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

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

Theresa Sowerby | Monday March 31, 2014

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

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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. The guide would be suited to many A level English Literature courses (AQA, WJEC, OCR or Edexcel).

Introducing the Poem

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

Chris Curtis | Monday November 18, 2013

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 1 Understanding Prose, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A664, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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The Really Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde

For readers today The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, is far from being a shocking story that induces both fear and terror into our beating hearts. It’s a story whose effects have been diluted by modern graphic media content, constant repetition and simplified interpretations over the years since it was first published in1888. We know the story so well that it...

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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 Level English Literature Starters »

Beth Kemp | Monday March 11, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, KS5 English Starters, Improve Your Teaching, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, AQA A Level English Literature B, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

This collection of lesson starters for A Level English Literature complement the collection of ‘ice breakers’ and general English starters for broad recapping ideas, word games, creative writing starters, essay skills, general terms activities and skill builders. See A Level English Starters.

General discussion prompts are useful as broad starters once in a while. Try one of these quotations to get the class thinking:

  • “Literature adds to reality....
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A Guide to Victorian Literature LTA1 »

Ruth Owen | Friday October 19, 2012

Categories: Poetry, Browning, Hardy, Rossetti, Tennyson, Prose, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Victorian Literature, Wuthering Heights, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level


An Introduction to Edward Thomas »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday September 08, 2011

Categories: Poetry, Thomas, Edward Thomas, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F661

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Edward Thomas and His Poetry

Edward Thomas is one of our most highly regarded war poets and yet in the popular imagination is perhaps less well-known; his work has attracted the highest critical acclaim.

Here are some comments:

Because all of his poetry was written after the outbreak of war, it is all, in an important sense, war poetry. Behind every line, whether mentioned or...

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A Teacher’s Guide to A Woman of No Importance »

Christine Sweeney | Monday June 13, 2011

Categories: Drama, A Woman Of No Importance, Hot Entries, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET04, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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Why you might like to teach this text!

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A Woman of No Importance is a wonderful text to teach and your students will enjoy studying it.

It is short, it has an absorbing and convincing plot and its themes are easily recognised, interestingly explored and persuasively presented.

On top of this, Wilde is a fine and witty dramatist who...

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A Level English Literature | Guide to Narrative Analysis »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday March 16, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, LITB2, LITB3, LITB4

Although analysing a text at the level of narrative is a direct requirement of some English Literature courses, such as AQA’s LITB1, 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...

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English Literature Frameworks Guide »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 06, 2010

Categories: EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, 6ET03, 6ET04, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, LITB3, LITB4, OCR A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, F664, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, LT3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level


Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday August 19, 2009

Categories: Prose, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET03, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles in context

In an ideal world, we would study the whole text with all our students for AS and A2 English Literature. However, we realise that, given the pressures of A level study and teaching, this is not always possible. Therefore, it can be useful to teach using carefully selected extracts which are relevant to the module being studied. This can necessitate just as much preparation on the part of the teacher, who must read...

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AQA English Literature A – LTA1A Question 1 (Wider Reading) »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday August 18, 2009

Categories: AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1

LTA1A – Introduction to Wider Reading

LTA1A is entitled “Texts in Context?, and Question 1 of this examination module is known as the “Contextual Linking? or “Wider Reading? question. Candidates are presented with an unseen extract about an aspect of Victorian society or life and invited to compare it to their wider reading in the genres of prose, poetry and drama.

The technique of integrating wider reading into an analysis of an unseen text may...

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