English Literature Curriculum

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Year 9

Autumn Term
Students will undertake the study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. During this module, students will become familiar with the characters and ideas found in the novel, and examine the ways in which Steinbeck uses language to create this memorable and thought provoking work. Assessments will focus on language (a written, empathic response to a character situation) and literary ideas (an extract-based character study). Both assessments were rooted in the new linear GCSE frameworks.

Following this, students will study a selection of non-fiction texts on the themes of travel and science/discovery. Writing in a range of forms will springboard from these texts and be transactional in nature. Comparative assessment will look at understanding the language of different writers on the same topic.

Spring Term
Students will conclude the non-fiction topic, and then begin to study 19th-century fiction with an emphasis on Sherlock Holmes. Summative assessments will consist of creative writing of an opening to a detective story and a literary examination of the ways in which Arthur Conan Doyle makes his stories interesting.

Summer Term
Students will study a range of poetry on the theme of journeys, which progresses from the earlier non-fiction texts on this theme. A selection of texts will interpret journeys in a broad sense, both literal and metaphorical. The selection will be taken from different eras, in order to consider how travel/journeys have meant different things to people at different times. The literature assessment will be a mini-essay comparison response to an unseen poem alongside one studied during the course of the module.

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Year 10

Autumn Term
Students will study Animal Farm by George Orwell, increasing their aptitude for reading in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas.

Spring Term
Students will evaluate a range of 19th century short stories, to develop their ability to read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading.

Summer Term
Students will study Macbeth in depth, enabling them to: appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage; write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, use Standard English; acquire and use wide vocabulary, including grammatical terminology, and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

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Year 11

Autumn Term
Students are continuing their work for the Shakespeare and Poetry Controlled Assessment worth 25% of their English Literature grade. Students will complete a four hour assessment comparing Richard III and a selection of poetry from the WJEC Examination Anthology.

A one-hour mock based on Richard III will take place in classes w/c 05/10/15

The four-hour assessment will take place in lesson w/c 02/11/15

After the assessment students will study A Christmas Carol by Dickens for a closed book examination.

Spring Term
Students will read A View from the Bridge by Miller.

Year 11 Mock Exams will take place on 25 February - 4 March.

Students will then start a revision programme on Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck as well as further teaching of poetry for an unseen comparison of two poems in the final literature examination.

Summer Term
The revision programme for the set texts above will continue during this term. A more comprehensive plan will be available for students before Easter.

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Year 12 (exam board: OCR)

Autumn Term
Comparative and Contextual Study
Students will be studying towards the unit of work entitled ‘American Literature 1880-1940’. They will be encouraged to read widely and independently in their chosen topic of study. Students are required to demonstrate close reading skills in analysing unseen prose extracts and are also required to identify and consider how attitudes and values are expressed in unseen extracts. Students will be required to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively their knowledge, understanding and judgement of unseen extracts. The text studied this term include The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, The Age of Innocence by Wharton and The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, however a wider knowledge of texts from this period in American literature will be required for the exam in 2017.

Wider reading will be encouraged with students attending a compulsory ‘6th lesson’.

Assessment: 5 October – an essay which compares two exam texts
Assessment: 30 November- an essay in which students will be asked to discuss a critical response to their exams texts; they will be encouraged to include aspects of their wider reading of American Literature and aspects of context.

Spring Term
Drama and Poetry pre-1900
Students are required to study one play by Shakespeare. In addition, they are required to study one pre-1900 drama text and one pre-1900 poetry text. For Section 1, the Shakespeare plays we have been chosen are Hamlet and The Tempest. For Section 2, the texts chosen are A Doll’s House by Ibsen and the selected poems of Christina Rossetti. Students will be able to establish connections between their chosen texts from the genres of drama and poetry and are expected to demonstrate their appreciation of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on the writers, readers and/or audiences and be able to explore relationships between their chosen texts. This section requires learners to read texts in a variety of ways and respond critically and creatively.

Mock week is w/c 22 February 2016

Summer Term
Non-exam assessment in A Level English Literature: Literature post-1990
The aim of this internally assessed component is to encourage individual study, interest and enjoyment of modern literature and for students to develop:
• an appreciation of how writers shape meanings in texts through use of language, imagery, form and structure;
• an understanding of texts informed by an appreciation of different interpretations;
• an ability to explore connections across texts, such as stylistic, thematic or contextual.

The texts and task titles for this component, Literature post-1900, will be confirmed later in the year. One of the texts will have to have been published after 2000 and a play, some poetry and a novel will be studied for this unit.

The close reading task will be taught after Easter and the deadline for this will be the end of the summer term, July 2016.

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Year 13

Autumn Term
This term will students will be working on their coursework unit Text in Time (unit F664).They will be working on how to address the assessment objectives in their work which involves comparing their three texts: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Hardy, Great Expectations by Dickens, and the selected poems of Lord Tennyson.

Assessment dates:
12/10/15 – an abstract for the coursework and a short comparative piece
16/11/15 – first draft of coursework due
14/12/15 – final draft of coursework due

Spring Term
Students will be working on their exam texts for the final unit (F663). The texts for this are: The Tempest by Shakespeare, The Wife of Bath by Chaucer, and Tis A Pity She’s a Whore by Ford. The last two texts have to be compared in the final examination, while the Shakespeare text is examined separately.

Mock exam week is w/c 07/03/16.

Summer Term
The examination texts will be revised. A more detailed programme for revision will be available just before Easter.

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