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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 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 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 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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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


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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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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Related Resources

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 Guide to Gothic »

Victoria Elliott | Monday November 09, 2009

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, F664, Hot Entries

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Gothic is an option on two of the Literature A level syllabuses: AQA English Literature B, Unit 3 (LITB3) and the OCR A2 coursework unit (F664)

What makes Gothic?

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

The presence of psychological...

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