In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen defined the novel as a “work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed” and “the most thorough knowledge of human nature,” is explored using the “liveliest effusions of wit and humour conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.” At Woodford, GCSE English Literature aims to develop a well- informed understanding of literature as well as to inspire enjoyment in reading and use of the imagination.
Shakespeare and post- 1914 19th Century novel and poetry
Literature since 1789
Unit 1 is assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute examination. (50% of marks)
Students will study a play by Shakespeare and a post-1914 play or novel selected by their teacher from the set text list. In each unit, students will develop their ability to analyse how the language, structure, form and context of the texts influence meaning and to write an informed, critical and personal response.
|Students will study a thematically linked selection of poetry from the Pearson Poetry Anthology and a 19th Century novel selected by their teacher from the set list. In Unit 2, in addition to the skills described in Unit 1, girls will develop their ability to compare poems.
Although the examination courses do not start officially until next September, your daughter has been progressing steadily towards GCSE success in English for some considerable time. The specification that we follow at Woodford is a natural extension of the work undertaken in Years 7 - 9 and builds on the experience and skills your daughter has already acquired.