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WJEC Duffy and Pugh Poetry Guide

Andrea Lewis | Wednesday December 02, 2009

Categories: WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, KS5 Archive, WJEC A Level

WJEC AS Literature: LT1 Section A

Teaching Poetry Texts for the Examination (LT1 Section A): Carol Ann Duffy and Sheenagh Pugh

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  1. WJEC Duffy and Pugh Poetry Guide
  2. WJEC LT1 Duffy and Pugh Poetry Scheme of Work
  3. Poem Chart
  4. Education for Leisure Guardian Article
  5. Duffy ‘Comprehensive’ Worksheet
  6. 3 Pugh Poems for Discussion and Analysis in Groups
  7. Lesson Plan for Mid Term Review
  8. Duffy and Pugh Mid Course Review and Revision
  9. Poem Titles Cards
  10. Poetry Powerpoint Worksheet
  11. Duffy and Pugh Examination Question Practice and Sample Answer

For the comparative and wider reading requirements of the new A level specifications, the WJEC have introduced the idea of ‘CORE’ and ‘PARTNER’ texts, a concept which is developed throughout both AS and A2.

Teachers of literature are used to teaching comparison and connections between texts but this is something slightly different as the texts are not given equal weight.  To quote the exam board’s advice on delivering the specification:

The WJEC specification provides opportunities for students to read texts both for detailed study and for wider reading. The texts selected for detailed study are referred to as ‘core’ texts and the texts selected for wider reading are referred to as ‘partner’ texts. The partner text illuminates the core text study and helps inform students’ understanding of the core text by facilitating links or contrasts such as genre, time, theme, period, structure, style.

Clearly, the key word is ‘illuminates’ but the concept behind it is perhaps quite demanding for both teacher and student.  The ideal situation is for students to read the ‘partner’ text on their own and bring their ideas and comments into class for discussion when studying the ‘core’ text; however, students at AS level are not always ready for this amount of independence and the teacher has to decide how to devise the course in such a way as to maximise learning and achievement!

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