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GCSE English Literature SOW for Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Shirley Bierman | Thursday November 28, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A663, WJEC GCSE English Literature

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Suitable for Guidance for

WJEC Unit 2a: Contemporary Prose (examination worth 20%); this unit is taught alongside the Literary Heritage Drama (worth the other 20% of final exam in this unit).

OCR Unit A663: Prose from Different Cultures (examination worth 25%)

Seven Week Scheme of Work Outline


  • For students to enjoy reading the novel and appreciating it as a contemporary text.
  • For students to gain confidence in their understanding of characters, themes, language and structure as well as social, cultural and historical contexts.
  • For students to understand how to show imagination and critical understanding.
  • For students to show effective evidence in their written responses utilising the PEE chain.

Literature Assessment Objectives


Pupils should be taught to:

AO1: Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.

AO2: Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.


Pupils should be taught to:

AO2: Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

AO4: Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts and at different times.

Scheme of Work

See link at the bottom for the GCSE English Literature Teacher / Student Guide to Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clake Ha ha Ha published on EnglishEdu.

Week One

  1. Pre-reading questions to be completed on background to the novel.
  2. Student activities to be completed on what the terms “rites of passage? and ‘Bildungsroman’ mean as well as what is a first person narrative and the effects of such choices.
  3. Finding out about certain people such as who George Best was and Geronimo – aspects of the fictional context created by Doyle for Paddy.
  4. ...

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