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Edusites Friday Takeaways »

Richard Gent | Tuesday May 22, 2018

Categories: Takeaways

Friday 6th July 2018 | Poetry Competition with all classroom resources

Here at Edusites we feel incredibly lucky to be sharing and promoting this competition to all our schools on behalf of The Royal British Legion.


Friday 29th June 2018 | Vendetta Short Story Lessons

As a reminder, these six lessons can be delivered by a non specialist. Included in these lessons, but not HAVING to be delivered are self assessment opportunities and homework.

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Community Q&A »

Richard Gent | Tuesday October 06, 2015

Categories: Community Q&A, Intro

The Community Q & A area has now been replaced by the Edusites Forum. Visit the forum here to pose questions and share ideas with fellow subject teachers.

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Richard Gent | Friday January 24, 2014

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Teaching Ideas for English »

Beth Kemp | Tuesday June 07, 2011

Categories: Teaching Ideas & Skills Development

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This collection of tried and tested classroom ideas is intended to help add variety, particularly to the A Level classroom. 

There are things that need to be practised, in order for students to develop the requisite skills, but it’s still important to ring the changes, for our own sake at least as much as for the students’!

The idea is for this collection to provide ways of meeting those constantly repeating needs with as much variety as possible. ...

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Kes - The Complete Rap »

David Smailes | Thursday April 01, 2010

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A Modest Proposal AQA A GCSE Pre-1914 Prose Coursework »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday October 07, 2009

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This teaching guide for students of higher ability is designed as a self-contained unit which can be used to produce the AQA A GCSE Pre-1914 Prose coursework. It can also be used as a springboard for Original Writing.

A Modest Proposal is an excellent alternative for the more able students to the rather well-worn (though useful) Pre-1914 Prose path of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice. Its blistering satire allows...

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A Teaching Guide for Poetry from Different Cultures GCSE English Paper 2 »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday September 29, 2009

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Poetry from Different Cultures

This teaching guide for high-ability students is designed as a self-contained unit which can be used to prepare for the AQA A Paper 2 Section A question on the poetry from different cultures in the Anthology.

Let us remind ourselves of the assessment objectives addressed by this section. Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to:

(i) read, with insight and engagement, making appropriate references to texts and...

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GCSE English Paper 2 – Poems from Different Cultures Is this an A* Essay? »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 28, 2009

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Compare the ways an event is described in ‘Blessing’ with the ways an event is described in ‘Island Man’.

Imtiaz Dharker and Grace Nichols are both clearly concerned with issues of identity and clashing cultures when exploring the main events in their poems ‘Blessing’ and ‘Island Man’. Despite the fact that Dharker originates from Pakistan, and Nichols from Guyana, each seems able to use similar poetic techniques to get to grips with wider...

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A Teaching Guide to Titus Andronicus GCSE Shakespeare Coursework »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 28, 2009

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Titus Andronicus

This teaching guide for higher ability students is designed as a self-contained unit which can be used to produce the AQA A GCSE Shakespeare coursework.

  • The unit uses one of the lesser-known and less critically-acclaimed Shakespeare plays in order to encourage a high-quality and truly original response.
  • The AQA A Shakespeare coursework is what is termed as a ‘cross-over’ piece; therefore, if you are using it for assessment for both...
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Newspaper Article to Support Understanding of Issues in Blood Brothers »

Jack Todhunter | Friday August 07, 2009

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Read the LAST paragraph of this article FIRST, then go back to the beginning.

  • Highlight or put a ring around issues which relate to the characters Mickey and Edward.

OR

  • Write ten bullet points which sum up this article.

OR

  • Draft a short reply to Philip Webster outlining your ideas on this topic.

The Times
January 12, 2009

Children of poorer families face as big a hill as ever

Philip Webster, Political Editor

A child’s chances of success still...

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A Guide to Rhetorical Analysis »

Jack Todhunter | Thursday July 23, 2009

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Getting your teeth into a text!

Look closely at the newspaper article on Heather Mills.

Heather’s rants wrecking case

Got the wind up ... Mucca with papers at GMTV yesterday

By VICTORIA NEWTON Showbiz Editor
Published: 09 Nov 2007, The Sun

HEATHER Mills was last night looking for new divorce lawyers – after the top firm she hired “fired? her over her bizarre TV war against Sir Paul McCartney.

Lady Mucca, 39 – who went on GMTV AGAIN yesterday...

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Blade Runner Film Review Assignment »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday July 22, 2009

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An English Media Assignment

Film Review by ………………..

Blade Runner

Look at the advertisement for the film below. Who are the central characters and who are they played by?

Which other characters in the film caught your eye? Why?

What type or genre of film is Blade Runner? You can look at the information below which was taken from the DVD.

Who directed the film? This person has made some changes to the original film that was shown in the...

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Shakespeare from GCSE to A Level »

Richard Gent | Monday July 13, 2020

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Focusing on Assessment Objective Two

In GCSE the AO is stated as follows:-

Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant terminology where appropriate.

In drama we are concerned with language not only in terms of what the characters say: but also what they say to, about and behind the backs of other characters. It is the writer's sole means of developing the characters and the situations that...

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A Raisin in the Sun »

Richard Gent | Friday July 03, 2020

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In 1963 at the climax of the march on Washington, Martin Luther King made one of the most famous speeches in history: 'I have a dream'.


A Raisin in the Sun Resources

Commentary

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A Guide to Gothic »

Victoria Elliott | Wednesday June 17, 2020

Categories: KS5 Resources, Hot Entries, Prose, Frankenstein, Northanger Abbey, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Victorian Literature

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  • A Level Gothic Guide New pdf

     


    What makes Gothic?

    Although it’s never easy to define precisely the characteristics of any given field of literature, Gothic defies pinning down more than most. Ghosts and monsters are an easy and flippant answer to ‘what makes Gothic’; but not all Gothic has either or both.

    The presence of psychological and physical terror is one key characteristic, as is a concern with morality, often...

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GCSE to A Level Language in Lockdown »

Richard Gent | Monday June 08, 2020

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Like Dan Carlin and his Hardcore History podcast, Edusites' focus on language starts with a hardcore blog from Chris Barcock. Chris is an expert wordsmith and was part of the team that devised the new GCSE and IGCSE and more recently helped devise the new A Level English frameworks.  


Exercise pdfs

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A Guide to Hamlet »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday May 20, 2020

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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  1. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1
  2. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2
  3. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3
  4. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4
  5. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5

Introduction and Act 1

Hamlet: tragic hero?

Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or...

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Paper 3 Prose Extracts and Mark Schemes »

Emily Prentice | Sunday May 03, 2020

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, Cambridge iGCSE English Literature, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature CIE 0477

Assessment and Mark Schemes

How to use

  • At Edusites we think carefully about how teachers use our resources. These assessments have been written by experts and are designed to suit your needs both for this academic year and for future use.

Taking the exams

  • You have a choice of doing the whole paper as a mock or separating the questions for classroom use. We are aware that most schools teach one text and printing the whole paper is unnecessary....
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Paper 3 Poem Extracts and Mark Schemes »

Emily Prentice | Sunday May 03, 2020

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, Cambridge iGCSE English Literature, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature CIE 0477

Assessment and Mark Schemes

How to use

  • At Edusites we think carefully about how teachers use our resources. These assessments have been written by experts and are designed to suit your needs both for this academic year and for future use.

Taking the exams

  • You have a choice of doing the whole paper as a mock or separating the questions for classroom use. We are aware that most schools teach one text and printing the whole paper is unnecessary....
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Analysing Fiction »

ghallahan | Friday February 21, 2020

Categories: KS3 & KS4 Catch Up, Analysing Fiction, KS3, Key Stage 3 English Analysing Fiction, KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE, Cambridge iGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE, OCR GCSE

Analysis Skills for English Fiction Language KS3 and GCSE

  • This series of 5 short story units focus on the skills needed for the GCSE English Language Fiction Assessment Objectives
  • All the lessons are delivered through Online Slides (Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer)
  • Below you will find printable resources to be printed for each student and the lesson slide links
  • These lessons are appropriate for mid to long term cover.

In class

  • Each lesson...
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What are the differences between 0627 and 0990? »

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 04, 2020

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, Introduction, Cambridge iGCSE English, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0627, IGCSE English Language CIE 0990, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature CIE 0477, Hot Entries, Writing, Comparing & Contrasting, Contextual Linking, Contextual Research, Informative Account

IGCSE Overview

What are the differences between 0627 and 0990?

  • Syllabus 0627 replaced syllabus 0522 for examination from 2017 onwards
  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 are graded using a numerical grading scale of 9–1

Paper 1

  •  0627 Reading Passages is 2 hours 10 minutes and is worth 50% of the total marks.
  • There are three questions: Comprehension; Summary; Comprehension and Comparison.
  • The three unseen passages for Paper 1 will be taken from the 19th,...
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Child Language Acquisition »

Victoria Elliott | Tuesday February 04, 2020

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Child Language Acquisition, An Introduction to Child Language Acquisition

 

Introduction

Child Language Acquisition is one of most enjoyable and apparently accessible topics for students of English Language A level. However, because of the enthusiasm and the apparent accessibility it becomes all too easy for study of this topic to remain fairly superficial, with identification of features not brought into a coherent, logical analysis related to the bigger picture, a characteristic which...

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Vendetta Short Story Lessons »

ghallahan | Friday January 31, 2020

Categories: KS3, Key Stage 3 English Analysing Fiction, KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language 2015, WJEC Eduqas Spoken Language

This Unit: Vendetta

Skills for Fiction Language GCSE

  • This is unit 1 of 5 focused on the skills needed for the GCSE English Language Fiction assessment objectives
  • Vendetta contains 6 lessons delivered through Online Slides (Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer)
  • Attached resources which will need to be printed for each student and used in each of the 6 lessons
  • This unit which is 1 of 5 is appropriate for mid to long term cover.

In class

  • Each...
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The Brazilian Cat Short Story Lessons »

Emily Prentice | Thursday January 30, 2020

Categories: KS3, Key Stage 3 English Analysing Fiction, KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE, Cambridge iGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE, OCR GCSE

This Unit: The Brazilian Cat

Skills for Fiction Language GCSE

  • This unit is number 2 of 5 focused on the skills needed for the GCSE English Language Fiction assessment objectives
  • The Brazilian Cat contains 6 lessons delivered through Online Slides (Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer)
  • Attached resources which will need to be printed for each student and used in each of the 6 lessons
  • This unit 2 of 5 is appropriate for mid to long term cover.

In...

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The Red Room Short Story Lessons »

Emily Prentice | Tuesday January 28, 2020

Categories: KS3, Key Stage 3 English Analysing Fiction, KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, AQA Spoken Language, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Language 2015, Edexcel Spoken Language, EDEXCEL iGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE, OCR GCSE

This Unit: The Red Room

Skills for Fiction Language GCSE

  • This unit is number 3 of 5 focused on the skills needed for the GCSE English Language Fiction assessment objectives
  • The Red Room contains 5 lessons delivered through Online Slides (Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer)
  • Attached resources which will need to be printed for each student and used in each of the 6 lessons
  • This unit 3 of 5 is appropriate for mid to long term cover.

In class

    ...
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Through the Tunnel Short Story Lessons »

Emily Prentice | Monday January 27, 2020

Categories: KS3, Key Stage 3 English Analysing Fiction, KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, AQA Spoken Language, EDEXCEL GCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE, Cambridge iGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE, OCR GCSE

This Unit: Through the Tunnel

Skills for Fiction Language GCSE

  • This unit is number 4 of 5 focused on the skills needed for the GCSE English Language Fiction assessment objectives
  • Through the Tunnel contains 7 lessons delivered through Online Slides (Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer)
  • Attached resources which will need to be printed for each student and used in each of the 6 lessons
  • This unit 4 of 5 is appropriate for mid to long term cover.
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Public Speaking and Speech Writing Skills »

ghallahan | Saturday January 25, 2020

Categories: KS3, Key Stage 3 English Analysing Fiction, KS4

Unit 5: Public Speaking and Speech Writing

Online Slides for your lessons (Firefox, Safari or Explorer)

Skills for English Fiction Language KS3 and GCSE

  • This unit forms part of a set of units that focus on the skills needed for the GCSE English Language Fiction Assessment Objectives
  • All the lessons are delivered through...
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English Christmas Quizzes »

Emily Prentice | Tuesday December 03, 2019

Categories: Christmas Quiz

We challenge you and your students to sleigh this Christmas Quiz!

Christmas is the most pun-derful time of the year. There’s just so much material to work with that we decided you can have fun and test subject knowledge at the same time.

Work in teams or as individuals to try and be the 2019 winners.

30 Questions and 30 Answers all lined up ready to go!

Each question slide plays 30 seconds of Wizzard - this is the maximum amount of time the question...

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Improving Writing | Discourse Markers: A Teacher’s Guide and Toolkit »

Christine Sweeney | Friday November 22, 2019

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA GCSE Generic Skills, AQA GCSE Skills Resources, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Generic Skills, Edexcel GCSE Skills Resources, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, OCR GCSE Generic Skills, OCR GCSE Skills Resources, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE Generic Skills, WJEC GCSE Skills Resources, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Writing, Essays, Persuasive Writing

Associated Resources

A ‘discourse marker’ is a word or phrase that helps to link written ideas. These words are generally more formal lexical items that find little use in speech – which is perhaps why they do not always come naturally to students.

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Discourse markers can be used, for example, to link ideas that are similar (e.g. the adverbs, also and similarly); and...

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A Student’s Guide to Analysing and Grouping Unseen Texts »

Steve Campsall | Tuesday November 12, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, Hot Entries

Click on the link immediately below to download our Text Analysis & Grouping Grid.

Grouping Texts Printable PDF

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  • Unfortunately, it’s not possible to learn by rote a fixed set of categories into which a set of unseen texts can be ‘grouped’ – but there are some central linguistic ideas to have ready in your head to apply on the big day.
  • Whichever categories you eventually choose to use on exam day (and typically, you’ll choose four different categories...
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‘All my Sons’ by Arthur Miller »

Chris Barcock | Tuesday November 12, 2019

Categories: KS5 Literature

These resources are in response to Linda grappling away with 'All my Sons' on far off shores with the Cambridge International AS Level.

How can we help with your teaching?

I would love to be able to access some resources on 'All my Sons' by Arthur Miller. It is an AS Level Literature in English text for Cambridge (CAIE).

Printable Detailed Case Study pdf

These materials include individual questions...

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Sweet Bird of Youth IGCE Level »

Richard Gent | Tuesday November 12, 2019

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These resources are in response to Nicki grappling away with Sweet Bird on far off shores with the Cambridge International AS Level.

These materials include individual questions and indicative responses.

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A Level English Literature | Guide to Narrative Analysis »

Steve Campsall | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, LITB2, LITB3, LITB4, Hot Entries

Although analysing a text at the level of narrative is a direct requirement of some English Literature courses it is an analytical technique that can be quite generally applied across many texts – even non-fictional and media texts.

Narrative is a central aspect of imaginative fiction such as short-stories, the novel and many poems but it also crops up in very many everyday texts. Despite this, it remains a less than easy idea to grasp and can easily...

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A Level English Guide to T. S. Eliot: Grouping The Poems - Key Features »

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019

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

Grouping the Poems – Key Features

There are a number of recurring motifs and poetic techniques within Eliot’s poems. The following is a brief roundup of the salient features which link the poems discussed above:

  • Mallarme on symbolism:
    Earlier poems are “deficient in mystery: they deprive the mind of the delicious...
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A Level English Literature Guide to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey »

Victoria Elliott | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Northanger Abbey, Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

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Candidates’ reading in the literature of love should include:

  • prose, poetry and drama
  • literature written by both men and women
  • literature through time (from Chaucer to the present day)
  • some non-fiction texts



A Level English Literature Student Guide to The Awakening »

Shirley Bierman | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, The Awakening, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

Scheme of Work

A Student Guide to ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin

Section A: Focus on Feminism

Kate Chopin, born as Catherine O’Flaherty, wrote The Awakening in 1899. Within her context, her story was not generally well received by critics who called it ‘morbid, vulgar and disagreeable’. In her short tale she deals with the themes of female independence and sexuality as well as unhappy marriages and, to a modern reader,...

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

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, Hot Entries, Poetry, Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis

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Contents

  1. Introduction and Biography
  2. Features of Dickinson’s Style
  3. Themes and Subject Matter
  4. Poem by Poem Analysis of 10 Poems
  5. Sample Answer

Introduction and Biographical Context

Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA on 10th December 1830. Her father,...

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

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, The Turn of the Screw, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

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‘Some Critical Readings’

The following guide offers interpretations based on genre and three areas of critical theory.

Contents

  1. Source
  2. Possible Interpretations
  3. A Note on the 2 Versions of the Text
  4. A Psychoanalytical Reading
  5. A Feminist Reading
  6. A Marxist Reading
  7. Suggestions for Comparative Study at A2

1. Source

James heard a similar story in 1895 from his friend, E. W. Benson, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He...

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A Level Guide to Teaching Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale »

jennywebb | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB3, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET03, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Hot Entries, Poetry, Chaucer, The Pardoner's Tale, Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

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Introduction

When Chaucer is to be taught, then ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’ is something a gift for an A Level student: it is short, simple and highly accessible; and yet it simultaneously offers a wealth of rich language for analysis. Themes including greed, death, betrayal and blasphemy are ripe for advanced level discussion and I have always found that, despite the 14th Century setting, the story is a universal one which students...

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A Level English Language Guide to Gender Representation in Advertising »

Sarah Battams | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Language, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Language, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Gender, Gender Resources, Media & Non-Fiction, Analysing Media & Non-Fiction

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Language and Gender is one of the ‘social contexts’ examined in question 2 of unit ENGB1: Categorising Texts - but is also a topic that is a part of other exam board English Language A level units.

The AQA specification states that, ‘In preparing for this topic candidates should study how gender is represented and reproduced in the everyday texts that surround us, for example in advertising, fiction and non-fiction texts etc.’...

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A Level English Literature Guide to Twelfth Night »

Steph Atkinson | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: KS4, Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, Drama, Twelfth Night, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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Twelfth Night can currently be taught as an option on many A Level English Literature syllabuses, as well as being studied as a GCSE controlled assessment / coursework text and as part of an introduction to Shakespeare at KS3.

With a particular focus on Twelfth Night as a comedy this teaching guide aims to provide plenty of exemplification, through the close textual analysis of the text, looking at aspects of language, form and...

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A Level English Language Guide to Social Varieties »

Sarah Battams | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, Hot Entries, Writing, Non-Fiction Analysis, Media Analysis

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Social Varieties: Language & Power and Language & Gender

Power and Gender in The Office

The purpose of this activity is to consolidate the work students would have done on power and gender in preparation for ENGB1 (AQA B AS English Language). Students will need to have access to the script from episode one of series one of The Office (pp.27-32 of The Office: The Scripts) and it will also be advantageous if they watch the...

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A Student Guide to A Level English Language ‘Text Analysis’ »

Steve Campsall | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language A, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL01, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN01, 6EN03, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, F672, F674, OCR A Level English Language, F652, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL4, WJEC A Level English Language, LG1, LG4, Hot Entries, Writing, Lexical Analysis, Linguistic Analysis, Textual Analysis

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This guide is intended to help you learn or revise for your English Language A level course. In writing it, I’ve tried to tackle the analysis of language and texts in a particularly straightforward way in the hope that it will appeal especially to you if you are feeling a bit ‘lost’ by this often complex subject, one that can so very easily, for many students, seem more different from English at GCSE than they ever imagined,...

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A Level English Literature Guide to T S Eliot’s Poem The Waste Land »

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL03, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, Hot Entries, Poetry, Eliot, The Waste Land

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The following is not a detailed study guide to the whole text of The Waste Land but a number of suggestions about how to tackle this often truly exciting yet notoriously challenging text so as to enable students to answer effectively on it without becoming overwhelmed by real or preconceived difficulties.

Introducing the Poem

Readers will usually respond more fruitfully if they have some prior experience of Eliot’s poetry. If...

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A Level Teacher’s Guide to Restoration Comedy »

Victoria Elliott | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, Hot Entries

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Restoration Comedy is a good choice for a drama text to study alongside Shakespeare; there is a good contrast in attitudes, themes and styles, despite a gap of less than 100 years.

 

Restoration Comedy is a term used to describe the comedies that were staged immediately after the ‘Restoration’ of Charles II to the throne in 1660, until about 1710. The conventions established at this time continued for most of the 18th century,...

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

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019

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A Level English Literature Guide to Jane Austen’s Novel Persuasion »

Steph Atkinson | Monday November 11, 2019

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Persuasion is a fascinating and accessible novel with rather less typical Austen aspects, such as love lost and rediscovered, that provide students with an interesting and fascinating read; it provides also, if they are more widely read, an interesting counterpoint to her other, perhaps more famous, works.

A feature of this teaching guide is to provide plenty of exemplification, through the close textual analysis of Persuasion,...

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A Level Teacher’s Guide to T. S. Eliot’s Poem The Waste Land »

Paul Merrell | Monday November 11, 2019

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I love teaching this text; in fact, I see it as one of the most versatile (and important) things that I deliver across all of my KS5 classes – be it A Level, Pre-U or on the IB.

I know Eliot’s poetry appears in various forms across a wide range of specifications and courses, but I more often than not teach this poem as either a comparative coursework text or, more generally, as key AO4 information for any Modernist writer. I...

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A Level English Literature Teacher’s Guide | The Bloody Chamber »

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019

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Introduction

Carter’s collection of short stories The Bloody Chamber was published in 1979 alongside her study of the work of the 18C French aristocrat and sexual libertine, the Marquis de Sade, entitled The Sadeian Women. De Sade gave his name to the word Sadism and led a dissolute life, writing lengthy pornographic novels, the most famous of which is Justine. Carter argues against de Sade’s division of sexual partners into the opposing categories of...

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A level English Literature Guide to John Donne Selected Poems »

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019

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The following guide to Donne’s poems is designed to give examples both of close reading and of links between the poems.

Contents

  • The Sunne Rising
  • The Apparition
  • The Canonisation
  • A Nocturnall upon St Lucie’s Day
  • The Autumnall
  1. Biography and context
  2. The Metaphysical poets
  3. Approaching a Donne poem – A Valediction of Weeping
  4. Key Characteristics of Donne’s poetry
  5. Variety of Attitudes to love – connections and groupings
  6. A Closer Look at five...
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