello, aims to supplement rather than replace other readily available Internet and printed material for the teaching of the play.

The guide explores the issues, themes and characters in the play that are particularly relevant to the current (2010) A Level Literature specifications. To add to the usefulness, and with an eye to the central AO requirement of close textual analysis of form, structure and...

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English Literature Frameworks Guide »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 06, 2010

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, LITB3, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, 6ET03, 6ET04, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, F664, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, LT3

Guide Navigation

  1. Close Reading & Textual Analysis
  2. Close Analysis
  3. Openings
  4. Characters and Characterisation
  5. Setting, Places and Scenes
  6. Atmosphere, Mood, Tone and Foreshadowing
  7. Dialogue
  8. Description, Imagery, Figurative Language
  9. Irony
  10. Alternative Interpretations
  11. Narrative
  12. Verisimilitude
  13. Time
  14. Symbolism
  15. Context
  16. Genre



Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday August 19, 2009

Categories: KS5, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET03, OCR A Level, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, Gothic, Gothic Resources, Prose, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles in context

In an ideal world, we would study the whole text with all our students for AS and A2 English Literature. However, we realise that, given the pressures of A level study and teaching, this is not always possible. Therefore, it can be useful to teach using carefully selected extracts which are relevant to the module being studied. This can necessitate just as much preparation on the part of the teacher, who must read the whole text and locate suitable extracts. This guide aims to facilitate this process by...

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AQA English Literature A – LTA1A Question 1 (Wider Reading) »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday August 18, 2009

Categories: AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1

LTA1A – Introduction to Wider Reading

LTA1A is entitled “Texts in Context”, and Question 1 of this examination module is known as the “Contextual Linking” or “Wider Reading” question. Candidates are presented with an unseen extract about an aspect of Victorian society or life and invited to compare it to their wider reading in the genres of prose, poetry and drama.

The technique of integrating wider reading into an analysis of an unseen text may be a new challenge to your students, and it is a skill which requires careful and...

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