In preparation for writing their coursework piece on a comparison of two texts of their choice, on a topic of their choice, students will be explicitly taught about planning, researching, plagiarism, contextual information, including wider reading and analytical style in writing. There will be time for students to research, plan and write in lessons with teacher supervision and support. Further work on narrative style and language style will be incorporates in preparation for writing their piece.
Assessment: Non-examination unit - 20% of the overall A Level qualification. Draft deadline in November of year 13 Final deadline in January of year 13
Students will study aspects of the form of drama via 'Othello', by William Shakespeare. Students will need to explore the use of literary and dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings in the play. Wider reading should address the significance and influence of contextual factors and engage with different interpretations of the play. Students' study of Shakespeare should be enhanced by engagement with critical writing, including the reading of 'Shakespeare: A critical anthology- Tragedy'
Exam style questions requiring essay responses.
Students will study 18 poems from the Forward Book of Poetry. Students will be asked to read the poems before the lesson in Term 1 and complete some tasks based on key ideas. Lessons will be dedicated to development of these ideas, looking for alternatives to initial interpretations and solidifying ideas in annotations of the poems. Students will start to approach the poems as unseen in preparation for their final exams. Students need to learn how to write about poems at A Level Literature standard under timed conditions. Teachers will be trained in appropriate essay style and using correct terminology. The focus of study will be on analysing writer's methods, considering language, structure and form. A comprehensive and critical evaluation of the poems are needed. Comparison of poems will also be explore by theme. Additional unseen poems will be included in the SOW and students will explore how studied poems can be compared to these. Focused feedback on essays will inform future writing.
Assessment: Term 1 - Essay analysing one studied poem in detail. Exam in January - Comparing two studied poems based on a theme - 1 hour 15 minutes. Term 4 - One comparison essay - unseen and studied poem - 1 hour 15 minutes Essays set to practice all of the above throughout the scheme.
During this terms teachers will carefully tailor their lessons to their students' needs. Lessons will be split between examined components. Lessons will include timed tasks which will focus on exam style and help the students to become adjusted to the strict timing. Lessons will also focus on essay style and writing responses, with some focus on content. Teachers will set focused revision and essays for all students to complete independently at home.
End of Year Examinations