English Literature - Year 12 and 13
English Literature A level - OCR - specification code H472
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The English Literature course aims to encourage learners to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature. Students will engage critically and creatively with a substantial and exciting body of texts which includes plays, poetry and prose by influential writers such as William Shakespeare, George Orwell and Carol Ann Duffy. Students are required to study a minimum of eight texts on this course so a passion for reading is a must! Learners will develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing and explore the contexts of the texts they are reading in order to better understand the intentions of the authors. As well as studying texts for exams, students will have the opportunity to produce their own creative or analytical coursework based on texts of their choice.
Component 1: Shakespeare & Drama and poetry pre-1900 (Exam)
Component 2: Close reading in chosen topic area & Comparative and contextual study (Exam)
Component 3: Critical/recreative writing piece with commentary & Comparative essay (C/W)
Year 12 English Literature
This term, lucky students will begin the study of one of the greatest works of literature ever written: 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare. We will begin by reading around the topic, looking at the genre of the revenge tragedy in particular.
The study of the text will culminate in an essay question on a key theme or character which will mirror their end of Year 12 exam. At the end of the term, students will return to the study of Rossetti poetry in order to be prepared for this exam too. On the other side of the course, students will begin looking at Dystopian literature and do a close analysis of 1984 by George Orwell.
7 - 15 January 2019 - Mock exam period
23 April - 1 May - Mock exam period
Year 13 Literature
Students have a lot to cover this term: primarily they have to complete their comparative coursework.
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.
Exam dates (provisional)
Drama and Poetry pre-1900 - 2 hours 30 minutes - 23 May 2019
Comparative and Contextual Study - 2 hours 30 minutes - 3 June 2019