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AQA GCSE Guide to Unit 1 Section B: Mister Pip »

Jennifer Webb | Friday April 04, 2014

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

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Mister Pip is a fascinating but difficult text to study at GCSE. The subject matter is hard hitting and disturbing, meaning that students are simultaneously intimidated by the enormity of the themes, and drawn in by its harrowing sense of reality. Some teachers have shied away from this text simply because the violent content is so raw; however, in my opinion, students find it very accessible and refreshing to study. This exam takes the form of two mini-essays. The first is an analysis of an extract from the novel;...

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GCSE English Literature Student’s Guide to An Inspector Calls »

Shirley Bierman | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Language, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Literature, Paper 1 Prose and Drama, OCR GCSE, Drama, An Inspector Calls , Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Essays, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662

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Focusing on the analysis of form, structure and language

For any text you study for your GCSE English Literature coursework, controlled assessments or exam, to gain a high grade, the exam board’s mark scheme requires you to analyse and discuss effective aspects of form, structure and language. Many teachers call this “FSL”. In practice, most students cope well with analysing and discussing the useful effects created by language choices; but many struggle with discussing the effects of structure; and many more...

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GCSE English Literature To Kill a Mockingbird | Set of Lessons »

Emma Radford | Friday November 29, 2013

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

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

Associated Resources

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



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

Jo Winwood | Friday November 22, 2013

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

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AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 1.ppt

Notes to Accompany the PowerPoint

Slide 1

Title slide

Slide 2

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

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

Chris Curtis | Monday November 18, 2013

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Webb | Wednesday October 23, 2013

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

Introduction

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

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

Additional Resources

  • AQA Lit Unit 1 DNA Storyboard.pdf
  • AQA...
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GCSE English Literature Student Guide to John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ »

Steve Campsall | Thursday October 17, 2013

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

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Teacher’s Note

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

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

rps_rgs | Monday October 14, 2013

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

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“Top grade thinking…”

Education

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

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

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An Inspector Calls Learning Mat »

Jennifer Webb | Thursday February 14, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, An Inspector Calls , Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662, WJEC GCSE English Literature

An Inspector Calls Learning Mat.docx




Studying a Play »

Steve Campsall | Tuesday December 04, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, The Crucible, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE English Literature, WJEC GCSE English Literature

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Source: RSC / Peter Cook

Below are some general notes aimed at students, intended to help them analyse any stage play.

Plot and Theme

When a writer creates a story, whether for page or stage, there are two linked aspects that you can analyse and discuss in your school essays: plot and theme.

Plot

When we read or watch anything, we give time over to it. For us to feel this time will be well spent and worthwhile, the writer needs, from the outset, to find ways to interest and absorb us into the world of the fictional story or play, the...

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A Guide to The Crucible »

Jo Winwood | Tuesday December 04, 2012

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, The Crucible, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, WJEC GCSE English Literature

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Source: Royal Court Theatre, London | VAM

Guide Navigation

1. Studying a Play
2. A Guide to The Crucible

The Crucible

1. Background

Although Miller based his play on the seventeenth century US Salem witchcraft trials, the themes of the play are universal and probably timeless. There are parallels between the play and the lengths people will go to, for example, to separate themselves from anyone suddenly under the scrutiny of those in authority; and we all know how easy it is to leap to conclusions based on faulty judgments.

Witchcraft,...

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

Mandy Lloyd | Thursday October 11, 2012

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

Guide Navigation

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

Introduction

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

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

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A Guide to ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro »

Jonathan Peel | Wednesday August 03, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose, Hot Entries, Prose, Never Let Me Go

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This is just a little taster of Jonathan Peel’s frankly suberb guide to Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel ‘Never Let Me Go’. At over 40 pages, it should provide you with more than enough material to engage with in and out of class.

  • NLMG Guide.pdf

We might start this document by considering the genre of the writing. Is it science-fiction? Or dystopian literature in which a parallel world is developed which focuses on negative stereotyping (the opposite of a Utopia - look them up, it’s part of learning!). Or is it something else again?

I argue that...

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An Inspector Calls PPT »

Steve Campsall | Monday July 18, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, An Inspector Calls , Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

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Click on one of the links below to download Steve Campsall’s PowerPoint on An Inspector Calls.

  • An Inspector Calls.ppt
  • An Inspector Calls.pptx

 




Of Mice and Men Post-reading Revision PPT »

Steve Campsall | Tuesday March 08, 2011

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

OMAM Post-reading Revision.ppt

OMAM Post-reading Revision.pptx




GCSE English Literature Guide: Lord of the Flies »

Jo Winwood | Friday November 26, 2010

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Lord Of The Flies, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts, WJEC GCSE English Literature

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Assessment Objectives

AO1

Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.

AO2

Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

AO4

Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts and at different times.

To fulfil these assessment objectives...

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GCSE English Literature Guide: To Kill A Mockingbird »

Jo Winwood | Tuesday November 16, 2010

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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Assessment Objectives

AO1

Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.

AO2

Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

AO4

Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts and at different times.

To fulfil these assessment objectives...

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Lord of the Flies PPT by Jo Winwood »

Jo Winwood
Tuesday December 07, 2010

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Click on the link below to download Jo Winwood’s PowerPoint on Lord of the Flies.

The Lord of the Flies by Jo Winwood.ppt




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