English Literature: Paper One Overview

Some last minute information about the English Literature exam tomorrow:

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Some information about the assessment objectives:

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Suggested activities to revise:

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Literature Mark Schemes

Your first literature exam is tomorrow, why not take a look at the mark schemes for the exam to see what you need to do?

The Crucible/An Inspector Calls:

Crucible-Inspector Mark Scheme

Of Mice and Men:

omam mark scheme

Don’t forget that you are also awarded for the quality of your written communication, so remember to keep writing accurate and coherent. There are 4 extra marks available:

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Last Minute Exam Tips: Literature

The first literature exam is tomorrow, to make sure that you know what you are doing, take a look at this quick guide to the exam:

  1. Find the pages related to the texts that you are studying – The Crucible first, then Of Mice and Men.
  2. Remember that you choose ONE question for The Crucible and answer BOTH parts for Of Mice and Men.
  3. Spend 45 minutes on each section – both texts are worth 30 marks each.
  4. Underline key words in the questions and make plans!
  5. Focus on what the assessment objectives are after – for The Crucible you should use quotes, analyse language, structure, themes, author’s intentions and effects on audience. For Of Mice and Men, you do the same, but also social context (in part B).
  6. Ensure that your writing is logical and developed, organised and uses well selected, embedded quotations.
  7.  Avoid re-telling the story, focus on what the authors have done (methods, language, techniques), Analyse and evaluate for top marks!

skills ladder

Here are some methods that each writer uses:

Writer's methods literature

To Revise, you should be clear about what each method is and where it can be seen in the text. You could then build and develop ideas. Here are examples of symbolism in each text – can you find quotations and explore further?

symbolism in literature

Revising for the Literature Exam

It’s Saturday night, The Voice and The Champions League final are on TV, you have an exam on Tuesday. It’s time to make a choice – to revise or not to revise – you know what I’d suggest!

Here are some things that you need to know for the exam – decide how you want to revise them. You could create posters, flow charts, cue cards, pictures, videos, raps…

Of Mice and Men

  • What chapter/pages do the main events take place: The dream; Candy’s dog getting shot;  Curley and Lennie’s fight; the ‘weak ones’ left behind; Lennie kills Curley’s wife; George shoots Lennie. Can you find a few major quotations for each event? Can you link the action to context? Can you spot the literary techniques that Steinbeck uses?
  • The Characters: What are they all like? Key quotations? Symbolism (ie. animal imagery to compare, significance of colour, link to context)
  • The Context: What does the book tell us about 1930s lifestyle in America? Key words: The Wall Street Crash, The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, Migrant Workers, Segregation, Sexism.

The Crucible

  • What chapter/pages do the main events take place: Abigail’s accusations, Hale’s arrival, Abigail and Proctor’s ‘encounter’, The Proctor’s home, Elizabeth arrested, The witch trial and courtroom scene, Proctor’s death. Can you find a few major quotations for each event? Can you link the action to context? Can you spot the literary techniques that Miller uses?
  • The Characters: What are they all like? Key quotations? Symbolism (ie. religion, truth and justice, link to context)
  • The Context: What does the book tell us about 1600s and 1950s America? Key words: McCarthyism, Communism, The Death Penalty, Puritans, Persecution, Religion.

If any of you make something using your computer, you can upload it onto Fronter in a folder called ‘Lit Paper 1 Revision’. I can then upload it here!

You should also use this blog to look at the hard work you’ve done in class over the past few weeks.

Check out these websites too:

Bitesize – The Crucible: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramacrucible/

Bitessize – Of Mice and Men: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/prosemicemen/

Sparknotes – The Crucible: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/crucible/

Sparknotes – Of Mice and Men: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/micemen

We also have plenty of past papers, mark schemes, assessment objectives and resources on our Fronter page.

If you have any questions, comments or queries, then write a comment on one of the pages of this blog. I, or somebody else, can tackle your problems with you!

Happy Revising,

Miss Ryan