Course leader: Mr M Harris,
Examination Board: AQA


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How parents and carers can best support their child

How parents and carers can best support their child in English Literature

A sound knowledge of the set texts is essential for success in English Literature GCSE.  We have studied the Power and Conflict poems in the AQA poetry anthology, J B Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Students should have their copies at home with them, but both are possible to access in online versions.  Parents should encourage their children to re-read the set texts and create flashcards on key quotes, themes and areas of context. 

The following texts are available on Amazon to support your child in his/her studies as well as guides for the other key texts:


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Revision Activity 

Skill Developed

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Create timelines for each key text. These should show, ideally in different colours:

Key events in chronological order

Contextual links and related quotes

Knowledge of text, knowledge of context 

AO1, AO3

Practice planning responses to past paper questions, where you show all of your thinking for each main body paragraph, including contextual links, quotations and relevant technical terminology.

Critical essay writing

AO1, AO2, AO3

Memorise at least three key quotes for each poem and each key character in each text. Make flash cards for these and practice ‘exploding’ quotes.

Knowledge of text

AO1, AO2

Watch the different adaptations of and commentaries about our key texts.

Knowledge of text, knowledge of context

AO1, AO3

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Useful online and physical resources: Mr Bruff (Youtube); Mrs Whelan’s English (Youtube); staceyreay (Instagram); Educake; CGP revision guides; Snap Macbeth, FlipsCo Flashcards.

Knowledge checking, learning

AO1, AO2, AO3