What’s in it for you? The more you learn how literature works, the more open you will be to the effects it can have.
How does literature work? • Literature can help you to understand • The past • Other cultures • Other classes • Yourself
Literature helps you to • Analyse cause and effects • Evaluate social change and values
Career Relevance • Employers in all fields put a high value on anyone who can • Construct a clearly expressed argument • Present ideas concisely, logically and clearly • Make a critical analysis of a piece of writing • Deal competently with a large amount of complex information • Show initiative in conducting independent research
What kinds of jobs are there? • Teaching • Public relations • Publishing • Journalism/media • Even other careers which apparently bear no relation to English Literature
The IGCSE English Literature programme for Years 10 and 11 will cover five terms.
Texts you will be reading: • Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting • Selected Poems set by Cambridge • Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar • Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey
Fasting, Feasting • This text will be studied in Term One. • We will examine • The setting of the novel • Themes, symbols and motifs • The plot • Characters and the roles they play • Literary devices and effects • Style and language
Poetry Anthology We will study 14 poems from the prescribed anthology Songs of Ourselves in Term Two. You will learn to appreciate: • The theme/s • Poetic devices • Structure • Tone/Style
More importantly • You will examine the effects of the language used; • Explore implications and develop a personal and sensitive response; and • Understand a poem in its social/historical context.
Julius Caesar • This text will be studied in Term Three. • We will examine • The Roman form of government • The plot • Themes, symbols and motifs • Characters and the roles they play • Language used and the importance of foreshadowing
Northanger Abbey This text will be studied in Term Four. We will examine: • Themes • Setting • Characters and the role they play • Plot • Motifs and symbols • Style and language used
Term Five • During this term we will focus on • Revision • Essay writing techniques • Writing different types of essays • The general essay • The passage-based essay • The empathic essay
Using quotes effectively • Answering essay questions relevantly • And … more revision!
Welcome to the Literature Class Mrs Chong