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How to Improve Grades When Writing for Othello »

Christine Sweeney | Tuesday February 16, 2021

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, Drama, Othello, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays

Associated Resources A Guide to Teaching Othello Click on the link below to download this resource. Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.doc Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.docx [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Love Through The Ages »

Ruth Owen | Wednesday December 16, 2020

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, 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

Guide Navigation Studying For The Exam Examples From Literature About The Exam Further Reading The Examination Symptoms of Love, Graves On Chesil Beach The First Tooth, Lamb The Deserter The Soldier, Brooke A Lady of Letters Sonnet 130, Shakespeare Measure for Measure Hamlet Othello King Lear Equus Great Expectations Enduring Love Mid-Term Break, Heaney Your Last Drive The Going The Waste Land, Elliot Studying For The Exam The title of this AQA A2 Unit is Reading for Meaning – Love… [ read full article ] »


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

    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 represented by the religious. The term… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday May 20, 2020

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


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, 20th and 21st centuries. In Syllabus 0990… [ read full article ] »


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

  Click here for the printable booklets 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 is the key to the higher grades.… [ read full article ] »


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 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 or… [ read full article ] »


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 prove a challenge to even the… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge Guide Navigation Overview | Context | Form Characters | Themes | Setting | Language 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 [ read full article ] »


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 The Awakening SOW.docx 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, developed ideas ahead… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge Guide Navigation Introduction and Biography | Features of Dickinson’s Style | Themes and Subject Matter | Poem by Poem Analysis | Sample Answer Contents Introduction and Biography Features of Dickinson’s Style Themes and Subject Matter Poem by Poem Analysis of 10 Poems Sample Answer Introduction and Biographical Context Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA on 10th December 1830. Her father, Edward Dickinson was a lawyer and highly… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge ‘Some Critical Readings’ The following guide offers interpretations based on genre and three areas of critical theory. Contents Source Possible Interpretations A Note on the 2 Versions of the Text A Psychoanalytical Reading A Feminist Reading A Marxist Reading 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 scribbled in his notebook the following note:… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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 find easy to understand… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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.’ The activity… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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 structure as well as context, genre and… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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 scenes on DVD. The students are asked to… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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, and, well, none-too-easy.… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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 they are studying a range of the… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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, developing in some ways… [ read full article ] »


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

Theresa Sowerby | 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, ELLB2, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, 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

click on image to enlarge Guide Navigation Introduction A Guide to Reading Four Early Poems Grouping The Poems - Key Features [ read full article ] »


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

Paul Merrell | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA1, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL03, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, Hot Entries, Poetry, Eliot, The Waste Land

click on image to enlarge 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 don’t know how, for… [ read full article ] »


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

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, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET04, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Gender, Gender Resources, Prose, The Bloody Chamber

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 predator and prey, with only… [ read full article ] »


A level English Literature Guide to John Donne Selected Poems »

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, LITA4, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, Hot Entries, Poetry, Donne, Selected Poems, Writing, Poetry Analysis

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 Biography and context The Metaphysical poets Approaching a Donne poem – A Valediction of Weeping Key Characteristics of Donne’s poetry Variety of Attitudes to love – connections and groupings A Closer Look at five love poems: Talking to God… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro »

Jonathan Peel | Sunday September 22, 2019

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose, Hot Entries, Prose, Never Let Me Go

This is just a little taster of Jonathan Peel’s frankly superb guide to Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel ‘Never Let Me Go’.... This guide in combination with our schemes of work provides you with insightful material to engage with in and out of class. Complete notes can be downloaded as pdf files below. We might start this document by considering the genre of the writing. Is it science-fiction? Or dystopian literature in which a parallel world is developed which focuses on… [ read full article ] »


A Student’s Guide to ’Much Ado About Nothing’ »

mandy_lloyd | Friday September 20, 2019

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 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 Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

Associated Resources Much Ado About Nothing - Student’s Guide.doc This brief study guide focuses on the themes, language and issues of the play relevant to the current A-Level Literature specification AO2 requirement of form, structure and language: ‘demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts’. The guide also explores some areas of the historical context of the play which will assist… [ read full article ] »


Cambridge IGCSE First Lang Speaking and Listening Scheme »

Paul Merrell | Monday September 02, 2019

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, English 0500, English 0522, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

The point of this guide is to give you some thoughts and approaches to lessons that might assist you in preparing your students for this test. It should be stressed that you do not need to deliver these lessons in sequence unless you so wish, nor at a particular time of the course.  As you study the Literature texts and prepare for the First Language English examination you will, naturally, be conducting exercises and undertaking tasks that will help prepare your pupils for the Speaking… [ read full article ] »


Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Macbeth Scheme Lessons 1-17 »

Shane Richardson | Thursday August 08, 2019

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis

Guide Navigation Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Macbeth Scheme Lessons 1-17 Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Macbeth Scheme Lesson 18 Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack How the Component is Assessed Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE 80 marks 1 hour 45 minutes written paper Content Overview - Reading and responding to: one Shakespeare play one studied modern prose… [ read full article ] »


Child Language Acquisition - Tackling The Exam Transcript Using Frameworks »

Steve Campsall | Tuesday July 02, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB3, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Child Language Acquisition, An Introduction to Child Language Acquisition, CLA Exam Revision

Your task when presented with any text is to dig out its subtleties. This guide offers a way to dig deep, one that can help to reveal a text’s subtlest aspects; and subtlety is what gains most marks, every time. Analysing Children’s Language Whenever you analyse a text, your first job is to work out its ‘big-picture’. After all, the words you’ll find on the exam paper will be a pretty poor representation of the original ideas, thoughts and feelings that led to… [ read full article ] »


Cambridge IGCSE First Lang Eng Reading Passages Scheme »

Paul Merrell | Saturday June 29, 2019

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, Cambridge iGCSE English, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0990, Hot Entries

Example First Person Narrative. New pdf When Disaster Strikes Booklet 2014. New pdf Features of the Narrative Voice Grid. New pdf News Report and International. New pdf Three Non-Fiction Texts - Features of the Narrative Voice. New pdf Preparing Students for this Examination I would suggest that this question can be answered in several ways Firstly, the skills that your students will need to do well in Paper 2 are ones that you will, hopefully, be able to build throughout delivering the English… [ read full article ] »


Developing Writing Skills: Productive, Creative, Original; Transformative, Editorial »

Beth Kemp | Thursday June 13, 2019

Categories: Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Writing, Productive, Creative or Original Writing, Transformative or Editorial Writing

The skills of producing original writing are required in many specifications, particularly for Language and combined Language and Literature courses, and it can be a challenge to vary the presentation and practice of this very skill-focused aspect of English. Some specifications require students to write in different styles, or for different audiences and purposes under exam conditions, in which case students need preparing for a range of different types of writing, while others use productive… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 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 with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 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 with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 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 with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 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 with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


CIE English Language Resources 0990 (9-1) »

Richard Gent | Friday May 03, 2019

Categories: KS4, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0990, Hot Entries

  Click here for an examiner guide to moving from 0627 to 0990 2020 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… [ read full article ] »


Edexcel iGCSE English and English Literature Guide to Anthology Texts »

Steph Atkinson | Friday April 26, 2019

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

click on image to enlarge 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… [ read full article ] »


Edexcel IGCSE English Language B (9-1) »

Richard Gent | Friday April 26, 2019

Categories: KS4, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language Edexcel B, Hot Entries

Edusites resources for the Edexcel IGCSE English Language B (9-1) are intended to compliment the Edexcel resources available from the Edexcel website. To help teach this specifications and for your students to make measurable progress Edusites has engaged some of the best writers and English experts to both write and moderate these materials ensuring that what we bring to you has a carefully constructed for your classroom practice. Below are links to the three main resources. These resources… [ read full article ] »


An A Level Guide to Context »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday March 27, 2019

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Contextual Research

  How is this useful for students? This A Level Guide to context will  help your own students to a deeper and useful understanding of the key idea of context. Many students struggle with this concept which, along with purpose, audience and genre must surely rank as one of the four key aspects of all texts; indeed, it could be argued that, along with the individual writer or speaker of a text, context is the main aspect of central concern as, from these two, all others flow. With that… [ read full article ] »


Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: An Inspector Calls Scheme Lessons 1-9 »

| Thursday February 21, 2019

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, An Inspector Calls , Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis

Guide Navigation Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack Associated Resources An Inspector Calls Comparative Table 1912 & 1945.doc How the Component is Assessed Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE 80 marks 1 hour 45 minutes written paper Content Overview - Reading and responding to: one Shakespeare play one studied modern prose or drama text This is a closed book… [ read full article ] »


An English Literature Guide to The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde »

Chris Curtis | Monday December 03, 2018

Categories: KS4, 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 A664, Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, Hot Entries, Prose, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis

click on image to enlarge 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… [ read full article ] »


Edexcel IGCSE Literature (9-1) - Updated! »

Richard Gent | Thursday November 22, 2018

Categories: KS4, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature Edexcel, Hot Entries, Poetry

Our teaching materials are used in two thirds of the top schools. Our resources empower teachers to plan effectively, assess accurately and teach with confidence. As a non-subscriber you will be able to see a preview of the resources. To access them in full click on Subscribe now. Edusites resources for the Edexcel IGCSE 9-1 English Literature are intended to compliment the Edexcel resources available from the Edexcel website. To help teach this specification, and for your students to make… [ read full article ] »


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

Shirley Bierman | Thursday November 22, 2018

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click on image to enlarge 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… [ read full article ] »


An Inspector Calls PPT »

Steve Campsall | Thursday November 22, 2018

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Click on one of the links below to download Steve Campsall’s PowerPoint on An Inspector Calls. An Inspector Calls.ppt An Inspector Calls.pptx [ read full article ] »


Shakespeare Learning Mats | Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet »

jennywebb | Wednesday November 21, 2018

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A661, Drama, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays

Associated Resources Macbeth Learning Mat.pdf Romeo and Juliet.pdf How to pass the exam.pdf [ read full article ] »


A GCSE Higher Ability Guide to Macbeth and Browning’s Monologues »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday November 21, 2018

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 3 Significance of Shakespeare, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis

click on image to enlarge 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… [ read full article ] »


WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Macbeth Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Wednesday November 21, 2018

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Poetry, Agard, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

Guide Navigation WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack GCSE Overview The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to show their depth and breadth of knowledge through varied assessments. This specification has been designed on the basis that learners’ reading should be of whole texts. Learners are required to study the following content: at least one play by… [ read full article ] »


AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 2: An Inspector Calls Scheme »

| Friday December 09, 2016

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry , Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry Schemes, Drama, An Inspector Calls , Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis

Guide Navigation AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts & Poetry Assessment Pack Associated Resources An Inspector Calls Comparative Table 1912 & 1945.doc 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… [ read full article ] »


GCSE English Literature Guide: Lord of the Flies »

| Saturday November 26, 2016

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Hot Entries, Prose, Lord Of The Flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding Assessment Objectives 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. 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… [ read full article ] »


WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language Component 2: Reading and Writing Assessment Pack »

pdodd | Tuesday February 23, 2016

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language 2015, Component 2: Non-Fiction Reading & Transactional/Persuasive Writing, Component 2: Non-Fiction Reading & Transactional/Persuasive Writing Assessment Pack, Hot Entries

Welcome to Edusites English WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional / Persuasive Writing Assessment Pack. Click on the links below to access a sample paper, marking guidelines and indicative content. These packs have been developed by experienced English assessors with extensive awarding body experience and by people who were very closely involved in the development of these new specifications within the awarding bodies, with… [ read full article ] »


WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language Component 1: Reading and Writing Assessment Pack »

pdodd | Monday February 22, 2016

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language 2015, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Assessment Pack, Hot Entries

Welcome to Edusites English WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Assessment Pack. Click on the links below to access a sample paper, marking guidelines and indicative content. These packs have been developed by experienced English assessors with extensive awarding body experience and by people who were very closely involved in the development of these new specifications within the awarding bodies, with Ofqual and the… [ read full article ] »