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  1. Higher English

  2. Course Outline • Two units – assessed by NABs • Language unit – assessed by Close Reading NAB • Literature – assessed by Textual Analysis NAB and critical essays produced in class. • One folio – two pieces • Creative / personal • Discursive

  3. Unit 1: Language In this unit you will be developing your skills in close reading. Your NAB will take place under exam conditions in class time – usually on a Monday.

  4. Close Reading • Close Reading is like the Credit Reading paper, but much harder! • There will be two non-fiction passages and questions worth 50 marks. • You will be tested on: understanding, analysis andevaluation.

  5. Unit 2: Literature • Literature is a large part of the course and you must be prepared to read, study and write about it. • You will study various literary texts: poetry, play, novel, short story, film. • You will learn to write critical essays. • You will sit a textual analysis NAB.

  6. Critical Essays • Critical Essays are quite like the reading pieces that you did for your folio, but again, on a much higher level. • Your teacher will teach you how to write these, but eventually you will have to plan, structure and write essays that demonstrate: relevance, understanding, analysis, evaluation and expression.

  7. Textual Analysis • Textual Analysis involves answering written questions about a piece of literature that you have not seen before. • You will have to demonstrate understanding, analysis and evaluation. • You will sit a NAB that you must pass.

  8. Folio This is a fairly new aspect to the course, so if you have older brothers or sisters for example that have done higher they won’t have done this. The folio is just like your standard grade folio except this one ONLY assesses writing. It gets sent to the SQA for grading. It makes up 20% of your final grade.

  9. You will produce at least two pieces of writing over the year. One must be either personal or creative. The other must be discursive (e.g. a report, an argumentative essay or a persuasive essay),

  10. Exams • The Higher Exam is divided into two papers. • Paper 1: close reading: is one and a half hours long and worth 50 marks. • Paper 2: critical essay: is one and a half hours long, you have to write twocritical essays, and is worth 50 marks.

  11. So, what are we doing this year? • June – summer hols: Start work on discursive writing; introduce Textual Analysis and Close Reading skills. • Aug – October break: study a play (‘Romeo and Juliet’) and write at least one critical essay; Close Reading skills. • Oct break – Christmas: Close Reading NAB; (study of film); critical essay skills; start creative/personal writing.

  12. New Year – Feb Break: Prelim preparation; textual analysis practice; study of poetry; • Feb Break – Easter: Novel study (‘The Great Gatsby’); Textual Analysis NAB. • Easter – Exam Leave: Exam preparation and revision.

  13. What is expected of you? • You are expected to be responsible for your own learning. • That means YOU are responsible for looking after your work. You will be issued with a jotter but if you wish to, you can buy a folder and I will supply paper. This will allow you to organise your notes far more effectively. • Read as much as you can to develop your skills of interpretation.

  14. What is expected of you? • Take the course seriously. No one can coast their way through Higher. It takes a great deal of dedication. • Attend. Absences make it very difficult to catch up. Little exception will be made for poor attendance. • Complete all course work and homework by the deadlines.

  15. Who are you??? I have met and taught some of you before but others I don’t know at all so, spend a few minutes jotting down some answers to the following questions: • Who are you? Tell me a little about yourself. • How did you find English last year? • What do you hope to get out of Higher?

  16. Any questions for me???