English Literature

The English Literature curriculum is designed to cover a broad range of non fiction and non fiction texts, covering both pre and post 1900 texts, to develop of students ability to read both critically, analyticaly and, most importantly, for enjoyment.

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives An Inspector Call by J.B Priestley (drama text)

Assessment Objectives (AOs)

All specifications in English Literature must require candidates to demonstrate their ability to:

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 AO3

· make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers‟ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects

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 AQA Non- Fiction Exam

SECTION A: READING

Assessment Objectives

i. Read and understand texts, selecting material appropriate to purpose, collating from different sources and making comparisons and cross-references as appropriate.

ii. Explain and evaluate how writers use linguistic, grammatical, structural and presentational features to achieve effects and engage and influence the reader, supporting their comments with detailed textual references. SECTION B: WRITING – Assessment Objectives

i. Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, using forms and selecting vocabulary appropriate to task and purpose in ways which engage the reader.

ii. Organise information and ideas into structured and sequenced sentences, paragraphs and whole texts, using a variety of linguistic and structural features to support cohesion and overall coherence. iii. Use a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling.

Key Activities / Homeworks Homework:

Research activities in key events in the early and mid 20th century.   Complete P.E.A. paragraphs on the major themes and characters within the play. Complete activities which compare and address how themes in the play relate to the contextual events of the early-mid 20th century. Students will be asked to read reviews and commentary of the play in order to gain a deeper understanding of material. Students will complete a variety of quote finding and sorting activities to reinforce their understanding of characters and themes.

Assessments Half Term 1:

Interim: ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’

Answer mock exam questions which requires student to discuss a theme or character across the first two acts of the play.

AQA Literature Exam: Part 2

-Students will be tested on their understanding of ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’

Suggest reading & support materials GCSE Bitesize – English Literature

Revision Guides for Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck & An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley

York notes on the texts

GCSE Bitesize   English Language

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives GCSE English Literature – Poetry Across Time Anthology (Relationships Cluster) & Of Mice & Men Revision

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 AO3

make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects

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

Key Activities / Homework Key Activities and Homework: Students will revise previous notes in order to reinforce understanding of literature material. Students at this point should focus on enforcing their understanding of ‘Relationship Poetry’ & Of Mice & Men Revision . Student will be asked to answer previous exam questions in order to build an understanding and practise how to answer the specific question types. Students must focus revision and research on how authors use form, structure and language to convey themes. In addition, students should practice the structuring of P.E.A. paragraphs as they will need this for both their literature and language exams.
Assessments Half Term 3:

Relationship Poetry

English Literature Exam Unit 2:

Students will be asked to answer questions which will compare poems based on form, structure and language. In addition, students will be asked to comment on the themes and language of an unseen poem.

Mock Exam: W/B 23rd Jan

Students will write a past English Literature Exam, Unit 2.

Suggest reading & support materials GCSE Bitesize – English Literature

Revision Guides for Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck & Poetry Across Time – Relationships Cluster

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives AQA Non- Fiction Exam

 

SECTION A: READING

Assessment Objectives

i. Read and understand texts, selecting material appropriate to purpose, collating from different sources and making comparisons and cross-references as appropriate.

ii. Explain and evaluate how writers use linguistic, grammatical, structural and presentational features to achieve effects and engage and influence the reader, supporting their comments with detailed textual references.

SECTION B: WRITING

Assessment Objectives

i. Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, using forms and selecting vocabulary appropriate to task and purpose in ways which engage the reader.

ii. Organise information and ideas into structured and sequenced sentences, paragraphs and whole texts, using a variety of linguistic and structural features to support cohesion and overall coherence.

iii. Use a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling.

Key Activities / Homework Key Activities and Homework: Students will revise previous notes in order to reinforce understanding of literature material. Students at this point should focus on enforcing their understanding of ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘Relationship Poetry’. Student will be asked to answer previous exam questions in order to build an understanding and practice how to answer the specific question types. Students must focus revision and research on how authors use form, structure and language to convey themes. In addition, students should practice the structuring of P.E.A. paragraphs as they will need this for both their literature and language exams.
Assessments AQA Past Papers for the following three exams:

AQA English Literature: Unit 1 Modern Texts (An Inspector Calls & Of Mice and Men)AQA English Literature: Unit 2 Poetry Across Time AQA English Language – reading & producing Non-Fiction Texts

Suggest reading & support materials GCSE Bitesize – English Literature

Revision Guides for Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck & Poetry Across Time – Relationships Cluster

GCSE Bitesize – English Language

AQA Revision Guides