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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 English
Term 1 and 2Component 2 - Comparative Prose   
Study of ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseni for Component 2 of the A Level. It is being compared to ‘Tess of the D'Urbervilles' by Thomas Hardy, which is studied in Terms 3 and 4. Students will be able to write cohesive evaluations of the methods used by the two writers to present their ideas, make focused connections between the two texts and explore the significance of the contexts of production and reception.
Assessment: At least one essay will be completed each fortnight. At times, these will be planned as a class, then written at home; at other times, these will be completed in examination conditions during Directed Learning. Additionally, students will sit a formal paper during assessment week in October so that initial progress can be measured (this will focus on the first part of the novel) and another during their January exams (this will focus on the whole of the novel). A full paper about both texts will be sat during Year 12 exam week.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1 and 4Component 3 - Contemporary Poetry - The Forward Book of Poetry   
Students will study 18 poems from the Forward Book of Poetry. Students will be asked to read the poems before the lesson in Term 1 and complete some tasks based on key ideas. Lessons will be dedicated to development of these ideas, looking for alternatives to initial interpretations and solidifying ideas in annotations of the poems. Students will start to approach the poems as unseen in preparation for their final exams. Students need to learn how to write about poems at A Level Literature standard under timed conditions. Teachers will be trained in appropriate essay style and using correct terminology. The focus of study will be on analysing writer's methods, considering language, structure and form. A comprehensive and critical evaluation of the poems are needed. Comparison of poems will also be explore by theme. Additional unseen poems will be included in the SOW and students will explore how studied poems can be compared to these. Focused feedback on essays will inform future writing.
Assessment: Essay analysing one studied poem in detail. Exam in January - Comparing two studied poems based on a theme - 1 hour 15 minutes. Term 4 - One comparison essay - unseen and studied poem - 1 hour 15 minutes Essays set to practice all of the above throughout the scheme.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2 and 3Component 1 - Drama - Streetcar Named Desire   
Students will study Tennessee Williams' exciting and iconic play 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Students will be guided through reading the play by the teacher setting sections to read at home and in lessons. Contextual elements of Williams' life and New Orleans in the 1940s will play a focal role in understanding the complex characters of the play. At the heart of all study are Williams' methods and the themes that drive the plot. Additional works from Williams and prompts from critical responses will also inform teaching. Students will work independently and in small group situations to develop a range of ideas and interpretations.
Assessment: Essay on theme considering the play as studied so far - 45 minutes Term 3 - Essay on the whole text based on a key theme - 45 minutes Essays set on analysis and focused on methods and ideas throughout the scheme. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 and 6Term 5 and 6 Component 4 - Non-Examination Unit - The Picture of Dorian Gray   
Pupils will read and study the novel by Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Gray" to support the coursework element of the course. Pupils will become absorbed in the 19th century novel will explores key themes such as: the supernatural, aestheticism and deception. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty; he believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for the new mood in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic world view: that beauty and sensual fulfillment are the only things worth pursuing in life. Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied amoral experiences while staying young and beautiful; all the while, his portrait ages and records every sin.[6]
Assessment: Non-examination unit - 20% of the overall A Level qualification. Draft deadline in November of year 13 Final deadline in January of year 13Key Words and Terms
 

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