English KS5

 

Curriculum Subject: A Level English Language and Literature

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Year 12

Exam Board: Edexcel

What are we learning this term?

An introduction to the terminology for studying A Level Language and Literature.

An introduction to the different text types.

The skills to analyse and evaluate literary and non-fiction texts.

 

Autumn Term:

  1. Recreating texts-We will study a short story which we will then adapt into a radio play to be recorded. We will also recreate poetry in a film script or short story. You will have an opportunity to develop your analytical and creative writing skills.
  2. ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Following introduction lessons covering the context of 1920s’ America and key themes affecting the novel, we will study the text together. You will gain confidence in close analysis as we move from teacher-led enquiry to student-led presentations on the chapters of the novel.

 

Useful Websites:

 

For guides to key terminology and key topics for A Level Language and Literature, you will find Andrew Moore’s website extremely useful:

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/

 

To help you to understand English Grammar definitions and usage, you can visit the Oxford Dictionary Grammar A-Z| guide:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-a-z

An online full text of the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/f/fitzgerald/f_scott/gatsby/

There are lots of ‘Great Gatsby’ study guides available online:

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/

 

 

 

OneNote: Essay support materials, background notes and collaborative documents can be found here. Practice exam materials will also be accessible to students.

 

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

 

What are we learning this term?

The skills to analyse digital and non-fiction texts.

Creative Writing including how to write a commentary on your own work.

 

Spring Term:

  1. Anthology of Non-Fiction texts – We will be studying an anthology of different genres from reviews to interviews and podcasts. You will be able to apply key terminology for the study of spoken and written English. You will also study how writers communicates ideas through language and structure.
  2. Creative Writing – You will consider autobiography as a genre and then practise your coursework writing by producing your own writing and commentary. You will be able to comment on the writer’s craft and discuss how the writers meet the needs of purpose and audience in the language that they use.

 

Useful Websites:

 

Advice from a writer: http://www.nawe.co.uk/DB/young-writers-news-3/david-mitchell-advice-to-a-young-writer.html

To be a successful writer, you should have a clear idea of what texts look and sound like. Reading newspaper articles, letters, advice leaflets and magazines will help you to do this. Newspaper articles can be accessed through the following websites:

www.theguardian.co.uk

www.thetimes.co.uk

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

 

Scriptwriting guidelines: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/writers-lab/scriptwriting-essentials

 

How to write an editorial: http://www.geneseo.edu/~bennett/EdWrite.htm

 

OneNote: A digital copy of the anthology will be available. Practice exam materials will be accessible to students.

 

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

 

What are we learning this term?

The drama text for the examination: ‘Translations’ by Brian Friel.

and the Anthology of Non-Fiction texts.

 

Summer Term:

  1. ‘Translations’ – Following a short introduction to context and themes, you will study the play focusing on the use of language to communicate the author’s ideas and intentions. You will also consider the context around the setting of the play and how this influences choices made by Friel.
  2. Anthology of Non-Fiction texts – We will be continue to study the anthology of different genres. Emphasis this term will be upon exploring the context of production and comparisons between texts.

 

Useful Websites:

 

You will continue to develop your knowledge of English Grammar, so use this website as a revision tool:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-a-z

There are a range of websites with study guides for the play, ‘Translations’:

http://www.enotes.com/topics/translations

A very simple guide to understanding the context of a piece of writing can be found here at BBC Bitesize:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z8kyg82/revision/1

 

OneNote: Practise exam materials will be accessible to students.

 

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.