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English Literature

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  1. English Literature

  2. 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.

  3. How does literature work? • Literature can help you to understand • The past • Other cultures • Other classes • Yourself

  4. Literature helps you to • Analyse cause and effects • Evaluate social change and values

  5. We become more alert to the world around us.

  6. 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

  7. What kinds of jobs are there? • Teaching • Public relations • Publishing • Journalism/media • Even other careers which apparently bear no relation to English Literature

  8. The IGCSE English Literature programme for Years 10 and 11 will cover five terms.

  9. Texts you will be reading: • Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting • Selected Poems set by Cambridge • Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar • Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Using quotes effectively • Answering essay questions relevantly • And … more revision!

  17. Welcome to the Literature Class Mrs Chong