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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.

GroupingTexts 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 or...
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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 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

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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

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


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

Steph Atkinson | 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, ELLA2, ELLA4, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB2, ELLB4, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL02, 6EL04, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, F671, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, Prose, Analysing Prose, Persuasion, Writing, Essays, Literary Analysis, Linguistic Analysis, Prose Analysis

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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

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

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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

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...

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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
  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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A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing »

Steph Atkinson | Saturday September 21, 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, 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, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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‘Much Ado about Nothing’ in context: ‘Comedy’ vs. ‘Tragedy’

Much Ado About Nothing is technically considered to be a Shakespearean ‘comedy’ of the classical kind; indeed, it’s even frequently taught at KS3 owing to its frequent comic tone. The witty and entertaining exchanges between the main protagonists Beatrice and Benedick have been the subject of much literary criticism and are often considered to be the most engaging and enjoyable parts of the...

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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

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Associated Resources

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...

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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

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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

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  • 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...
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Child Language Revision »

Beth Kemp | Saturday January 12, 2019

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA1, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Child Language Acquisition, An Introduction to Child Language Acquisition, CLA Exam Revision


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

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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...

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AQA LITB1 Aspects of Narrative Select Poems of Robert Frost »

Steph Atkinson | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Frost, Frost's Selected Poems, Writing, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Overview

These 9 commentaries on the poems of Robert Frost are intended to function in two ways: as generic sets of notes for teaching any of these poems at GCSE or A Level, and, predominantly, as teaching notes for the AQA AS level unit, LITB1, ‘Aspects of Narrative’.

They can be used for both Section A and Section B of the LITB1 exam, since Frost can be used in either section. They focus on the following assessment...

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OCR A2 Unit F663 Guide to John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ »

Sarah Knightley | Friday June 27, 2014

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, Drama, Tis Pity She's a Whore, Hot Entries, Poetry, Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Writing, Drama Analysis


Student Study Guide for Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller »

mandy_lloyd | Friday May 02, 2014

Categories: KS4, Drama, Death of a Salesman, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Form - ‘Tragedy’

In classical tragedies, so famous in ancient Greece, the playwright presents a protagonist (a ‘hero figure’) who initially succeeds but then suffers a ‘reversal of fortune’: we watch his fall from grace because he ‘over-reaches’ and dares the gods in some way, angering them and causing them to bring about his downfall. The gods bring the hero to fail because of a human weakness – a ‘fatal...

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AQA ENGB1 The Representation of Masculinity in Battlefield 4 »

Sarah Battams | Wednesday April 30, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Gender, Gender Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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This activity is primarily targeted at AQA B English Language students who are studying Language and Gender/ Power/ Technology as part of ENGB1, though it may be of interest to students following other A level and Media Studies specifications as well. The task is to consider how masculinity is represented in a script from the video game Battlefield 4. Though gender is the focus, concepts related to power and to technology are...

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AQA AS Eng Lit Guide LITA 1b World War One Literature »

jrichardson | Tuesday April 29, 2014

Categories: 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, LITB1, Drama, Journey's End, Black'ell and Survivors, Hot Entries, Poetry, Kipling, My Boy Jack, Larkin, MCMXIV, Sassoon, Suicide in the Trenches , World War One, Writing, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis

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Associated Resources

Resources for Exploring Wider Reading

This resource is designed to expose students to a wide range of WW1 Literature, intending to give them a broad and useful understanding and appreciation of the texts and their context. The texts selected in this scheme of work focus on the Poetry...

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An AQA English Literature LTA1A Guide: Victorian Literature »

David Dunford | Friday April 04, 2014

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

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Distant though the Victorian era may seem to most young people today, it is of enormous importance in being the origin of many of the things we now take for granted – in terms of technological development, changes in society and in attitudes and beliefs. It was a period of massive changes, which many people resisted or tried to ignore. Not surprisingly, many writers tried to draw the public’s attention to their...

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A Level English Language Guide to Language Investigation »

Theresa Sowerby | Thursday April 03, 2014

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB4, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN04, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Language, F654, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Language, LG3, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Comparing & Contrasting, Language Investigations, Textual Analysis

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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...
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AQA English Literature LTA1C Guide: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature »

David Dunford | Thursday April 03, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Angelou, And Still I Rise, Duffy, Feminine Gospels, Sheers, Skirrid Hill, Writing, Literary Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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What is modern? Strictly since 1900, but most of the texts you study are more recent than that.
Why then? It was the start of more general questioning of attitudes previously assumed to be true. (WW1 was a major catalyst).
What attitudes?

  • Race:  White races superior to all others (and British to be chosen by God to lead the world). British Empire. (Also ethnic or tribal conflict in other areas).
  • Gender: Men to be the...
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AQA English Literature A: LTA1B World War One Literature »

David Dunford | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, World War One, Writing, Literary Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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There can be little doubt why so much has been – and continues to be - written about WW1, both at the time and in the nearly 100 years since it began. Perhaps the reasons can be divided into two groups.

No conflict like it had ever occurred before:

  • The numbers of people involved.
  • The appalling conditions, particular on the Western Front.
  • The growing sense of waste and futility.
  • The loss of vast numbers, sometimes significant...
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AQA AS LITB1 Narrative Poems: John Keats »

Theresa Sowerby | Tuesday April 01, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Narrative, Analysing Narrative, Narrative Techniques, Poetry, Keats, Lamia, Le Belle Dame sans Merci, The Eve of St Agnes, Writing, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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This guide has been written with the requirements of AQA Specification B AS Unit 1 (LITB1): Asppects of Narrative in mind, but almost all of the materials could also be used for any study of Keats’s poems, e.g. for AS or A2 coursework or unseen poetry appreciation.

Introduction

The three set poems could be studied on many levels but, for the purpose of Unit 1, it is important that students keep their focus on the way Keats...

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A Guide to OCR A2 F663 Section B (from 2013): Drama and Poetry Pre-1800 »

Paul Merrell | Tuesday April 01, 2014

Categories: Drama, The Rivals, Hot Entries, Poetry, Chaucer, The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Prologue, Writing, Comparing & Contrasting, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Literature, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale with Comparative Notes for Sheridan’s The Rivals

Introduction

This guide covers Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath, both the Prologue and Tale, and focuses of the A2 OCR unit F663, Section B – but the guide should prove very useful to anyone teaching these Chaucer texts for any other exam board. The OCR unit itself requires a comparison with another text, and in this guide, that text is...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Texts in Context The Gentleman »

Alan Gleave | Monday March 31, 2014

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

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“The Gentleman? Part 1

The following is one of a series of lessons aimed at helping students to improve their preparation for the unseen element in their AQA LITA1a exam unit: Victorian Literature. There will be two lessons based upon one text this time, this being Part 1.

The passage below is taken from a university lecture given by the eminent Victorian, John Henry Newman – academic, churchman, and since July 2012,...

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AQA A Level ENGB2: Language and Gender Analysing The Apprentice »

Sarah Battams | Monday March 31, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Gender, Gender Resources, Transcribed Conversations, AQA A Level English Language A, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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This guide provides a close analysis of a transcript from the TV series The Apprentice. Although this is a part of AQA ENGB1, the gendered aspect of language is a key part of most examination board syllabuses. This guide, therefore, will prove useful not only to teachers of AQA /B’ but also AQA ‘A’, WJEC, OCR and Edexcel.

Context

The Apprentice is a BBC reality TV programme in which a group of candidates compete to win...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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A Level English Literature Guide to Teaching Chaucer Background Lessons »

jennywebb | Wednesday October 23, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Chaucer, Writing, Literary Analysis, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA4, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL02, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level

Introduction

Chaucer can be a daunting prospect for many 17-year-olds. His medieval 14th Century historical, cultural, religious and literary context is so far removed from anything else they have come across before; and the likelihood is that they will never have come across even his name in their earlier school career. By the time they hit A Level, Shakespeare is familiar territory, having been studied at GCSE and KS3 in most schools, but Chaucer remains...

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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...

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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

Ruskin’s open letter on the building of the Bakewell-Buxton railway has shown how polemical he can be (and many Victorians, we shall see, had fire in their bellies!) It also shows how literary he can be; and our first letter ended with considering how effectively he can use classical and mythological imagery (i.e. allusions).

Remember always: a good writer (and you are unlikely...

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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

Having carefully considered one text of the kind that the AQA may set in its AS Victorian Literature paper, we may step back for a moment and consider the other types (or genres) that may be set. They are:

  • a diary entry;
  • a letter;
  • an autobiography;
  • a biography;
  • literary criticism;
  • a history text;
  • a cultural commentary.

That may sound a lot, and rather complicated, but it is as...

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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

I hope that you agree that the first lesson took you some way into understanding this complex but interesting passage – by beginning to explore and understand how it works as a piece of writing. We do not forget for a moment that the first part of your answer in the examination will be to summarise what the passage is about; but I hope you are beginning to agree that what it is “about? cannot...

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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

The following is the first in a series of lessons aimed at helping students to improve their preparation for the unseen element in their exam, the AQA English Literature unit, LTA1a: Victorian Literature. There are two lessons based upon the text included here.

Imagine the scene: it’s a revolution. Here is a woman doing something that only men in Victorian times were supposed to be able to do:...

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A Students’ Revision Guide to WJEC A Level English Language LG1 Guidance »

Steve Campsall | Monday October 14, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, WJEC A Level English Language, LG1, KS5 Archive, WJEC A Level

A Short Student Guide to WJEC English Language AS – LG1

In the exam, you’ll be presented with unseen texts and be expected to analyse, explore and discuss key aspects of how their linguistic features work to communicate both meaning and attitudes or ‘feelings’. To hit the higher marks bands, you’ll need to consider how and why particular language as well as its forms and structures came to be chosen by the writer or speaker as a means to signify...

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A Study of Classroom Discourse Spoken English Scheme »

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday September 04, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Spoken English, GCSE Spoken English, AQA English Language , Unit 3 Understanding Texts and Creative Writing, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, ENGB4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Background

This SOW was initially used as a GCSE English Study of Spoken English Controlled Assessment task (CAT) with a set of able students. It worked very well in focusing them on an area of language that was of interest to them, encouraged them to undertake an in depth study of an area of spoken language and become familiar with the necessary terminology with which to analyse the data and reflect on their own experience of...

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A Level English Language Archive »

Richard Gent | Sunday June 02, 2013

Categories: KS5 Archive, A Level 2009 Archive, KS3 Archive


A Level English and Language Archive »

Richard Gent | Sunday June 02, 2013

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A Level English Literature Archive »

Richard Gent | Thursday May 30, 2013

Categories: KS5 Archive, A Level 2009 Archive