The Importance of English Literature at AS and A Level: A Definitive Guide
This guide sheds light on the significance of studying English literature at AS and A level, and why it has a direct correlation to understanding life itself - something that those unaware of literature may not fully comprehend.
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Slide3What Kind of Things Will I Do and What SkillsWill I Develop? In this course you will: • Explore the cultural/historical and social contexts in which the texts were written • Analyse the writers’ use of literary technique. • Develop knowledge and understanding of key themes and literary genres and literary periods. • Discuss how texts can be interpreted in more than one way. • Compare texts. • Develop creative writing, communication, discussion and analytical skills.
Slide4LT1 Exam• Analysis of poetry. • You will study two modern poets: Sheenagh Pugh and Carol Ann Duffy
Slide5LT1 Exam• These poets have lots of opinions about the modern world and often approach this in a humorous way. • Factoid: Duffy takes old myths and makes them modern. Be prepared to read about Mrs Midas and Mrs Darwin and not their more famous husbands!
Slide6LT1 ExamYou will also study a post 1990 drama text called ‘Broken Glass’ by Arthur Miller. Factoid: did you know that Arthur Miller was once married to Marilyn Monroe?
Slide7How Long is the Exam?• A whopping two and a half hours! • Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before.
Slide8LT2 CourseworkThere are 2 parts to this extended coursework: • Prose study • Creative Reading • The folder of coursework you submit will be 3 pieces of work totalling 3000 words.
Slide9LT2 Prose StudyYou will study a text written between 1800- 1945 and compare this novel to another novel either from the same time period or later time period. At the moment we study: • ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte, ‘Enduring Love’ by Ian McEwan and ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte • Factoid: Ian McEwan wrote ‘Atonement’ which was recently given the Hollywood film treatment and starred Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.
Slide10LT2 Prose Study• You will then write a piece of coursework of approximately 1500 words on two of these novels based on character or theme.
Slide11LT2 Creative ReadingThis part of your coursework folder includes the following: • A 750 word creative writing piece based on a literary genre e.g. gothic fiction, travel writing or a particular author e.g. Martin Amis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Margaret Atwood • A 750 word commentary on how you used the stimulus text (the author or text you have chosen) and developed your own creative piece.
Slide12LT2 Creative Reading• This piece of coursework allows you the freedom to explore the type of literature you enjoy and write creatively. • Factoid (sort of): you may enjoy this part of the course so much you decide you want to be a writer, become really famous and have your book turned into a film that stars Keira Knightley as well!
Slide13A2 English Literature• Again, in year 13, the course is made up of an exam and a folder of coursework.
Slide14LT3 Coursework• You will produce a folder of approximately 3000 words on analysing three texts from different literary periods and genres e.g. Renaissance period, twentieth century or Victorian period • The emphasis in this module is on independent research and reading allowing you to choose what you enjoy (with our guidance of course.)
Slide15LT4 The Exam• The only exam you will sit will include questions on the following: • Shakespeare and another drama text e.g. ‘Hamlet’ and ‘The Revenger’s Tragedy’ • Pre 1800 poetry e.g. Chaucer’s ‘The Wife of Bath’ • An unseen poem
Slide16LT4 The ExamHow long? Another whopping two and a half hours.
Slide17Should I Study EnglishLiterature? The answer is most certainly yes if you are the type of student who: • Enjoys reading • Enjoys discussing and analysing. • Enjoys trips to the theatre and other cultural pursuits. • Want to gain insights into philosophy, history and politics through literature. • Wants to develop writing and communication skills. • Wants a career in the media, journalism, business, law, teaching or the arts.
Slide18We feel passionately about EnglishLiterature and really want you to feel the same. ‘Literature makes us better noticers of life; we get to practice on life itself; which in turn makes us better readers of detail in literature; which in turn makes us better readers of life.’
Slide19•Thank you for listening • Hope to see you next September • Any questions?