Year 11 English Literature Bridging Work
“English Literature is a great subject, especially for those who enjoy reading and debating ideas of social and political protest. I have really enjoyed studying the texts for Year 12 as the themes and topics covered are very thought provoking and allow room for good debates in the classroom. If I could do anything differently about Year 12 I would begin reading the texts earlier – that way I could finish them earlier and have a more well-rounded knowledge before studying them.” (Amelia)
“I am pleased I chose English Literature as one of my A Levels as it has introduced me to a wider range of texts and genres. It has also taught me to appreciate literature in a different way than before. My favourite part of the course so far has been studying ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. I really enjoyed reading and discussing this book with the class and I think it has some interesting and relevant themes. If I could have done anything differently, I would have read all the texts for the course earlier so that I could already have an understanding of them before we studied them in class.” (Millie)
Your bridging work below links to each of the exam papers that you will sit for English Literature. Read the Introduction to English Literature A Level then complete the bridging work.
PAPER 1, SECTIONS A and B
- Read or watch Othello by Shakespeare. (Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare, ISBN: 9780435193058 from Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare.) The RSC are showing Shakespeare plays through the BBC, including Othello. There are also some clips of previous Othello actors discussing the plays.
- Write a summary of Act One of the play.
PAPER 1, SECTION C
Death of a Salesman
- Research the American Dream.
- Watch the film version of the play on YouTube.
- Optional: read the play (Penguin Modern Classics, ISBN: 9780141182742).
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
- Read Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (BBC Books, ISBN: 9781846075995).
- Write a summary of ‘Phase the First: The Maiden’.
PAPER 2, SECTION A
This mirrors the unseen element of the exam. Read the two extracts below from Animal Farm and A Doll’s House and then highlight relevant sections to answer these questions:
- Who holds the power in this extract?
- How do you know?
- What language indicates the powerful and the powerless?
- The specific nature of the power struggle – the behaviours of those with power and those without.
- What is the connection between the smaller world in this extract (the microcosm of literature) and the larger world (our society)?
PAPER 2, SECTION C
The Handmaid’s Tale
- Read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. (Vintage, ISBN: 9780099740919).
- Write summary notes on Chapters 1-12.
- Using the Knowledge Organiser for The Handmaid’s Tale, create two mind maps on two key areas.