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WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Macbeth Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 26, 2016

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Poetry, Agard, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack

GCSE Overview

The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to show their depth and breadth of knowledge through varied assessments.

This specification has been designed on the basis that learners’ reading should be of whole texts.

Learners are required to study the following content:

  • at least one play by Shakespeare
  • at least one 19th century novel
  • a...
[ read full article ] »

OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Macbeth Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 26, 2016

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack

How the Unit is Assessed

Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02)

Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours written paper

Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

  • one thematic poetry cluster from the OCR poetry Anthology, including making connections with a thematically linked poem
  • one studied Shakespeare play

Assessment Objectives

GCSE English and English Literature assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and...

[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Macbeth Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 26, 2016

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Macbeth Scheme Model Responses
  • AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack

How the unit is assessed:

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

In Section A, students will respond to a Shakespeare play that they have been taught in preparation for the examination. The paper will contain an extract about which students will need to write and then use this as a springboard to branch out across the rest of the text....

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Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Tempest Scheme »

rlsmedia | Wednesday May 20, 2015

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, The Tempest, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • The Tempest Character List.docx
  • The Tempest Symbolism Chart.docx

How the Component is Assessed

Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature

Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

  • 80 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper

Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

  • one Shakespeare play
  • one studied modern prose or drama text

This is a closed book examination. The texts will not be allowed...

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Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 »

Alex Bull | Tuesday May 19, 2015

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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  1. Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3
  2. Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 4-6
  3. Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx
  • Edusites Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack.docx

How the Component is Assessed

Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature

Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

  • 80 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes...
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Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Tuesday May 19, 2015

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack

How the Component is Assessed

Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature

Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

  • 80 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper

Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

  • one Shakespeare play
  • one studied modern prose or drama text

This is a closed book examination. The texts will not be allowed in the examination with the student.

Aims and Learning Outcomes

Courses based on this...

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OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Thursday February 12, 2015

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack

How the Unit is Assessed

Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02)

Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours written paper

Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

  • one thematic poetry cluster from the OCR poetry Anthology, including making connections with a thematically linked poem
  • one studied Shakespeare play

Assessment Objectives

GCSE English and English Literature assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Friday February 06, 2015

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack

GCSE Overview

The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to show their depth and breadth of knowledge through varied assessments.

This specification has been designed on the basis that learners’ reading should be of whole texts.

Learners are required to study the following content:

  • at least one play by Shakespeare
  • at least one 19th century novel
  • a...
[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

Shane Richardson | Tuesday February 03, 2015

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack

How the unit is assessed:

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B

The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 »

rlsmedia | Monday February 02, 2015

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, The Merchant of Venice, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  1. WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7
  2. WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14
  3. WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • The Merchant of Venice Table 1.docx

GCSE Overview

The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to show their depth and breadth of knowledge through varied assessments.

This specification...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Weeks 1-3 »

Alex Bull | Monday January 26, 2015

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  1. WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Weeks 1-3
  2. WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Weeks 4-6
  3. WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • WJEC Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx
  • Edusites Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack WJEC.docx

GCSE Overview

The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to show their depth and...

[ read full article ] »

OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 »

Alex Bull | Tuesday January 13, 2015

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  1. OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3
  2. OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 4-6
  3. OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • OCR Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx
  • OCR Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack.docx

How the Unit is Assessed

Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02)

Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours written paper

Content Overview - Reading and responding...

[ read full article ] »

OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 »

rlsmedia | Monday January 12, 2015

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, The Merchant of Venice, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  1. OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7
  2. OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14
  3. OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • OCR GCSE The Merchant of Venice Table 1.docx

How the Unit is Assessed

Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02)

Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours written paper

Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

  • one thematic poetry cluster from the OCR poetry...
[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Tempest Higher Ability Scheme »

rlsmedia | Monday December 08, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, The Tempest, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • The Tempest Character List.docx
  • The Tempest Symbolism Chart.docx

How it’s assessed:

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B

The 19th-century novel: students will answer one...

[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 »

Alex Bull | Friday November 28, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  1. AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3
  2. AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 4-6
  3. AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx
  • Edusites Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack.docx

How the unit is assessed:

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC Eng Lit Paper 3: Controlled Assessments Linked Texts Guide »

Beth Kemp | Tuesday October 21, 2014

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Poetry Analysis, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama

This Controlled Assessment can also be used for GCSE English. It requires students to study a Shakespeare play (any except Othello or Much Ado About Nothing) and a cluster of fifteen poems from the WJEC poetry anthology (poems are allocated to set clusters by the board, according to theme – this changes annually and is notified in advance, to allow for completion in year 10 for submission in year 11).

The specification changes require students to demonstrate that they have studied the entire play and a full cluster of poems, although the...

[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 »

rlsmedia | Monday September 08, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Drama, The Merchant of Venice, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  1. AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7
  2. AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14
  3. AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Sample Paper & Response
  4. AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack

Associated Resources

  • AQA GCSE The Merchant of Venice Table 1.docx

How the unit is assessed:

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of...

[ read full article ] »

Shakespeare Learning Mats | Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet »

Jennifer Webb | Friday April 04, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A661, Drama, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

Associated Resources

Macbeth Learning Mat.pdf
Romeo and Juliet.pdf
How to pass the exam.pdf




An A Level English Literature Guide to Twelfth Night »

Steph Atkinson | Monday December 02, 2013

Categories: KS4, Drama, Twelfth Night, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Twelfth Night can currently be taught as an option on many A Level English Literature syllabuses, as well as being studied as a GCSE controlled assessment / coursework text and as part of an introduction to Shakespeare at KS3.

With a particular focus on Twelfth Night as a comedy for the AQA AS English Literature Specification B (LITB2), this teaching guide aims to provide plenty of exemplification, through the close textual analysis of the text, looking at aspects of language, form and structure as well as context...[ read full article ] »


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 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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Preparing students for WJEC English Literature Paper 3: Controlled Assessments - Linked Texts »

Beth Kemp | Sunday October 20, 2013

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Poetry, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama

This Controlled Assessment can also be used for GCSE English. It requires students to study a Shakespeare play (any except Othello or Much Ado About Nothing) and a cluster of fifteen poems from the WJEC poetry anthology (poems are allocated to set clusters by the board, according to theme – this changes annually and is notified in advance, to allow for completion in year 10 for submission in year 11).

The specification changes require students to demonstrate that they have studied the entire play and a full cluster of poems, although the CA...

[ read full article ] »

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 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 Guide to Romeo and Juliet »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday April 18, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Poetry, Anthologies, Browning, Sonnet 43, Marvel, To His Coy Mistress, Owen, Futility, Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama, AQA Moon On The Tides

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Part 1 Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet | Part 2 Marvel’s To His Coy Mistress
Part 3 Browning’s Sonnet 43 | Part 4 Owen’s Futility
Part 5 Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade

Love and Conflict

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare explores several themes but perhaps the twin themes of love and conflict were uppermost in his mind when he conceived and wrote the play. At GCSE, the play is often used as part of a controlled assessment task in which students explore the presentation of one of these themes and compare it with...

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A Guide to Teaching Julius Caesar at GCSE »

Jo Winwood | Tuesday January 31, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, Drama, Julius Caesar, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE English, Unit A641 Reading Literary Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A661

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This guide has been written to help teachers in their reading, preparation and teaching of the play. Julius Caesar can be taught as a part of several exam board English Literature units:

  • AQA GCSE English Literature 4710 | Unit 4: Approaching Shakespeare & the English Literary Heritage
  • AQA GCSE English 4700 | Unit 3 Understanding and producing creative texts
  • OCR GCSE English Literature | 2.1 Unit A661: Literary Heritage Linked Texts
  • OCR GCSE English | Unit A641 Reading literary texts
  • Edexcel GCSE English Literature | Unit 3: Shakespeare and...
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A Guide to Measure for Measure and Scheme of Work »

Andrea Lewis | Wednesday August 03, 2011

Categories: Drama, Measure For Measure, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, WJEC A Level

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  1. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 1 + Scheme of Work
  2. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 2
  3. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 3
  4. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 4
  5. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 5

Act 1 and Scheme of Work

Why teach ‘Measure for Measure’?

Measure for Measure is certainly not the easiest of Shakespeare’s dramas nor is it probably one of the most popular choices when teachers are thinking about AS and A2 level specifications; however, the degree of challenge involved in teaching it is...

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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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Hamlet Scheme of Work LITB2 »

Steph Atkinson | Friday June 17, 2011

Categories: Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Hamlet Scheme of Work LITB2.doc




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

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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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GCSE English and English Literature: Writing About A Play - Drama, Narrative & Romeo and Juliet »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday November 17, 2010

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, OCR GCSE English, Unit A641 Reading Literary Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A661, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

Teacher’s Note

This first part of this EnglishEdu guide is aimed at students who are studying any Shakespeare play – but they can easily and profitably be adapted to suit any play.

The second part of the guide is an analysis and commentary of Act 3 Sc. 1 of Shakespeare’s play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, with accompanying notes that are based upon ideas discussed in the guide’s first section.

  • The notes accompanying Act 3 Scene 1 of the play are designed to work towards helping students who are planning their Controlled Assessment essay,...
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Shakespeare Film Making »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Media & Non-Fiction, Media & Non-Fiction Activities, Shakespeare, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

This is an interactive assignment on Shakespeare and you have been asked by a production company to help them complete a short film on the famous playwright.

Watch the video.

Discuss it with your classmates.

  • What messages are coming across in this short film?
  • What does the title suggest “The Bard and The Barred”? Who is The Bard and who might be The Barred?
  • What do you think about the comments of the girls?
  • How do you respond to the man’s comment at the end?
  • The film was shot in two locations. Where are they? Why are they important...
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Anne Hathaway & Sonnet 130 Comparison Grid »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 05, 2009

Categories: Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing, Poetry Analysis

Comparative Analysis

Complete the following grid in as much detail as possible. Try to include different interpretations. If you’re not sure have a guess – but make sure you can back up your ideas from the text. Make sure that as well as finding the techniques, you comment on their effects/significance.

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Sonnet 130 Collapsed »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 05, 2009

Categories: Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing, Poetry Analysis

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Poetic Techniques Anne Hathaway and Sonnet 130 »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 05, 2009

Categories: Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing, Poetry Analysis

Poetic Techniques used in Anne Hathaway and Sonnet 130

Write examples of the poetic technique on the left from the two poems.

There may be just one example or several. Include as many as you can.

Leave the space blank if there are no examples of the technique in the poem.

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Romeo and Juliet Characters »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday September 23, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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Call My Bluff »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday September 23, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare

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A Teaching Guide to Romeo and Juliet GCSE Shakespeare Coursework »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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Romeo & Juliet

This teaching guide for high-ability students is designed as a self-contained unit which can be used to produce the AQA A GCSE Shakespeare coursework.

The AQA A Shakespeare coursework is what is termed as a ‘cross-over’ piece; therefore, if you are using it for assessment for both English and English Literature GCSEs (the most common approach), you need to be able to address the assessment objectives for both.

Let us remind ourselves of these:

English

Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to:

(i) read,...

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Shakespeare Coursework Romeo and Juliet »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

Overview

A 4 week (12 lessons) scheme based on Romeo & Juliet for GCSE English and English Literature Pre-1914 Drama Coursework.

This unit covers the following topics:

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Romeo and Juliet Prologue »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

1. Sequence the prologue in the correct order using rhymes and the order of the events to help you – Copy Out In The Right Order
2. Underneath your sequenced prologue, write a modern day translation for each of the 14 lines.
3. The prologue is written in the form of a sonnet. Write a) why you think it has been written in this form b) how many lines there are c) what the rhyme pattern is (use letters A, B, C etc.)
4. Produce a storyboard, doing one picture for each pair of lines ( = 7 pictures in total). Use a quotation for each caption.

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Year 10 Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Research Areas »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

The Elizabethan stage


Elizabethan attitudes to fate


Elizabethan attitudes to violence


Elizabethan attitudes to love (including courtly love)


Elizabethan attitudes to women


The Elizabethan family


Elizabethan attitudes to loyalty


Elizabethan Religion




Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Prologue »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

Prologue

Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;

Whole misadventured piteous overthrows

Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.

The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,

And the continuance of their parents’ rage,

Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove,

Is now the two hours’...

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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 1 Scene 1 in order to make it an interesting, exciting and important scene?

Introduction:

Your introduction should begin to address the question immediately. It should introduce some of the key ideas you will explore in more detail later. Ensure you introduce some of the key ‘dramatic devices’ discussed in class. You should aim to give some Brief details about:

  • How this scene sets in motion the key ideas/themes that are played out in the rest of the play (e.g. love, violence, conflict)
  • ...
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Year 10 Romeo and Juliet Coursework Feedback »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

OVERALL:

***WELL DONE EVERYONE – I AM VERY IMPRESSED!***

What you’ve done really well

  • Shown a very good understanding of the play as a whole
  • Started to use quotation to back up your ideas
  • Shown an understanding of what quotations mean
  • Structured your essays clearly and effectively
  • Analysed how characters’ attitudes to violence change
  • Explained why violence is important to the play as a whole
  • Used a wide range of vocabulary
  • Started to show a personal response
  • Shown how Shakespeare is still relevant today

What you need to develop

  • ...
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Romeo and Juliet Act Three Scene One - Activity Three »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

Question: In Act 3 Scene 1, what do we discover about the characters’ various attitudes to violence in this scene?

Consider:

  • The language used by the key characters (Benvolio, Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, Prince, Lady Capulet)
  • Who the characters are speaking to and how this affects their attitude
  • What each character’s attitude is and what it tells you about them
  • What the audience’s reaction would be to each character
  • How the language might reflect social, historical and cultural attitudes

  • Use the planning grid to gather quotations and...
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What is Tragedy? Podcasts »

Richard Gent
Friday November 05, 2010

Click on the links below to access a series of excellent podcasts entitled ‘What is Tragedy?’ by Oliver Taplin (Emeritus Professor) and Joshua Billings, (a graduate student in the Oxford Classics Faculty).

Source: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

‘Tragedy has been around for over 2500 years, from its earliest manifestations in the huge open-air gathering-places of Athens and other Greek city-states, to the theatres of Renaissance England, Spain and France, right through to the twentieth century with its cinematic...

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Approaching Shakespeare Podcasts »

Richard Gent
Friday November 05, 2010

Click on the links below to access a series of excellent podcasts entitled ‘Approaching Shakespeare’ by Emma Smith (Lecturer in English at Oxford University).

Source: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

‘Each lecture in this series focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it.

Rather than providing overarching readings or interpretations, the series aims to show the variety of different ways we might understand Shakespeare,...

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