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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 breadwinners, the leaders in politics, church, business; women the home makers.
  • Sexuality:...
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A Level English Literature Guide to Jane Austen’s Novel Persuasion »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: Prose, Analysing Prose, Persuasion, Writing, Essays, Literary Analysis, Linguistic Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA2, ELLA4, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB2, ELLB4, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL02, 6EL04, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, F671, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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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, looking at aspects of language, form and structure as well as context, genre and...

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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 parts of a community, with few signs of progress.
  • The sense that some people profited...
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GCSE English Literature To Kill a Mockingbird | Set of Lessons »

Emma Radford | Friday November 29, 2013

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

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

Associated Resources

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



GCSE English Literature Teacher / Student Guide to Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha »

Shirley Bierman | Thursday November 28, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A663, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

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Exam Boards

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

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

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

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GCSE English Literature SOW for Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha »

Shirley Bierman | Thursday November 28, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A663, WJEC GCSE English Literature

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Suitable for Guidance for

WJEC Unit 2a: Contemporary Prose (examination worth 20%); this unit is taught alongside the Literary Heritage Drama (worth the other 20% of final exam in this unit).

OCR Unit A663: Prose from Different Cultures (examination worth 25%)

Seven Week Scheme of Work Outline

Aims

  • For students to enjoy reading the novel and appreciating it as a contemporary text.
  • For students to gain confidence in their understanding of characters, themes, language and structure as well as social, cultural...
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WJEC GCSE English Literature Guide to Unseen Poetry Unit 1 SOW »

Laura Curran | Monday November 25, 2013

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

Introduction

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

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

Jo Winwood | Friday November 22, 2013

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

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Associated Resources

AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 1.ppt

Notes to Accompany the PowerPoint

Slide 1

Title slide

Slide 2

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

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Edexcel iGCSE English and English Literature Guide to Anthology Texts »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 21, 2013

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

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Overview and Guide to Grids for the Edexcel Anthology Texts

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

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

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday November 19, 2013

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

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

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

Chris Curtis | Monday November 18, 2013

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

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

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

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

Chris Curtis | Monday November 18, 2013

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

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The Really Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde

For readers today The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, is far from being a shocking story that induces both fear and terror into our beating hearts. It’s a story whose effects have been diluted by modern graphic media content, constant repetition and simplified interpretations over the years since it was first published in1888. We know the story so well that it even features in popular cartoons like ‘Scooby Doo’ and ‘Tom and Jerry’: it can’t...

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A Level English Literature Guide to Unit 4 LITA4 »

Ruth Owen | Monday November 11, 2013

Categories: Drama, A Street Car Named Desire, Hamlet, Measure For Measure, Othello, Hot Entries, Prose, Enduring Love, Notes on a Scandal, Revolutionary Road, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Essays, Literary Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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LITA4 Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study

This unit of study provides an excellent opportunity to explore the theme of love through literature, which is also the topic of your examined unit, Unit 3, LITA3

You are required to write a sustained essay on three texts of your own choice, one of which must be a play by Shakespeare. The three texts must be linked by either the theme of ‘Love through the Ages’ or by any other theme of your own choice but agreed with your teacher.

The two texts other than the...

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GCSE English Literature Guide to Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice Part One »

Jo Winwood | Friday October 25, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Hobson's Choice, Analysing Drama, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

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Introduction

The following guide is in two parts; Part One covers the background and Acts 1 and 2 and Part Two explores Acts 3 and 4.

Background

Hobson’s Choice was written by Harold Brighouse who was born in 1882 in Eccles, Salford, Lancashire. He was one of a group of Northern playwrights working in the years around World War 1. They wrote about their experiences as working men in the north of England which contrasted with the experiences of playwrights living and working in London.

He was brought up in a...

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GCSE English Literature Guide to Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice Part Two »

Jo Winwood | Thursday October 24, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Hobson's Choice, Analysing Drama, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

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Introduction

The following guide is in two parts; Part One covers the background and Acts 1 and 2 and Part Two explores Acts 3 and 4.

Act 3

Synopsis

The setting in Act 3 moves to the cellar in Oldfield Road where Willie and Maggie live and have set up shop.  Maggie and Willie are celebrating their marriage along with Alice and Vicky and their boyfriends. Alice and Vicky are surprised at how much Willie has achieved in such a short time.

The sisters suggest they leave but Willie is reluctant to let them go as he...

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A Level English Literature Guide to Teaching Chaucer Background Lessons »

Jennifer Webb | 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




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

Jennifer Webb | Wednesday October 23, 2013

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

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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 find easy to understand and explore.

When studying an A Level Literature text, nothing...

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

Jennifer Webb | Wednesday October 23, 2013

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

Introduction

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

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

Additional Resources

  • AQA Lit Unit 1 DNA Storyboard.pdf
  • AQA...
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A GCSE English Literature Guide to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol SOW »

Laura Curran | Tuesday October 22, 2013

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, A Christmas Carol, Analysing Prose, Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2b Drama and Prose

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This series of lessons, teaching materials and powerpoint slides has been produced to assist in your teaching of Charles Dickens’ popular short novel, ‘A Christmas Carol’. The novel is taught for many examination boards, but is especially popular with teachers of WJEC English Literature Unit 2 (Qu. 2), an examined unit. It is also a popular novel for KS3, although the language of Dickens undoubtedly poses difficulties for younger readers.

Associated Resources

  • Lesson 1 Context.zip
  • Lesson 2 Characters.zip
  • ...
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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS F662: Literature Post-1900 »

Paul Merrell | Friday October 18, 2013

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

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Introduction

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

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

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

Steve Campsall | Thursday October 17, 2013

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

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Teacher’s Note

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

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Laws Concerning Women Two »

Alan Gleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

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

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 2




AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Laws Concerning Women One »

Alan Gleave | Tuesday October 15, 2013

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

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 1




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

rps_rgs | Monday October 14, 2013

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

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“Top grade thinking…”

Education

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

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

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

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday September 04, 2013

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

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‘Some Critical Readings’

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

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

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday September 04, 2013

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

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Guide Navigation

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

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

Contents

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

Shirley Bierman | Tuesday September 03, 2013

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

AQA Specification B – A2 English Literature Coursework

Unit LITB4: Further and Independent Reading

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

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

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GCSE English Literature Guide to Educating Rita »

Shirley Bierman | Monday September 02, 2013

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

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Navigation Guide

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

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

OCR Unit A662: Modern Drama Examined Unit

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

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A Level English Language & Literature ELLA3 Revision Guide »

Beth Kemp | Tuesday May 21, 2013

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

Guide Navigation

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

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

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A Level English Literature Guide to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey »

Victoria Elliott | Monday May 20, 2013

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

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Guide Navigation

Overview | Context | Form
Characters | Themes | Setting | Language

Specifications and Assessment Objectives

AQA English Literature A A2 Unit 3 Reading for Meaning: Love through the Ages Examination

Content

Candidates should read at least three texts in order to prepare for a paper which will contain unprepared passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary.

The topic for this unit is Love Through the Ages. ‘Love’ will include romantic love but will not be restricted to that...

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AQA A Level English Literature Guide to LITB3 Section A: Text & Genres Exam Techniques »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday May 15, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, Essays, Literary Analysis, Persuasive Writing, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, Rhetoric Analysis, Speech Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

  • Throughout this guide, a past exam-style question based on the play Macbeth has been used to illustrate ideas, but these have been written in a way that will allow you easily to transfer the idea to any other exam text, whether another ‘Gothic’ text or Pastoral.
  • To achieve a high grade in your exam answer, one major precondition exists:
    • That you know your text well.

If that condition has been met, through classroom and personal study along with research via the Internet or other study guides, then this guide should help you achieve the...

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A Guide to Love Through The Ages »

Ruth Owen | Tuesday April 16, 2013

Categories: Drama, Analysing Drama, A Lady of Letters, Equus, Hamlet, King Lear, Measure For Measure, Othello, Hot Entries, Poetry, Brooke, The Soldier, Eliot, The Waste Land, Graves, Symptoms of Love, Hardy, The Going, Your Last Drive, Heaney, Mid-Term Break, Lamb, The First Tooth, Letts, The Deserter, Shakespeare, Sonnet 130, Prose, Enduring Love, Great Expectations, On Chesil Beach, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Guide Navigation

  1. Studying For The Exam
  2. Examples From Literature
  3. About The Exam
  4. Further Reading
  5. The Examination
  6. Symptoms of Love, Graves
  7. On Chesil Beach
  8. The First Tooth, Lamb
  9. The Deserter
  10. The Soldier, Brooke
  11. A Lady of Letters
  12. Sonnet 130, Shakespeare
  13. Measure for Measure
  14. Hamlet
  15. Othello
  16. King Lear
  17. Equus
  18. Great Expectations
  19. Enduring Love
  20. Mid-Term Break, Heaney
  21. Your Last Drive
  22. The Going
  23. The Waste Land, Elliot

Studying For The Exam

The title of this AQA A2 Unit is Reading for Meaning – Love through the Ages. It is worth taking a moment to...

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The Turn of the Screw Teaching Ideas and Study Guide »

Mandy Lloyd | Tuesday March 19, 2013

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

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

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

Candidates should be able to:

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

Teaching Ideas

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

Jo Winwood | Monday March 18, 2013

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

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Guide Navigation

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

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

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

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A Guide to OCR A2 F663 Drama and Poetry Pre-1800 »

Paul Merrell | Tuesday October 16, 2012

Categories: Drama, Hot Entries, Poetry, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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1. Introduction
2. Section A: Shakespeare
3. Section B: Drama and Poetry
4. Exemplars
5. Conclusion

Introduction

I think it is important to acknowledge at the outset that this is not an especially easy examination for which to prepare students. In my experience, no matter how much work you do with them on your chosen texts, even the most diligent and able of your pupils are going to enter the exam room with somewhat of a sense of unease; indeed, I’ve found that the more hard-work the pupil puts in, the more ideas...

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A GCSE Student’s Guide to The Woman in Black »

Mandy Lloyd | Thursday October 11, 2012

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

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1. Introduction
2. Narrative Viewpoint
3. Structure
4. Social / Historical Context
5. Language
6. Top Ten Quotations
7. Exam Preparation
8. Using Quotations
9. Sample Exam Response

Introduction

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This short popular novel is a ghost story with gothic elements. The Woman in Black was originally published in 1983 and a successful cinema adaptation was produced in 2012 starring Daniel Radcliffe (directed by James Watkins with screenplay by Jane Goldman).

In an interview, Susan Hill described ghost stories as follows:

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Aspects of Narrative | A Guide to Narrative »

Steve Campsall | Tuesday October 09, 2012

Categories: Hot Entries, Narrative, Analysing Narrative, Aspects of Narrative, Narrative Techniques, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1

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1. Introduction
2. AQA Specific Section: Assessment Objectives, etc.
3. A Critical Vocabulary
4. Tips for Improving Exam Grades
5. Guide to Narrative: Narrative Frameworks
6. Guide to Narrative: Narrative Concepts
7. Focalisation and Diegesis
8. Mimesis
9. Narrative Forms and Structures
10. AQA Specific Exam Tips
11. Help with Exam Revision
12. Analysis of Cousin Kate, poem by Christina Rossetti

Introduction

Storytelling is often associated with childhood or novels – and yet, as a means of communicating thoughts,...

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A Guide to Animal Farm »

Jo Winwood | Wednesday October 03, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Animal Farm, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, AQA English, AQA English Language , AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 1 Understanding Prose, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A664

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A Guide to Animal Farm
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10

AQA English Literature GCSE

3d Unit 4: Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage

AQA English GCSE

3c Unit 3 Understanding and producing creative texts

AO1: respond to texts critically & imaginatively; select & evaluate textual details to illustrate & support interpretations
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One need not be a Chamber »

Theresa Sowerby | Monday September 03, 2012

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

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

A Selection of Poems

Based on the requirements of OCR unit F661.

Note: individual analyses with potential links with other poems marked in blue.

Contents

  1. Poem 258: There’s a certain Slant of Light
  2. Poem 280: I felt a Funeral in my Brain
  3. Poem 341: After great pain, a formal feeling comes
  4. Poem 465: I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –
  5. Poem 501: This World is not Conclusion
  6. Poem 510: It was not...
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Practising Literary Analysis »

Beth Kemp | Saturday July 16, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Literary Analysis, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development

Close analysis of extracts – whether of known or previously unseen texts – is a key part of the assessment of English Literature (and the combined Language and Literature courses).  It is also a difficult skill to master and therefore needs considerable classroom practice.  Sometimes the task is to engage in ‘practical criticism’, selecting a range of interesting features of the text to arrive at an interpretation, while at other times, textual analysis needs to be focused more specifically: on the text’s relation to context; or on...

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