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AQA LITB1 Aspects of Narrative Select Poems of Robert Frost

Steph Atkinson | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Frost, Frost's Selected Poems, Writing, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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These 9 commentaries on the poems of Robert Frost are intended to function in two ways: as generic sets of notes for teaching any of these poems at GCSE or A Level, and, predominantly, as teaching notes for the AQA AS level unit, LITB1, ‘Aspects of Narrative’.

They can be used for both Section A and Section B of the LITB1 exam, since Frost can be used in either section. They focus on the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1 - Articulate, creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression.
  • AO2 - Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the what’s in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts
  • AO3 - Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers.
  • AO4 - Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

In terms of assessment objectives, the main focus of the notes is AO2 (form, structure and language) and AO3 (connections, comparisons and different interpretations) as these carry the greatest weighting in LITB1:

Overall weighting at AS

  • AO1 - 10
  • AO2 - 25
  • AO3 - 20
  • AO4 - 5

The notes therefore focus on form, structure, language, connections between the poems and different ways of interpreting them. In the LITB1 exam, the assessment objectives are tested as follows:

  • Section A Odd numbered questions AO2 Even numbered questions AO1, 3 and 4
  • Section B One question AO1, 2 and 3

Therefore, the relevant sections of the notes can be focused on, depending on your teaching focus. In this way, they are intended as multi-purpose. The final section of each set of notes is highly specific to LITB1, with particular focus on the Aspects of Narrative. Narrative perspective/voice and structure are privileged, just as they are in the AQA mark...

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