13 English Shakespeare

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs A. Vaughan

Recommended Prior Learning

Completion of the Year 12 English course with at least 12 Level 2 credits, or with approval of the LAD (Ms McKenzie-Downey)

In this course, students will read/view and critically respond to a wide range of literature, including Shakespeare, a film and a novel. Short and unfamiliar texts will supplement the programme and be used to help students refine their inference and close reading skills. The course will also include a writing portfolio and a literature research assessment where students access critical readings. They will progress further in their journey to becoming discerning readers and competent, confident users of language.

Please note: while this course is named after the great William Shakespeare, only one term is centred around the study of his work, and students can use either Shakespeare or their other written texts for their internal and external assessments. 

Course Overview

Term 1
Students will:
explore the characteristics of creative non fiction writing and draft a piece of their own;
complete the study of a novel;
draft a literary essay on the novel.

Term 2
Students will:
practise critical response to unfamiliar texts;
refine and edit their writing pieces for assessment;
study a Shakespearean play;
be introduced to critical and academic literature.

Term 3
Students will:
finalise their critical research assessment;
study a film;
prepare for and sit practice examinations.

Term 4
Students will:
revise prior learning and prepare for external assessments.

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Assessment Policy & Procedures