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

Steve Campsall | Friday January 12, 2018

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...

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An A Level Guide to Context »

Steve Campsall | Friday January 12, 2018

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...

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AQA LITB1 Aspects of Narrative Select Poems of Robert Frost »

Steph Atkinson | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Frost, Frost's Selected Poems, Writing, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Overview

These 9 commentaries on the poems of Robert Frost are intended to function in two ways: as generic sets of notes for teaching any of these poems at GCSE or A Level, and, predominantly, as teaching notes for the AQA AS level unit, LITB1, ‘Aspects of Narrative’.

They can be used for both Section A and Section B of the LITB1 exam, since Frost can be used in either section. They focus on the following assessment...

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A level English Literature Guide to John Donne Selected Poems »

theresasowerby | 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 –...
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A Level English Literature Teacher’s Guide | The Bloody Chamber »

theresasowerby | Friday May 09, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, The Bloody Chamber , EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET04, Gender, Gender Resources, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level

Introduction

Carter’s collection of short stories The Bloody Chamber is taught for many A level courses across all exam board. It is especially popular with AQA ‘B’ teachers. It was published in 1979 alongside her study of the work of the 18C French aristocrat and sexual libertine, the Marquis de Sade, entitled The Sadeian Women. De Sade gave his name to the word Sadism and led a dissolute life, writing lengthy pornographic novels, the most famous...

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Student Study Guide for Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller »

mandy_lloyd | Friday May 02, 2014

Categories: KS4, Drama, Death of a Salesman, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Form - ‘Tragedy’

In classical tragedies, so famous in ancient Greece, the playwright presents a protagonist (a ‘hero figure’) who initially succeeds but then suffers a ‘reversal of fortune’: we watch his fall from grace because he ‘over-reaches’ and dares the gods in some way, angering them and causing them to bring about his downfall. The gods bring the hero to fail because of a human weakness – a ‘fatal...

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AQA ENGB1 The Representation of Masculinity in Battlefield 4 »

Sarah Battams | Wednesday April 30, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Gender, Gender Resources, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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This activity is primarily targeted at AQA B English Language students who are studying Language and Gender/ Power/ Technology as part of ENGB1, though it may be of interest to students following other A level and Media Studies specifications as well. The task is to consider how masculinity is represented in a script from the video game Battlefield 4. Though gender is the focus, concepts related to power and to technology are...

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AQA AS Eng Lit Guide LITA 1b World War One Literature »

Julie Richardson | Tuesday April 29, 2014

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, Drama, Journey's End, Black'ell and Survivors, Hot Entries, Poetry, Kipling, My Boy Jack, Larkin, MCMXIV, Sassoon, Suicide in the Trenches , World War One, Writing, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis

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Associated Resources

Resources for Exploring Wider Reading

This resource is designed to expose students to a wide range of WW1 Literature, intending to give them a broad and useful understanding and appreciation of the texts and their context. The texts selected in this scheme of work focus on the Poetry...

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

pauledusites | 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...

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An AQA English Literature LTA1A Guide: Victorian Literature »

David Dunford | Friday April 04, 2014

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

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Distant though the Victorian era may seem to most young people today, it is of enormous importance in being the origin of many of the things we now take for granted – in terms of technological development, changes in society and in attitudes and beliefs. It was a period of massive changes, which many people resisted or tried to ignore. Not surprisingly, many writers tried to draw the public’s attention to their...

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A Level English Language Guide to Language Investigation »

theresasowerby | 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...
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AQA English Literature LTA1C Guide: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature »

David Dunford | Thursday April 03, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Angelou, And Still I Rise, Duffy, Feminine Gospels, Sheers, Skirrid Hill, Writing, Literary Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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What is modern? Strictly since 1900, but most of the texts you study are more recent than that.
Why then? It was the start of more general questioning of attitudes previously assumed to be true. (WW1 was a major catalyst).
What attitudes?

  • Race:  White races superior to all others (and British to be chosen by God to lead the world). British Empire. (Also ethnic or tribal conflict in other areas).
  • Gender: Men to be the...
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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...[ read full article ] »


AQA English Literature A: LTA1B World War One Literature »

David Dunford | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, World War One, Writing, Literary Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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There can be little doubt why so much has been – and continues to be - written about WW1, both at the time and in the nearly 100 years since it began. Perhaps the reasons can be divided into two groups.

No conflict like it had ever occurred before:

  • The numbers of people involved.
  • The appalling conditions, particular on the Western Front.
  • The growing sense of waste and futility.
  • The loss of vast numbers, sometimes significant...
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A Level English Guide to T. S. Eliot: Introduction and Guide to Four Early Poems »

theresasowerby | 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


An AQA/Edexcel A Level Teacher’s Guide to Restoration Comedy »

Victoria Elliott | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level

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Relevance for Syllabuses:

AQA LITA3 Love Through the Ages
Restoration Comedy is a key movement in the study of the theme of love in literature, partly because of its historical context in the history of theatre (women now allowed on stage), and partly because of its translation of romantic love into ‘realistic’ plots. It also sets up some of the key conventions which continue through to the present day.

AQA LITB2 Dramatic...

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AQA AS LITB1 Narrative Poems: John Keats »

theresasowerby | Tuesday April 01, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Narrative, Analysing Narrative, Narrative Techniques, Poetry, Keats, Lamia, Le Belle Dame sans Merci, The Eve of St Agnes, Writing, Poetry Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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This guide has been written with the requirements of AQA Specification B AS Unit 1 (LITB1): Asppects of Narrative in mind, but almost all of the materials could also be used for any study of Keats’s poems, e.g. for AS or A2 coursework or unseen poetry appreciation.

Introduction

The three set poems could be studied on many levels but, for the purpose of Unit 1, it is important that students keep their focus on the way Keats...

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A Guide to OCR A2 F663 Section B (from 2013): Drama and Poetry Pre-1800 »

pauledusites | 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...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Texts in Context The Gentleman »

alangleave | Monday March 31, 2014

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

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“The Gentleman” Part 1

The following is one of a series of lessons aimed at helping students to improve their preparation for the unseen element in their AQA LITA1a exam unit: Victorian Literature. There will be two lessons based upon one text this time, this being Part 1.

The passage below is taken from a university lecture given by the eminent Victorian, John Henry Newman – academic, churchman, and since July 2012,...

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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...

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A Level English Literature Guide to T S Eliot’s Poem The Waste Land »

theresasowerby | Monday March 31, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Eliot, The Waste Land, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL03, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, WJEC A Level

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The following is not a detailed study guide to the whole text of The Waste Land but a number of suggestions about how to tackle this often truly exciting yet notoriously challenging text so as to enable students to answer effectively on it without becoming overwhelmed by real or preconceived difficulties. The guide would be suited to many A level English Literature courses (AQA, WJEC, OCR or Edexcel).

Introducing the Poem

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A Level English Language Guide to AQA B ENGB1b Social Varieties »

Sarah Battams | Friday March 28, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Non-Fiction Analysis, Media Analysis, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Social Varieties: Language & Power and Language & Gender

Power and Gender in The Office

The purpose of this activity is to consolidate the work students would have done on power and gender in preparation for ENGB1 (AQA B AS English Language). Students will need to have access to the script from episode one of series one of The Office (pp.27-32 of The Office: The Scripts) and it will also be advantageous if they watch 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...

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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...

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

Chris Curtis | Monday November 18, 2013

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

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The Really Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde

For readers today The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, is far from being a shocking story that induces both fear and terror into our beating hearts. It’s a story whose effects have been diluted by modern graphic media content, constant repetition and simplified interpretations over the years since it was first published in1888. We know the story so well that it...

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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...

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A Level English Literature Guide to Unit 4 LITA4 »

ruthowen | 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...

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A Level English Literature Guide to Teaching Chaucer Background Lessons »

jennywebb | Wednesday October 23, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Chaucer, Writing, Literary Analysis, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, ELLA4, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, 6EL02, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level

Introduction

Chaucer can be a daunting prospect for many 17-year-olds. His medieval 14th Century historical, cultural, religious and literary context is so far removed from anything else they have come across before; and the likelihood is that they will never have come across even his name in their earlier school career. By the time they hit A Level, Shakespeare is familiar territory, having been studied at GCSE and KS3 in most schools, but Chaucer remains...

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

jennywebb | 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...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Ruskin on Railways Two »

alangleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

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

John Ruskin’s (1819-1900) Open Letter on Railway-Building: Lesson Two

Ruskin’s open letter on the building of the Bakewell-Buxton railway has shown how polemical he can be (and many Victorians, we shall see, had fire in their bellies!) It also shows how literary he can be; and our first letter ended with considering how effectively he can use classical and mythological imagery (i.e. allusions).

Remember always: a good writer (and you are unlikely...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Ruskin on Railways One »

alangleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

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

John Ruskin’s (1819-1900) Open Letter on Railway-Building: Lesson One

Having carefully considered one text of the kind that the AQA may set in its AS Victorian Literature paper, we may step back for a moment and consider the other types (or genres) that may be set. They are:

  • a diary entry;
  • a letter;
  • an autobiography;
  • a biography;
  • literary criticism;
  • a history text;
  • a cultural commentary.

That may sound a lot, and rather complicated, but it is as...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Laws Concerning Women Two »

alangleave | Thursday October 17, 2013

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

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 2

I hope that you agree that the first lesson took you some way into understanding this complex but interesting passage – by beginning to explore and understand how it works as a piece of writing. We do not forget for a moment that the first part of your answer in the examination will be to summarise what the passage is about; but I hope you are beginning to agree that what it is “about”...

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AQA LTA1a Victorian Literature Unseen: Laws Concerning Women One »

alangleave | Tuesday October 15, 2013

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

“Laws concerning Women” by Barbara Bodichon – Lesson 1

The following is the first in a series of lessons aimed at helping students to improve their preparation for the unseen element in their exam, the AQA English Literature unit, LTA1a: Victorian Literature. There are two lessons based upon the text included here.

Imagine the scene: it’s a revolution. Here is a woman doing something that only men in Victorian times were supposed to be able to...

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

theresasowerby | 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...

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A Study of Classroom Discourse Spoken English Scheme »

theresasowerby | Wednesday September 04, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Spoken English, GCSE Spoken English, AQA English Language , Unit 3 Understanding Texts and Creative Writing, AQA A Level English Language B, ENGB1, ENGB4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Background

This SOW was initially used as a GCSE English Study of Spoken English Controlled Assessment task (CAT) with a set of able students. It worked very well in focusing them on an area of language that was of interest to them, encouraged them to undertake an in depth study of an area of spoken language and become familiar with the necessary terminology with which to analyse the data and reflect on their own experience of...

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A Level English Literature Guide to The Awakening »

Shirley Bierman | Tuesday September 03, 2013

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

AQA Specification B – A2 English Literature Coursework

Unit LITB4: Further and Independent Reading

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

The guide could also...

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A Level English Language & Literature ELLA3 Revision Guide »

bethk | Tuesday May 21, 2013

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


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

Victoria Elliott | Monday May 20, 2013

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

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Specifications and Assessment Objectives

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

Content

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

The topic for this unit is Love...

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English Literature Guide to Désirée’s Baby »

Shirley Bierman | Thursday May 16, 2013

Categories: AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, WJEC A Level

Kate Chopin

Background

Kate Chopin, Katherine O’Flaherty (February 8, 1850 — August 22, 1904) was an American writer of short stories and novels. Most of her stories are set in Louisiana with prominent female characters in her writing.

She wrote for some very well-known magazines such as Vogue, Atlantic Monthly and The Century Magazine and the public enjoyed her short stories. Her two novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899) were given...

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

Steve Campsall | Wednesday May 15, 2013

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

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

If that condition has been met, through classroom and personal study along with...

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A Level English Language ENGA3 Revision Guide »

bethk | Monday May 13, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Language Change & Variation, An Introduction to Language Change & Variation, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level


A Level English Language ENGA1 Revision Guide »

bethk | Saturday May 11, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Child Language Acquisition, CLA Exam Revision, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level


A Guide to Love Through The Ages »

ruthowen | Tuesday April 16, 2013

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


A Level English Assessment Advice »

bethk | 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...

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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

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...

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A Level English Literature Starters »

bethk | 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....
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A Level English Linguistic Lesson Starters »

bethk | 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


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


A Teacher’s Guide to Enduring Love by Ian McEwan »

alewis | Tuesday October 23, 2012

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, Enduring Love, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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The attached scheme of work and resources will be particularly useful to those teaching AQA Literature specification B Unit 1 Aspects of Narrative but also, I hope, to those teaching the novel elsewhere for either AS or A2 literature where the novel may appear as part of a coursework unit, as wider reading or as a specified text for The Modern Novel.

Teaching the novel has its own peculiar difficulties simply because of the size of the text and always...

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A Guide to Victorian Literature LTA1 »

ruthowen | Friday October 19, 2012

Categories: Poetry, Browning, Hardy, Rossetti, Tennyson, Prose, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Victorian Literature, Wuthering Heights, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level