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Ruth Owen | Monday October 17, 2011



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

Assessment Objectives for Question One - Victorian Literature AS English Literature

It is essential that you bear these assessment objectives in mind when planning and writing your answer.

AO1 6%

Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2 9%

Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts.

AO3 4%

Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers.

AO4 18%

Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

This question is worth 30% of your AS level - 15% of your whole A level.

NB Quality of written communication, candidates must:

  • ensure writing is legible and spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate so meaning is clear
  • select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter
  • organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate

Of course this will be tested in AO1 in this question and all other questions in A Level Literature

Exemplar Response for Question One LTA1 Victorian Literature

Question 1

Read the following extract carefully. It is taken from an article written by the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray in 1860 for The Cornhill Magazine. Here Thackeray expresses his views on the rapid industrial progress of the Victorian era.

How does the writer present his thoughts and feelings about aspects of Victorian life?

How far is the extract similar to and different from your wider reading in Victorian literature?...

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