Year 12 Literature –
To be or not to be.
Is that even a question?



Course Description - Literature

Unit 3
This unit focuses on the ways writers construct their work and how meaning is created for and by the reader. Students consider how the form of text (such as poetry, prose, drama, non-print or combinations of these) affects meaning and generates different expectations in readers, the ways texts represent views and values and comment on human experience, and the social, historical and cultural contexts of literary works.
Outcome 1
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse how meaning changes when the form of a text changes.


Task at Braybrook: Comparison between Emma and Clueless

Outcome 2
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate the views and values of a text in terms of the ideas, social conventions and beliefs that the text appears to endorse, challenge or leave unquestioned.
Task at Braybrook: Essay on Emma

Outcome 3
On completion of this unit the student should be able to evaluate views of a text and make comparisons with their own interpretation.
Task at Braybrook: Discussion of the film Persepolis
Unit 4
This unit focuses on students’ creative and critical responses to texts. Students consider the context of their responses to texts as well as the concerns, the style of the language and the point of view in their re-created or adapted work.
In their responses, students develop an interpretation of a text and learn to synthesise the insights gained by their engagement with various aspects of a text into a cogent, substantiated response.
Outcome 1
On completion of this unit the student should be able to respond imaginatively to a text, and comment on the connections between the text and the response.
Task at Braybrook: Response to Oranges

Outcome 2
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse critically features of a text, relating them to an interpretation of the text as a whole.
Task at Braybrook: Close Analysis of Hamlet and Harwood Poetry

Assessment
Satisfactory Completion
Demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit.

Units 3 and 4
•Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 25 per cent (each outcome is worth the same)
•Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 25 per cent (each outcome is worth the same)
•End-of-year examination: 50 per cent
End of Year Exam – 2 hours and 15 minutes
The end of year exam goes for two hours (PLUS 15 minutes reading time). You are expected to make a close analysis of TWO of the texts you have studied during the year, using the skills, ideas and knowledge you have gained throughout the year.

Literature ‘MUST haves’
  • Hamlet – Shakespeare
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  • Literature for Senior Students – Beardwood et. al.
  • Literature FOLDER (yes, just like your English folders), with dividers and plastic pockets
  • A GOOD dictionary which you MUST bring to EVERY class


Other Texts (to be provided in class)
  • Poetry texts
  • Various film texts