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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Guide and Exemplar Material for Questions Two and Four »

Chris Barcock | Wednesday September 07, 2016

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives Schemes, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis

This material should be used in conjunction with the Edusites publication How to Compare and Contrast

AQA Paper Two

The relevant assessment objectives are:-

  • AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise from different texts.
  • AO3: Compare writer’s ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed across two or more texts.

Section A: Reading: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing:
writing to present a viewpoint

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two...

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OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Unseen Poetry Scheme »

Julia Allen | Wednesday October 14, 2015

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Hot Entries, Poetry, Blake, The Sick Rose, Burns, A Red Red Rose, Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Road Not Taken, Hannah, Symptoms, Kemp, I Sing the Battle, Sandburg, Sketch, Reading, Language Analysis, Understanding Structure, Understanding Vocabulary, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis

Associated Resources

  • Worksheet 1.docx
  • Worksheet 1 Level 1-3.docx
  • Worksheet 2.docx
  • Worksheet 3.docx
  • Worksheet 4.docx
  • Worksheet 5.docx
  • Teacher’s Copy Worksheet 5.docx
  • Success in the Unseen Poetry Section.pptx

Unseen Poetry - Component 2 Section A Part A

This scheme of work focuses upon the skills required for the unseen poetry question in section A of the paper. The Sample Questions at the end of the unit refer to the anthology poems so it is recommended that the pupils have studied at least some of them prior to this unit.

The Poetry Section...

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AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 2: Unseen Poetry Scheme 2 »

Julia Allen | Wednesday October 14, 2015

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry , Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry Schemes, Hot Entries, Poetry, Blake, The Sick Rose, Burns, A Red Red Rose, Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Road Not Taken, Hannah, Symptoms, Kemp, I Sing the Battle, Liz Lochhead, Poem for My Sister, Pastan, To A Daughter Leaving Home, Sandburg, Sketch, Reading, Language Analysis, Understanding Structure, Understanding Vocabulary, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts & Poetry Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • Worksheet 1.docx
  • Worksheet 1 Level 1-3.docx
  • Worksheet 2.docx
  • Worksheet 3.docx
  • Worksheet 4.docx
  • Worksheet 5.docx
  • Teacher’s Copy Worksheet 5.docx
  • Success in the Unseen Poetry Section.pptx

Unseen Poetry - Paper 2 Section C

  • This scheme of work focuses upon the unseen poetry section of the paper.
  • It is worth a total of 32 marks, with the whole paper being awarded up to 96 marks.

Summary of the Exam

The assessment is two hours and 15...

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WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 2: Unseen Poetry Scheme »

Julia Allen | Tuesday October 13, 2015

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 2: Prose, Drama and Unseen Poetry, Component 2: Prose, Drama and Unseen Poetry Schemes, Hot Entries, Poetry, Blake, The Sick Rose, Burns, A Red Red Rose, Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Road Not Taken, Gunn, Considering the Snail, Hannah, Symptoms, Kemp, I Sing the Battle, Morgan, A Gull, Sandburg, Sketch, Reading, Language Analysis, Understanding Structure, Understanding Vocabulary, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis

Associated Resources

  • Worksheet 1.docx
  • Worksheet 1 Level 1-3.docx
  • Worksheet 2.docx
  • Worksheet 3.docx
  • Worksheet 4.docx
  • Worksheet 5.docx
  • Teacher’s Copy Worksheet 5.docx
  • Success in the Unseen Poetry Section.pptx

Unseen Poetry - Component 2 Part C

  • This scheme of work focuses upon the unseen poetry section of the paper.
  • It is worth a total of 40 marks, with the whole paper being awarded up to 120 marks.
  • This section is worth 20% of the overall GCSE Literature percentage.

Summary of the Exam

The assessment is two hours and 30 minutes in duration...

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Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 2: Unseen Poetry Scheme »

Julia Allen | Friday October 09, 2015

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789, Component 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789 Schemes, Hot Entries, Poetry, Blake, The Sick Rose, Burns, A Red Red Rose, Downie, Great Grandfather, Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Road Not Taken, Hannah, Symptoms, Kemp, I Sing the Battle, Sandburg, Sketch, Ware, On The Verge, Reading, Language Analysis, Understanding Structure, Understanding Vocabulary, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis, Textual Analysis

Guide Navigation

  • Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 2: 19th-century Novel & Poetry since 1789 Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • Worksheet 1.docx
  • Worksheet 1 Level 1-3.docx
  • Worksheet 2.docx
  • Worksheet 3.docx
  • Worksheet 4.docx
  • Worksheet 5.docx
  • Teacher’s Copy Worksheet 5.docx
  • Success in the Unseen Poetry Section.pptx

Unseen Poetry - Section B Part 2

  • This scheme of work focuses upon the unseen poetry section of the paper.
  • It is worth a total of 20 marks, with the whole paper being awarded up to 80 marks.
  • This section is worth 12.5% of...
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OCR GCSE Eng Lang J351/02 Exploring Effects and Impact: Writing Scheme »

aborland | Thursday October 08, 2015

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Language 2015, J351 Component 02: Exploring Effects and Impact, J351 Component 02: Exploring Effects and Impact Schemes, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Language, Punctuation & Grammar, Narrative Writing, Textual Analysis

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  1. OCR GCSE Eng Lang J351/02 Exploring Effects and Impact: Reading Scheme
  2. OCR GCSE Eng Lang J351/02 Exploring Effects and Impact: Writing Scheme
  3. OCR GCSE English Language Component J351/02: Exploring Effects and Impact Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • OCR Eng Lang J35102 Writing Genres.docx
  • OCR Eng Lang J35102 Oliver Twist Sentences.docx
  • OCR Eng Lang J35102 Creative Pairings.docx

Note: this should be used in conjunction with the companion scheme of work OCR GCSE Eng Lang J351/02 Exploring Effects and Impact: Reading...

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AQA GCSE Eng Lang Paper 2 Section A Reading: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives »

rlsmedia | Monday August 31, 2015

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives Schemes, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Media Analysis

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives Assessment Pack

This unit has been designed to accompany the published AQA Exemplar Paper 2 Exam Paper.

Further sample exam questions can be found in our Assessment Pack in Guide Navigation.

It is a skills based unit and can therefore be used with any appropriate resources that a teacher may wish to use:

“The sources for the reading questions will be non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts. They will be drawn from the 19th century, and either...

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AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 2: Pigeon English Scheme »

aborland | Sunday August 30, 2015

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry , Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry Schemes, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Narrative, Analysing Narrative, Prose, Pigeon English, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts & Poetry Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • Stephen Kelman Pigeon English.pdf
  • Pigeon English A Reader’s Guide.pdf

Students will study one from a choice of 12 set texts, which include post-1914 prose fiction and drama. Students should study the whole text.

What’s assessed

  • Modern texts
  • Poetry
  • Unseen poetry

How it’s assessed

  • 2 hour 15 minute written exam
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Exam Questions

  • Section A Modern Texts - Students will answer one essay question from a choice...
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AQA GCSE Guide to Unit 1 Section B: Mister Pip »

Jennifer Webb | Friday April 04, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Mr Pip, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts

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Mister Pip is a fascinating but difficult text to study at GCSE. The subject matter is hard hitting and disturbing, meaning that students are simultaneously intimidated by the enormity of the themes, and drawn in by its harrowing sense of reality. Some teachers have shied away from this text simply because the violent content is so raw; however, in my opinion, students find it very accessible and refreshing to study. This exam takes the form of two mini-essays. The first is an analysis of an extract from the novel;...

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A Level English Language Guide to Language Investigation »

Theresa Sowerby | Thursday April 03, 2014

Categories: Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Comparing & Contrasting, Language Investigations, Textual Analysis, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB4, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN04, OCR A Level English Language, F654, WJEC A Level English Language, LG3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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How to introduce the AQA English Language B A2 Investigation to enable students to handle their own chosen material with confidence.

  • This guide focuses on the second section of the AQA A2 English Language unit ENGB4. Teachers of other examination board units will, however, hopefully find the guide easily adaptable to their own requirements, for example the Language Investigation parts of WJEC Unit LG3, Edexcel Unit 4, and OCR Unit F654.

Most students need support and guidance in setting up their investigations so...

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A Level English Guide to T. S. Eliot: Introduction and Guide to Four Early Poems »

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Eliot, Portrait of a Lady, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, Preludes, Rhapsody on a Windy Night, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB2, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

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Guide Navigation

  1. Introduction
  2. A Guide to Reading Four Early Poems
  3. Grouping The Poems - Key Features



GCSE English Literature Student’s Guide to An Inspector Calls »

Shirley Bierman | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Language, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Literature, Paper 1 Prose and Drama, OCR GCSE, Drama, An Inspector Calls , Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Essays, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662

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Focusing on the analysis of form, structure and language

For any text you study for your GCSE English Literature coursework, controlled assessments or exam, to gain a high grade, the exam board’s mark scheme requires you to analyse and discuss effective aspects of form, structure and language. Many teachers call this “FSL”. In practice, most students cope well with analysing and discussing the useful effects created by language choices; but many struggle with discussing the effects of structure; and many more...

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WJEC GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Different Cultures Prose and Contemporary Poetry »

Beth Kemp | Wednesday January 29, 2014

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 1 Prose and Poetry , Hot Entries, Poetry, Prose, Of Mice and Men, To Kill A Mockingbird, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis

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Preparing Students for WJEC English Literature Paper 1: Different Cultures Prose and Contemporary Poetry

Note: This guide refers to the current specification, being examined for the final time in 2014.

This closed book examination assesses students’ understanding of a set “different cultures” text and their ability to analyse and compare a pair of unseen contemporary poems. The set prose texts for the “different cultures” aspect are: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Anita and Me by Meera Syal, To Kill...

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A GCSE Guide to AQA Unit 2: Poetry Across Time | Introduction »

Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 14, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Poetry, Agard, Flag, Anthologies, Armitage, Out of the Blue, Dharker, The Right Word, Hardi, At the Border, Minhinnick, The Yellow Palm, Sheers, Mametz Wood, Weir, Poppies, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Comparing & Contrasting, Poetry Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 2 Poetry Across Time, AQA Moon On The Tides

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Guide Navigation

1. Introduction
2. Out of the Blue
3. Flag
4. Mametz Wood
5. The Yellow Palm
6. The Right Word
7. At the Border
8. Poppies
9. Exam Technique
10. Sample Exam Questions

AQA Anthology Poems

“Moon on the Tides: Conflict Cluster”

Introduction to the Conflict Cluster

All of the poems in this cluster have been placed together because they share a common theme: that theme is conflict. Each of the different poems, in their own ways, explores an element of conflict. The challenge for you is to...

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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS Unit F661 Section B: Prose »

Paul Merrell | Wednesday December 11, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Jane Eyre, The Turn of the Screw, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Introduction

Of the two parts of the F661 examination, I think this is the Section most likely to keep your pupils awake at night (and that’s not only because OCR seems to have opted for a range of Gothic texts to in this latest incarnation of the specification!) After all, in its current manifestation, the Prose section of the exam contains some complex novels with some pretty difficult themes and issues to consider.

Interestingly, despite this, OCR note that it is this section of the examination – as opposed...

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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS F661 Section A: Poetry »

Paul Merrell | Tuesday December 03, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Introduction

In theory, answering Section A – the Poetry question – of F661 should be a fairly straightforward affair. After all, the pupils have had the opportunity to prepare the poems in advance and, as the life of the specification rolls on, the number of potential poems left to be chosen decreases. Likewise, the actual poem is published for the pupils in the examination – there are no hours upon countless hours of ‘quotation memorization’ required. Finally, with some judicious revision and...

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GCSE English Literature To Kill a Mockingbird | Set of Lessons »

Emma Radford | Friday November 29, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Literature, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, To Kill A Mockingbird, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 1 Understanding Prose, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A663, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 1 Prose and Poetry

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A set of lessons for teaching GCSE English Literature To Kill a Mockingbird with a particular focus on the WJEC examination board.

Associated Resources

  • 2012 Exam Question Teacher Exemplar.docx
  • Exploring Themes.pptx
  • Justice Feed Forward PowerPoint Teacher Notes.docx
  • Justice Feed Forward.pptx
  • P4C Philosophy for Children.pptx
  • Preparing for a Theme Question.pptx
  • Theme Question PowerPoint Teacher Notes.doc



GCSE English Literature Teacher / Student Guide to 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, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

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Exam Boards

WJEC Unit 2a: Contemporary Prose (External Assessment – 20%)

Students will need to answer two questions on the set text. The first part of the question will require a ‘close reading’ of an extract with the second question offering a choice of tasks labelled (b) and (c) relating to the text as a whole. Part (a) will be worth 10 marks and (b) and (c) will be worth 20 marks each. There will be a focus on: AO1 and AO2:

AO1 = Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant...

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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

Aims

  • 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...
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WJEC GCSE English Literature Guide to Unseen Poetry Unit 1 SOW »

Laura Curran | Monday November 25, 2013

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Poetry, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 1 Prose and Poetry

Introduction

This scheme of work addresses the skills required for Section B of the Unit 1 Literature examination.  As the question remains the same each year, this unit is geared towards addressing the question, tackling each bullet point in the question and equipping the students with the skills to handle each bullet point.  Where possible, resources have been included, but there are places where the poems themselves will be needed.  Poems have been taken from previous exam board anthologies and most are readily available online.

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AQA GCSE English Literature Guide to Unit 1: The Modern Novel »

Jo Winwood | Friday November 22, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts

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Associated Resources

AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 1.ppt

Notes to Accompany the PowerPoint

Slide 1

Title slide

Slide 2

Students are often very nervous when taking exams and can easily get into a panic about what is happening.  It is useful to remind them on a regular basis what the rules and regulations are during exams.  If they can get into the habit of reading the front cover of the exam paper before they do any writing it can help to steady any exam nerves.  It is always helpful to remind them that there...

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Edexcel iGCSE English and English Literature Guide to Anthology Texts »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 21, 2013

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL iGCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Language, Paper 1 Reading and Writing, Paper 2 Reading and Writing, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Literature, Paper 1 Prose and Drama, Paper 2 Poetry Unseen, Hot Entries, Media & Non-Fiction, Analysing Media & Non-Fiction, Poetry, Anthologies, Pre-2015 Anthologies, Edexcel iGCSE Anthology, Prose, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Media Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis

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Overview and Guide to Grids for the Edexcel Anthology Texts

These teaching grids can be used with any GCSE syllabus for which the analysis of non-fiction, media, poetry or prose is required. Whilst initially intended for those pupils sitting the Edexcel English Language and English Literature iGCSE / Certificates, they have been created to work across all exam boards and to be multi-purpose, hopefully providing a worthwhile and timesaving resource. A free copy of the anthology is available from the Edexcel...

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A GCSE English Literature Guide to Macbeth and Browning’s Monologues »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday November 19, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 3 Significance of Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama

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In Macbeth, Shakespeare’s context seems to have brought him to want to explore several ideas to create an entertaining and tense plot, ideas that bring us an awareness of the guiding themes of the play; perhaps the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is one of the most central, encompassing as it does they key themes of conflict, control and power. At GCSE, the play is often used as part of a controlled assessment task (CAT) in which students explore the presentation of a theme and compare it with the...

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A GCSE English Literature Guide to Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black »

Chris Curtis | Monday November 18, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, The Woman in Black, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts

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The Woman in Black – A Modern, or a ‘Victorian’ Ghost Story?

It is cold and dark outside; but it is Christmas and a family is gathered together telling ghost stories around a warm open fire; each is trying hard to surpass the others. Then, an individual tells a story that is truly frightening. Why? Because it’s real. In the exposition to her 1983 novel, recently filmed and starring Daniel Radcliffe for the big screen, Susan Hill creates a fictional context for The Woman in Black that, at least in the...

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

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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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A Level English Literature Guide to Unit 4 LITA4 »

Ruth Owen | Monday November 11, 2013

Categories: 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, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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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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A Students’ Guide to Writing an Effective A Level Essay »

Steve Campsall | Friday October 25, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Essays, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Generic Skills, AQA A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Generic Skills, OCR A Level Skills Resources, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Generic Skills, WJEC A Level Skills Resources

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Teacher’s Note

What follows is a guide written for students that, I hope, will help them write more effective essays. Even an essay that gains a lowly grade will often be the result of a substantial amount of time and effort from the student; and the chances are that he or she felt all along that their writing was ‘going wrong’ somehow – but press on they must, on to what must at times seem like the bitter end. How frustrating and perhaps even belittling this process can be for the student – and how much, too, it likely reduces that...

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GCSE Teacher’s Guide To AQA English Literature Unit 1 Examination »

Jennifer Webb | Wednesday October 23, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Drama, An Inspector Calls , The Crucible, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis

Introduction

The AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 1 exam is the one that all students taking this course must sit, regardless of the route through the course your school has chosen. Unit 1 covers ‘Modern Texts’, and allows for the study of short novels with the possible choice of a play.

In order to succeed in this exam, students must display perceptiveness when deploying a range of analytical skills that incorporate an awareness of literary form, language, structure and context.

Additional Resources

  • AQA Lit Unit 1 DNA Storyboard.pdf
  • AQA...
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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS F662: Literature Post-1900 »

Paul Merrell | Friday October 18, 2013

Categories: Drama, Analysing Drama, Hot Entries, Poetry, Prose, Analysing Prose, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, Re-Creative Writing, OCR A Level English Literature, F662, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Introduction

This is, by far, my favourite unit to teach across OCR’s A Level – and it is the one that, most fairly, seems to reward the hard work of the pupil.

Whereas the F661 and F663 examination units can be, understandably, nerve-wracking affairs, and the F664 coursework requires a complex juggling act of a range of challenging texts, F662 feels pleasantly straightforward. What’s more, the fact it is worth 40% of your pupils’ marks makes it a unit for which it is well worth ensuring you prepare them...

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GCSE English Literature Student Guide to John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ »

Steve Campsall | Thursday October 17, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Of Mice and Men, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 1 Understanding Prose, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A663, WJEC GCSE English Literature

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Teacher’s Note

This guide has been written primarily to help keen and bright students find a way to the top grades they’re likely hoping for when studying Steinbeck’s popular novel, ‘Of Mice and Men’. It will, though, hopefully also be of interest to you as it explores some (I hope) interesting ways ‘into’ Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’. The central ideas covered and examples given could also be easily adapted (and easily differentiated) to create a series of class lessons and discussions, and...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Ruskin on Railways Two »

Alan Gleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

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

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

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

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 2




AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Laws Concerning Women One »

Alan Gleave | Tuesday October 15, 2013

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

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 1




GCSE English Literature Student Guide to Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ »

rps_rgs | Monday October 14, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 1 Understanding Prose, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A663, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 1 Prose and Poetry , Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, To Kill A Mockingbird, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

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“Top grade thinking…”

Education

As a Bildungsroman, or ‘coming of age’ story, the novel emphasises learning and change. Does Scout’s learning lead to her transformation? What does she learn that she doesn’t mention? Why is education presented as being important in the novel - both as a part of the novel’s plot and as one of its major themes? What does Lee suggest education can change? And what can it not change?

The School is presented as failing its students: the teachers are outsiders who do not...

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A Level English Literature Guide to The Turn of the Screw »

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday September 04, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, The Turn of the Screw, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, OCR A Level

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‘Some Critical Readings’

Henry James’s modernist novel, The Turn of the Screw is a set text for the OCR AS paper F661, where it features in Section B of the ‘Prose’ section. Here students are expected to consider other readers’ response to the text. It is also a useful text to use alongside others for A2 coursework for other examination boards for AQA syllabus A or B, WJEC or Edexcel. For example, students studying the Gothic for Unit 3 of AQA specification B may wish to broaden their knowledge of this...

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A Level English Literature Study Guide to The Poems of Emily Dickinson »

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday September 04, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Guide Navigation

Introduction and Biography | Features of Dickinson’s Style | Themes and Subject Matter | Poem by Poem Analysis | Sample Answer

Note: This guide is primarily aimed at students studying for Section A of the OCR AS English Literature Paper F661 but it would be equally useful for many A level coursework modules for Edexcel, WJEC or AQA where the student can choose their texts.

Contents

  1. Introduction and Biography
  2. Features of Dickinson’s Style
  3. Themes and Subject Matter
  4. Poem by Poem Analysis of 10...
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A Level English Literature Guide to The Awakening »

Shirley Bierman | Tuesday September 03, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, The Awakening, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

AQA Specification B – A2 English Literature Coursework

Unit LITB4: Further and Independent Reading

This work could be used as a basis to guide students who would then need to choose another text on which to base their comparative essay with a word count of 1200-1500 words. For example, The Awakening could be compared to The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, to Passing by Nella Larsen, or to Ann Veronica by H.G.Wells.

The guide could also be used to develop the use of the AQA Anthology ‘Critical Reading 2: Feminism’, in...

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GCSE English Literature Guide to Educating Rita »

Shirley Bierman | Monday September 02, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, Drama, Analysing Drama, Educating Rita, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662

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Navigation Guide

  1. GCSE English Literature Guide to Educating Rita
  2. GCSE English Literature Scheme of Work for Educating Rita

Note: Whilst this Edusites English guide is focused on the requirements of the OCR English Literature exam (A662: Modern Drama), it would be easily adaptable to suit any other GCSE English Literature course.

OCR Unit A662: Modern Drama Examined Unit

This is worth 25% of the GCSE English Literature marks and you will have to respond to ONE question on this text. The exam will last for 45...

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A Level English Language & Literature ELLA3 Revision Guide »

Beth Kemp | Tuesday May 21, 2013

Categories: Drama, Analysing Drama, Hot Entries, Poetry, Prose, Analysing Prose, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Linguistic Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, Speech Analysis, Transformative or Editorial Writing, Transcribed Conversations, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

Guide Navigation

  1. Introduction to ELLA3 Revision Guide
  2. ELLA3 Answering the Comparative Analysis Question
  3. ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Question
  4. ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Exemplar Response
  5. ELLA3 Answering the Adaptation Question
  6. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar Cupcakes Response
  7. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar House Somewhere Response
  8. ELLA3 Adaptation Checklist

This pack is to be used in conjunction with the ELLA3 paper set in Jan 2013 (the first with the new set sections in Section B), currently available on eAQA under ‘secure key materials’. It will...

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A Guide to Love Through The Ages »

Ruth Owen | Tuesday April 16, 2013

Categories: Drama, Analysing Drama, A Lady of Letters, Equus, Hamlet, King Lear, Measure For Measure, Othello, Hot Entries, 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, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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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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The Turn of the Screw Teaching Ideas and Study Guide »

Mandy Lloyd | Tuesday March 19, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, The Turn of the Screw, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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OCR AS Unit F661: Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 (Closed Text)

The focus of this section is the study of a prose set text from the period 1800-1945. There is a choice of two questions on each set text and candidates answer one question on the text they have studied.

Candidates should be able to:

  • respond to a proposition offered in the question demonstrating understanding of the text in relation to the view presented;
  • explore how themes and issues are presented, taking into account the effects of language, form and structure.

Teaching Ideas

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A GCSE English Literature Guide to Hardy’s Wessex Tales »

Jo Winwood | Monday March 18, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Hardy's Short Stories, The Withered Arm, Wessex Tales, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, OCR GCSE English, Unit A641 Reading Literary Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A664, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

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Guide Navigation

1. Introduction
2. The Withered Arm
3. The Son’s Veto
4. Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver
5. Absent-mindedness in a Parish Choir
6. The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion
7. The Distracted Preacher

This guide has been written with a focus on AQA Unit 4, Section B (‘Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage’); however, Hardy’s stories are popular and the guide will be useful for any exam board specification.

In the AQA unit specifically, candidates will need to read texts from the so-called...

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Improving Your Analyses PPT »

Stewart Shovlin | Thursday March 14, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Generic Skills, Edexcel GCSE Skills Resources, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Media & Non-Fiction, Analysing Media & Non-Fiction, Writing, Analytical Writing, Linguistic Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Media Analysis, AQA GCSE Generic Skills, AQA GCSE Skills Resources, OCR GCSE Generic Skills, OCR GCSE Skills Resources, WJEC GCSE Generic Skills, WJEC GCSE Skills Resources

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Associated Resources

  • Improving Your Analyses.pptx



GCSE Essay Writing Skills »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday December 05, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Generic Skills, Edexcel GCSE Skills Resources, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Essays, AQA GCSE Generic Skills, AQA GCSE Skills Resources, OCR GCSE Generic Skills, OCR GCSE Skills Resources, WJEC GCSE Generic Skills, WJEC GCSE Skills Resources

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It is because we cannot see the reader that writing needs to be different from speech. A reader is distant and so we cannot notice any misunderstandings or loss of interest that occur as they read. This creates a need for clarity in writing that isn’t so important in speech. The style and structure we adopt for example needs to be more formal; and the need to create and maintain interest means that writing should be lively. In the case of school essays, the reader is the teacher or examiner who awards marks and a grade, something that can...

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Studying a Play »

Steve Campsall | Tuesday December 04, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, The Crucible, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE English Literature, WJEC GCSE English Literature

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Source: RSC / Peter Cook

Below are some general notes aimed at students, intended to help them analyse any stage play.

Plot and Theme

When a writer creates a story, whether for page or stage, there are two linked aspects that you can analyse and discuss in your school essays: plot and theme.

Plot

When we read or watch anything, we give time over to it. For us to feel this time will be well spent and worthwhile, the writer needs, from the outset, to find ways to interest and absorb us into the world of the fictional story or play, the...

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A Guide to The Crucible »

Jo Winwood | Tuesday December 04, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, The Crucible, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, WJEC GCSE English Literature

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Source: Royal Court Theatre, London | VAM

Guide Navigation

1. Studying a Play
2. A Guide to The Crucible

The Crucible

1. Background

Although Miller based his play on the seventeenth century US Salem witchcraft trials, the themes of the play are universal and probably timeless. There are parallels between the play and the lengths people will go to, for example, to separate themselves from anyone suddenly under the scrutiny of those in authority; and we all know how easy it is to leap to conclusions based on faulty judgments.

Witchcraft,...

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AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 2 Poetry Relationships Cluster Scheme »

Aimee Williams | Tuesday October 23, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 2 Poetry Across Time, Hot Entries, Poetry, Anthologies, Pre-2015 Anthologies, AQA Moon On The Tides, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis

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Scheme

  • AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 2 Relationships Cluster Scheme.docx

Associated Resources

Introduction

  • Code Breaker.docx
  • Intro.ppt
  • Themes.docx
  • Intro Poems.docx

‘Brothers’ by Andrew Forster

  • Brothers.ppt
  • Brothers Cloze.docx
  • Brothers Timeline.docx
  • Brothers Quiz.docx
  • STIRRL.docx

‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell

  • Nettles.ppt
  • Crunch Student Copy.doc
  • Crunch Teacher Copy IWB.doc
  • Language Devices in Nettles.pptx
  • Looped.ppt
  • Effects of Language in Nettles.docx

Internet Lesson

  • Task Sheet.docx
  • Nettles Annotated.doc
  • Nettles.docx
  • Example Poem.docx
  • ...
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AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 3b Sister Maude Monologue Scheme »

Aimee Williams | Tuesday October 23, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 3 Significance of Shakespeare, Hot Entries, Poetry, Rossetti, Sister Maude, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis

Brief

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Write a monologue for a character from a literary text you have read.

Image: La Ghirlandata by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Scheme

  • AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 3b Sister Maude Monologue Scheme.docx

Associated Resources

  • Punctuation.docx
  • Mono Opening.docx
  • Victorian Female.docx
  • Semi Colon Revision.docx
  • Sister Maude.pptx
  • Reptile - passage from Sister Maude.pptx
  • Reptile.pdf
  • Maude’s Thoughts.docx
  • Imagery Sister Maude.docx
  • Thoughts and Feelings.docx
  • What I need to do for a grade C or above.docx

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A Teacher’s Guide to Enduring Love by Ian McEwan »

Andrea Lewis | Tuesday October 23, 2012

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Enduring Love, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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The attached scheme of work and resources will be particularly useful to those teaching AQA Literature specification B Unit 1 Aspects of Narrative but also, I hope, to those teaching the novel elsewhere for either AS or A2 literature where the novel may appear as part of a coursework unit, as wider reading or as a specified text for The Modern Novel.

Teaching the novel has its own peculiar difficulties simply because of the size of the text and always seems to present a number of questions:

  • Should I ask the students to read the novel before...
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