GCSEEnglish Literature

English Literature

Paper 1 Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel

Students will read Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Frankenstein; a Modern Prometheus by Mark Shelley. They will explore the themes and characters of each text, as well as considering the contextual factors that may have influenced the writers and that may affect reception of the texts by different readers across time.

 

In the exam, students will analyse an extract from each text and refer to details from the texts in their entirety in response to the questions set.

 

Paper 2 Poetry and The Modern Novel

Students will read Animal Farm by George Orwell and the AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology. They will also prepare to analyse a range of other poetry in preparation for the exam. They will explore the themes and characters of the texts, as well as considering the contextual factors that may have influenced the writers and that may affect reception of the texts by different readers across time. They will also develop the skill of comparing texts to each other, with reference to themes, ideas and writers’ methods.

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Joyce Carol
Oates

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.”

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Mike
Tyson

“It’s good to know how to read, but it’s dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what you’re reading.”

English Literature

This course is graded as GCSE 9-1
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English Literature
Assessment

100 % exam

2 Units, one with an hour and 45 minute exam and the other with a 2 hour and 15 minute exam.

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