Next year, Year 12 begin the first straight-through teaching of English Literature at A level. The unnecessary hiatus of AS has been lifted and we may have a bit more time to explore the subject.
My intention is to try to engage with ‘Literature’ per se and to lose the sense of set-book-focus which I feel has made A level hitherto so much the poor relation of IBDP studies. Our students are not in the Upper Sixth as an end in itself – they are preparing for University. Some will opt to study Literature – let’s prepare them.
Anyway, here is the first version of my ‘welcome to Literature’ lessons. The project will be filled out but the outline is here. I welcome comment and am grateful for the stimulus provided by Andrew Green of Brunel University, who pointed me to Daniel Pannac.
One of the joys of working in such a strong department as I do is finding evidence of the work left behind. This is Miss Boyle’s classroom wall this morning. I attach a PDF copy for closer scrutiny. Thank you.
After the brilliant blog post by James Theobald here, I am sharing my Knowledge organisers as I make them… I will not share his – follow the link for many, many more, and I will add mine to his collection.
I thought I would collect a few essays written this term about Jerusalem by my Lower 6th Boys. I believe these to contain some excellent material, perhaps not in the form of model essays for examination, but in the form of written work to promote discussion and to provide material for discussion.
Please use them and share them to a wider audience. I have not edited them and have not included the “marked” versions quite deliberately. This is the work of 16 and 17 Year olds and I believe it stands on its own regard without excuses.