English - Year 13
Autumn term 2017
Year 13 Literature
Students are working on coursework on both sides of the course. The large comparative coursework is a 3000 word piece comparing Carol Ann Duffy poems to 'The God of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy – looking at themes of motherhood and love. The other piece is a close analysis of a key scene from 'A Streetcare Named Desire'. Both pieces together are worth 20% of their A2 grade.
Year 13 Language
On both sides of the course, students will be completing their Crafting Language coursework, worth 20% of their final grade. This is a 3000 word piece in total, comprising of two articles and an accompanying commentary. The students will work hard to undergo a drafting process and be analytical of their own writing and the writing process. This is a creative process that students enjoy. Once coursework is completed students will revise Child Language and Identity and Context ready for their A2 Christmas mock exams.
Spring term 2018
Year 13 Literature
Students have a lot to cover this term: primarily they have to complete their comparative coursework, handing in their final piece by February half term.
Meanwhile in class, they will begin studying the Renaissance classic ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ by John Webster. As a complement to this text, there will be a theatre trip to London in March to see Webster’s other masterpiece: 'The White Devil'.
Students will have to return to their revision notes to go over 'Hamlet' and Rossetti and should be busy learning their key quotes at home for these texts. On the other side of the course, student are studying Ray Bradbury' 'Fahrenheit 451' and 'The Handmaid’s Tale' by Margaret Atwood to broaden their knowledge of Dystopian fiction.
Year 13 English Language
Students will begin studying how the English language has changed from c1550 to the present day, identifying the features of Early Modern English and the factors influencing language change. The Language Variation component, which covers both language change and how individuals present a social and cultural identity, will be assessed at the end of the course and forms 35 per cent of the qualification.
On the other side of the course, students will continue their investigation into gender identity, focusing on the pre-release topic of how language is used to represent gender in children’s advertising. The Investigating Language component forms 25 per cent of the qualification.