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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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OCR A2 Unit F663 Guide to John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ »

Sarah Knightley | Friday June 27, 2014

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, Drama, Tis Pity She's a Whore, Hot Entries, Poetry, Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Writing, Drama Analysis


A Level 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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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


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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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS Unit F661 Section B: Prose »

pauledusites | Wednesday December 11, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Jane Eyre, The Turn of the Screw, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Introduction

Of the two parts of the F661 examination, I think this is the Section most likely to keep your pupils awake at night (and that’s not only because OCR seems to have opted for a range of Gothic texts to in this latest incarnation of the specification!) After all, in its current manifestation, the Prose section of the exam contains some complex novels with some pretty difficult themes and issues to consider.

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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS F661 Section A: Poetry »

pauledusites | Tuesday December 03, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Writing, Analytical Writing, Poetry Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Introduction

In theory, answering Section A – the Poetry question – of F661 should be a fairly straightforward affair. After all, the pupils have had the opportunity to prepare the poems in advance and, as the life of the specification rolls on, the number of potential poems left to be chosen decreases. Likewise, the actual poem is published for the pupils in the examination – there are no hours upon countless hours of...

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An A Level Guide to Context »

Steve Campsall | Friday November 15, 2013

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

Teacher’s Note

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

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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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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS F662: Literature Post-1900 »

pauledusites | Friday October 18, 2013

Categories: Drama, Analysing Drama, Hot Entries, Poetry, Prose, Analysing Prose, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, Re-Creative Writing, OCR A Level English Literature, F662, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Introduction

This is, by far, my favourite unit to teach across OCR’s A Level – and it is the one that, most fairly, seems to reward the hard work of the pupil.

Whereas the F661 and F663 examination units can be, understandably, nerve-wracking affairs, and the F664 coursework requires a complex juggling act of a range of challenging texts, F662 feels pleasantly straightforward. What’s more, the fact it is worth 40% of...

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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 Level English Literature Study Guide to The Poems of Emily Dickinson »

theresasowerby | Wednesday September 04, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Poetry, Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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Note: This guide is primarily aimed at students studying for Section A of the OCR AS English Literature Paper F661 but it would be equally useful for many A level coursework modules for Edexcel, WJEC or AQA where the student can choose their texts.

Contents

  1. Introduction and...
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The Turn of the Screw Teaching Ideas and Study Guide »

mandy_lloyd | Tuesday March 19, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, Analysing Prose, The Turn of the Screw, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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OCR AS Unit F661: Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 (Closed Text)

The focus of this section is the study of a prose set text from the period 1800-1945. There is a choice of two questions on each set text and candidates answer one question on the text they have studied.

Candidates should be able to:

  • respond to a proposition offered in the question demonstrating understanding of the text in relation to the view presented;
  • explore how themes and issues are...
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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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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 Guide to OCR A2 F663 Drama and Poetry Pre-1800 »

pauledusites | 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...

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One need not be a Chamber »

theresasowerby | Monday September 03, 2012

Categories: Poetry, Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level


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A Selection of Poems

Based on the requirements of OCR unit F661.

Note: individual analyses with potential links with other poems marked in blue.

Contents

  1. Poem 258: There’s a certain Slant of Light
  2. Poem 280: I felt a Funeral in my Brain
  3. Poem 341: After great pain, a formal feeling comes
  4. Poem 465: I heard a...
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Analysing Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre »

Steph Atkinson | Tuesday April 24, 2012

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

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Binary Opposition

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

The theory...

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

winwoodedu | Wednesday September 21, 2011

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


An Introduction to Edward Thomas »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday September 08, 2011

Categories: Poetry, Thomas, Edward Thomas, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F661

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Edward Thomas and His Poetry

Edward Thomas is one of our most highly regarded war poets and yet in the popular imagination is perhaps less well-known; his work has attracted the highest critical acclaim.

Here are some comments:

Because all of his poetry was written after the outbreak of war, it is all, in an important sense, war poetry. Behind every line, whether mentioned or...

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A Guide to Jane Eyre »

Victoria Elliott | Tuesday August 30, 2011

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


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...

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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...

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A Teacher’s Guide to A Woman of No Importance »

csweeney | Monday June 13, 2011

Categories: Drama, A Woman Of No Importance, Hot Entries, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET04, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB4, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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Why you might like to teach this text!

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A Woman of No Importance is a wonderful text to teach and your students will enjoy studying it.

It is short, it has an absorbing and convincing plot and its themes are easily recognised, interestingly explored and persuasively presented.

On top of this, Wilde is a fine and witty dramatist who...

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

mandy_lloyd | Monday June 06, 2011

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

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Associated Resources

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...

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How to Improve Grades When Writing for Othello »

csweeney | 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

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A Guide to Teaching Othello

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Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.doc

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A Guide to Teaching Othello »

csweeney | 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

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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...

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English Literature Frameworks Guide »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 06, 2010

Categories: EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, 6ET03, 6ET04, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, LITB3, LITB4, OCR A Level English Language, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, F664, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, LT3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level


A Guide to Gothic »

Victoria Elliott | Monday November 09, 2009

Categories: Hot Entries, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, OCR A Level

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

What makes Gothic?

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

The presence of psychological...

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday August 19, 2009

Categories: Prose, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET03, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles in context

In an ideal world, we would study the whole text with all our students for AS and A2 English Literature. However, we realise that, given the pressures of A level study and teaching, this is not always possible. Therefore, it can be useful to teach using carefully selected extracts which are relevant to the module being studied. This can necessitate just as much preparation on the part of the teacher, who must read...

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