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A level English Literature Guide to John Donne Selected Poems »

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday August 20, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Donne, Selected Poems, Writing, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, OCR A Level

The following guide to Donne’s poems is designed to give examples both of close reading and of links between the poems. It will be useful for teachers of WJEC Lit 4 and for anyone considering Donne as a choice for A2 coursework e.g. for the poetry element of Unit 4 OCR.

Contents

  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 love poems:
    • The Sunne Rising
    • The Apparition...
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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

Guide Navigation

Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson One, Two and Three
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Four, Five and Six
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Seven, Eight and Nine
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Ten, Eleven and Twelve
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Sixteen, Seventeen and Eighteen
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Lesson Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty One

Associated Resources

  • OCR A Level English Literature Specification.pdf

Exemplar Past Paper Questions

Drama Comparisons

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

Paul Merrell | Monday April 14, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Eliot, The Waste Land, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA1, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL03, 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

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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 don’t know how, for example, you could prepare a class on Waugh’s A Handful of...

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A Level English Language Guide to Language Investigation »

Theresa Sowerby | Thursday April 03, 2014

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

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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 OCR Unit F654.

Most students need support and guidance in setting up their investigations so...

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

Theresa Sowerby | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: 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, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB2, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

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Guide Navigation

  1. Introduction
  2. A Guide to Reading Four Early Poems
  3. Grouping The Poems - Key Features



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 Sheridan’s The Rivals – thus, teachers will find much that is useful for this play here...

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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 an investment in their own business from business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar. Each week the...

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A Student Guide to A Level English Language ‘Text Analysis’ »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday January 22, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Lexical Analysis, Linguistic Analysis, Textual Analysis, 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 English Language & Literature, 6EL01, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN01, 6EN03, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, F672, F674, OCR A Level English Language, F652, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL4, WJEC A Level English Language, LG1, LG4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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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, and, well, none-too-easy.

  • The guide can be used at any time during your course –...
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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.

Interestingly, despite this, OCR note that it is this section of the examination – as opposed...

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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 ‘quotation memorization’ required. Finally, with some judicious revision and...

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An A Level Guide to Context »

Steve Campsall | Friday November 15, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Contextual Research, AQA A Level English Language A, AQA A Level English Language B, 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, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Literature, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Language, WJEC A Level English Literature, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Generic Skills, AQA A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Generic Skills, WJEC A Level Skills Resources

Teacher’s Note

Below is an EnglishEdu Student Guide that will, hopefully, help your own students to a deeper and useful understanding of the key idea of context. Many students struggle with this concept which, along with purpose, audience and genre must surely rank as one of the four key aspects of all texts; indeed, it could be argued that, along with the individual writer or speaker of a text, context is the main aspect of central concern as, from these two, all others flow. With that in mind, this guide also touches on purpose, audience...

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A Level English Language Guide to Gender Representation in Advertising »

Sarah Battams | Wednesday November 13, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Media & Non-Fiction, Analysing Media & Non-Fiction, Gender, Gender Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Language, WJEC A Level English Language, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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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.’ The activity detailed below considers one of these ‘everyday texts’ –...

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A Students’ Guide to Writing an Effective A Level Essay »

Steve Campsall | Friday October 25, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Essays, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Generic Skills, AQA A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Generic Skills, OCR A Level Skills Resources, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Generic Skills, WJEC A Level Skills Resources

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Teacher’s Note

What follows is a guide written for students that, I hope, will help them write more effective essays. Even an essay that gains a lowly grade will often be the result of a substantial amount of time and effort from the student; and the chances are that he or she felt all along that their writing was ‘going wrong’ somehow – but press on they must, on to what must at times seem like the bitter end. How frustrating and perhaps even belittling this process can be for the student – and how much, too, it likely reduces that...

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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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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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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 Assessment Advice »

Beth Kemp | Tuesday April 09, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Generic Skills, AQA A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Generic Skills, OCR A Level Skills Resources, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Generic Skills, WJEC A Level Skills Resources

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What follows is a small set of samples, exemplars and resources that is intended to suggest ways of providing meaningful feedback advice to students in a time and effort efficient way – as well as helping students to make good use of it.

It’s all too easy to assume that the only way we can help students with coursework drafts, or with mock exams, is to correct everything we can get away with (and in some cases, more than that) and therefore to show them the ‘right’ way. At the same time, we know really that getting the students to work on...

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AS English Language Guide | An Introduction to Linguistic Methods »

Sarah Battams | Tuesday April 09, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Linguistic Analysis, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA2, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Language, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Language, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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1. ‘Burt’s Chips’ Textual Analysis PowerPoint

  • Burts Crisps.pptx

2. Notes to Accompany ‘Burt’s Chips’ PowerPoint

The PowerPoint and ideas contained in these notes have been used successfully to introduce students to the linguistic methods or “frameworks” needed as a part of the AQA English Language course; however, the ideas contained here and in the PowerPoint are easily adaptable and entirely applicable to other A Level language courses as well as the combined English Language and Literature courses.

Slide 1 and General Notes

The...

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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 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. It does not simply describe it.” C. S. Lewis
  • “Poetry is the best words in the best...
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A Level English Linguistic Lesson Starters »

Beth Kemp | Monday March 11, 2013

Categories: Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, KS5 English Starters, Writing, Linguistic Analysis, Speech Analysis, Child Language Acquisition, An Introduction to Child Language Acquisition, CLA Exam Revision, Gender, Gender Resources, Spoken English, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA1, ENGA2, ENGA3, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA2, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB1, ELLB3, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL01, 6EL03, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN01, 6EN03, 6EN04, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Language, F651, F653, WJEC A Level English Language, LG2, LG3, LG4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

Guide Navigation

  • A Level English Language Starters: Frameworks & Analysis
  • A Level English Language Starters: Accent & Dialect
  • A Level English Language Starters: Language & Gender
  • A Level English Language Starters: Language Change
  • A Level English Language Starters: Mode & Technology
  • A Level English Language Starters: Child Language Acquisition
  • A Level English Language Starters: Language & Power

This collection of suggestions includes ice-breaker or ‘getting to know you’ ideas which are especially suitable for a new class and some...

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein PPTs »

Sarah Knightley | Wednesday November 07, 2012

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Frankenstein, Writing, Prose Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, OCR GCSE English Literature, WJEC GCSE 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 Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, F662, 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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Associated Resources

  • 1. Shelley - Frankenstein Walton’s Letters 1-4.pptx
  • 2. Shelley - Frankenstein Allusions and Victor Ch 1-4.pptx
  • 3. Shelley - Frankenstein The Birth of the Creature Ch 5-8.pptx
  • 4. Shelley - Frankenstein Families Ch 15 Focus.pptx
  • 5. Shelley - Frankenstein The Trial Ch 16-17.pptx
  • 6. Shelley - Frankenstein Female Characters Ch18-20.pptx



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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Guide Navigation

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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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

Guide Navigation

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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Analysing Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday April 24, 2012

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Jane Eyre, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA1, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA2, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

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Binary Opposition

The way a text creates and shapes its reader’s interpretation to develop both meaning and feeling can be fruitfully and subtly analysed by means of binary opposition. Despite its apparent complexity, this method can easily be understood by students of varying levels and ability from GCSE upwards. It can allow them to create subtle analyses of texts of the kind that can fulfil the requirements of the highest grade bands.

The theory works from the premise that many words and phrases have, as Steve Campsall terms it, their...

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A Guide to Selected Poems of W.B. Yeats »

Jo Winwood | Wednesday September 21, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Yeats, W.B. Yeats, Writing, Poetry Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET04, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, KS5 Archive, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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1. Specifications & Assessment Objectives

2. An Introduction

3. The Stolen Child

4. September 1913

5. The Cold Heaven

6. The Wild Swans at Coole

7. An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

8. The Fisherman

9. Easter 1916

10. The Second Coming

11. Sailing to Byzantium

12. Leda and the Swan

13. Among School Children

14. In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz

15. The Man and the Echo




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 Poetry Resources
  • Edward Thomas Aspens PPT

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 not, lies imminent danger and disruption. Andrew Motion

And from the foreword to the...

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A Guide to Jane Eyre »

Victoria Elliott | Tuesday August 30, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Jane Eyre, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA2, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

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1. ­Overview of Specifications & Assessment Objectives

2. Context

3. Form

4. Characters

5. Themes

6. Setting

7. Language

8. Writing about Jane Eyre




A Guide to Hamlet »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday July 07, 2011

Categories: Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, 6ET04, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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  1. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1
  2. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2
  3. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3
  4. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4
  5. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5

Introduction and Act 1

Hamlet: tragic hero?

Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical approaches.

The aim of this...

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A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing »

Steph Atkinson | Monday June 20, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE English Literature, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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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 play in performance.

The parallel story within the plot of the...

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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

Associated Resources

  • Part 1 - AWONI Teaching Guide.doc
  • Part 2 - AWONI Annotated Guide.docx
  • Part 3 - AWONI Teaching Guide.doc

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 uses his chosen form in fascinating ways not only, at the level of plot, to entertain...

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

Mandy Lloyd | Monday June 06, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE English Literature, 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 English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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Associated Resources

  • A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing by Steph Jackson
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Student’s Guide.doc

This brief study guide focuses on the themes, language and issues of the play relevant to the current A-Level Literature specification AO2 requirement of form, structure and language: ‘demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts’.

The guide also explores some areas of the historical context of the play which will assist you with...

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How to Improve Grades When Writing for Othello »

Christine Sweeney | Wednesday February 16, 2011

Categories: Drama, Othello, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

Associated Resources

A Guide to Teaching Othello

Click on the link below to download this resource.

Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.doc

Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.docx




A Guide to Teaching Othello »

Christine Sweeney | Wednesday February 16, 2011

Categories: Drama, Othello, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

Associated Resources

How to improve grades when writing for Othello

This EnglishEdu guide on Shakespeare’s popular A Level play, Othello, aims to supplement rather than replace other readily available Internet and printed material for the teaching of the play.

The guide explores the issues, themes and characters in the play that are particularly relevant to the current (2010) A Level Literature specifications. To add to the usefulness, and with an eye to the central AO requirement of close textual analysis of form, structure and...

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A Guide to Conversational Analysis »

Beth Kemp | Sunday January 30, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Conversational Analysis, A Guide to Conversational Analysis, Transcribed Conversations, Transcripts Pack, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA1, ENGA4, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, ENGB4, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA2, ELLA3, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB3, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL01, 6EL03, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN01, 6EN03, 6EN04, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, F671, F672, F673, OCR A Level English Language, F651, F653, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL1, LL3, LL4, WJEC A Level English Language, LG1, LG2, LG3, LG4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

Associated Resources

  • Transcripts Pack
  • Guide to Conversation Analysis.doc

This guide is intended to support teachers preparing students for tasks involving the analysis of transcribed conversation at AS and A2 level, although teachers of the new GCSE unit on Spoken Language may also find some helpful information here, especially in the “Key Issues” section.  Just don’t get carried away with the technical terms or theories at this level!

The advice and information given here is relevant to many specifications, both Language courses and...

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Transcripts Pack »

Beth Kemp | Sunday January 30, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Transcribed Conversations, Transcripts Pack, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA1, ENGA4, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, ENGB4, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA2, ELLA3, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB3, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL01, 6EL03, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN01, 6EN03, 6EN04, OCR A Level English Language & Literature, F671, F672, F673, OCR A Level English Language, F651, F653, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL1, LL3, LL4, WJEC A Level English Language, LG1, LG2, LG3, LG4

Associated Resources

  • A Guide to Conversational Analysis

Introduction

This collection of transcripts has been produced with A Level Language and combined Language and Literature teaching in mind, although some of the transcripts may also be suitable for use with the new Spoken Language GCSE unit.

  • Never Mind The Buzzcocks.doc
  • David Beckham and Jonathan Ross.doc
  • Paxman and Cooper on Taxes.doc
  • Husband and Wife - Nan and her Fruit Pies.doc
  • Student and Teacher.doc
  • Jeremy Kyle.doc
  • Hugh F-W - Beer Batter.doc
  • Loose Women.doc
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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

Guide Navigation

  1. Close Reading & Textual Analysis
  2. Close Analysis
  3. Openings
  4. Characters and Characterisation
  5. Setting, Places and Scenes
  6. Atmosphere, Mood, Tone and Foreshadowing
  7. Dialogue
  8. Description, Imagery, Figurative Language
  9. Irony
  10. Alternative Interpretations
  11. Narrative
  12. Verisimilitude
  13. Time
  14. Symbolism
  15. Context
  16. Genre



Child Language Acquisition »

Victoria Elliott | Thursday October 08, 2009

Categories: Hot Entries, Child Language Acquisition, An Introduction to Child Language Acquisition, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA1, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB3, EDEXCEL A Level English Language, 6EN03, OCR A Level English Language, F651, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

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Introduction

Child Language Acquisition is one of most enjoyable and apparently accessible topics for students of English Language A level. However, because of the enthusiasm and the apparent accessibility it becomes all too easy for study of this topic to remain fairly superficial, with identification of features not brought into a coherent, logical analysis related to the bigger picture, a characteristic which is the key to the higher grades.

Although different in their exact application, the various syllabuses have the same threads...

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Supporting Materials for Writing an Argument Style Essay »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 07, 2009

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Essays, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

Exemplar Argument Style Essays for all English Literature and English Language & Literature Specifications

The following two essays were written by the author as part of her English Literature A Level. Although they address the requirements of a legacy A Level specification, these resources can be used in two main ways, whatever specification you are following:

  • as generic examples of argument-style essays. These two examples are accompanied by commentaries which follow each paragraph and trace how the writer has constructed and developed an...
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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 the whole text and locate suitable extracts. This guide aims to facilitate this process by...

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Economist Debates: Language Shapes How We Think »

Dan Clayton
Monday December 13, 2010

There’s an interesting debate at The Economist.

http://www.economist.com/debate/debates/overview/190

Definitely good for people teaching the A spec (ENGA2 or ENGA3) and anyone interested in seeing a style model for a debate on a language topic.



A Guide to Gothic »

Victoria Elliott
Monday November 09, 2009

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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 and physical terror is one key characteristic, as is a...

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