‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ – Mark Haddon
‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’ – Mildred Taylor
Students study a novel in some depth exploring themes, plot development, character and authorial techniques. They carry out numerous tasks based on this novel, including discussion, independent research, comprehension tasks and various types of writing for different audiences.
‘Frankenstein’ – (play-script) Phillip Pullman
Students explore the ‘Horror Genre of Literature’, again engaging in independent research and studying a variety of short stories, this time working in small groups. They go on to study a play script based on Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, and read extracts from the novel, too.
Students study a Shakespeare play and explore its themes, plot development and characters, whilst also considering the play in performance. Formal assessment, completed in controlled conditions, involves in-depth analysis of selected scenes of the play.
POETRY OF PROTEST
Students study various poems on the theme of the ‘Poetry of Protest’, which appear in a specially prepared booklet containing poems written by poets from various cultures and written in different time periods, from the early twentieth century (for example, a poem by Wilfred Owen) until more recent times. After completing a detailed analysis of a poem in a small group, as well as engaging in various other activities, students go on to study the Language of Persuasion in greater detail, exploring speeches by such famous figures as Martin Luther King and also studying literary examples of speech-making, demonstrated in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’. Thereafter, they use the persuasive techniques which they have learned, in a speech of their own.
20th CENTURY LITERATURE
‘Of Mice and Men’ – John Steinbeck
Now no longer a GCSE set text students get the wonderful opportunity to study this piece of American literature. They explore how key social and historical factors influenced greatly the context of the novel in terms of plot, themes and characterisation.