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    wow, and I thought my list of extracts and texts for wider reading was extensive! ha

    The past two papers were really different I found - June 2010 was Angela Carter's The magic Toyshop and Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey for Q1, followed by Marvell's The Definition of love and Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost in Q2 and it was a fairly difficult paper when we did a timed mock in class as a lot of people struggled with Marvell. Having said that apparently a lot of students complained about the length of the extract but it's a good paper to test you!

    you can find it here but Carter's extract is missing due to copyright so you may have to search elsewhere (:

    Jan 2011 - Q1 Larkin's Wild Oats and Lovelace's The Scrutiny followed by Q2 Edith Wharton's Age of innocence compared to Anthony and Cleopatra.
    So if a trend is emerging then perhaps Q1 will be two drama extracts?

    oh and a note on the AQA website for 2011:

    "Across the whole paper, a minimum of three wider reading references must be covered. There should be at least one wider reading reference to each of the genres of poetry, prose and drama. We expect candidates to pay close attention to the unseen items and anticipate that 60-70% of each answer will be devoted to the unseen items, with the remainder on wider reading. Often the best answers are those which develop detailed references to a few, well-chosen wider reading texts, rather than those which reference many texts in an undeveloped or superficial manner."

    so there we go aha. Oh and if anybody would like a copy of either of these papers I can scan them in for you and I also have a copy of a student answer from last June from AQA themselves which scored an A-

    Don't panic people! X
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    (Original post by popsiclee67)
    wow, and I thought my list of extracts and texts for wider reading was extensive! ha

    The past two papers were really different I found - June 2010 was Angela Carter's The magic Toyshop and Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey for Q1, followed by Marvell's The Definition of love and Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost in Q2 and it was a fairly difficult paper when we did a timed mock in class as a lot of people struggled with Marvell. Having said that apparently a lot of students complained about the length of the extract but it's a good paper to test you!

    you can find it here but Carter's extract is missing due to copyright so you may have to search elsewhere (:

    Jan 2011 - Q1 Larkin's Wild Oats and Lovelace's The Scrutiny followed by Q2 Edith Wharton's Age of innocence compared to Anthony and Cleopatra.
    So if a trend is emerging then perhaps Q1 will be two drama extracts?

    oh and a note on the AQA website for 2011:

    "Across the whole paper, a minimum of three wider reading references must be covered. There should be at least one wider reading reference to each of the genres of poetry, prose and drama. We expect candidates to pay close attention to the unseen items and anticipate that 60-70% of each answer will be devoted to the unseen items, with the remainder on wider reading. Often the best answers are those which develop detailed references to a few, well-chosen wider reading texts, rather than those which reference many texts in an undeveloped or superficial manner."

    so there we go aha. Oh and if anybody would like a copy of either of these papers I can scan them in for you and I also have a copy of a student answer from last June from AQA themselves which scored an A-

    Don't panic people! X
    I'd be really grateful for a copy of the student answer if possible!
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    (Original post by katielou1993)
    This is what i've been struggling to decide on. I've now done it in theme so I've chosen themes such as 'true love' and then 'unrequited love' etc. I've noted down how different texts use structure/form/language to illustrate the differing types of love. For example for Jane Eyre i've put down that the tone in Thornfield is a mixture between the pacy and restrained, which is used to show Janes pulse quickening as she is falling in love with her master, as well as the fact shes torn between passion and self-control.


    how would you go about comparing drama texts?
    So sorry - i didn't mean to give you a negative rating my computer froze and so when i clicked.. it clicked on that. Woops. I'm afraid i can't seem to undo it either.

    Anyway! yes, that's what i've decided to do now.. put them all into themes, although i've got loads and loads of wider reading now, and my tutor and teachers and other people have said that you don't need that many? how many have you got?

    with drama texts.. I would probably talk about the genre, so whether its naturalistic (Pinter) , specialist (Shakespeare) etc.
    the structure of the play - so many about the dialogue between characters - analyse that?
    Dialect and diction?
    I don't really know, if I'm honest - drama isn't the easiest and I bet that's what will come up because it hasn't before.
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    Hey everyone,I just wanted to ask,how is everyone revising? Are past papers the way forward? English Lit is my favorite subject but also my most challenging subject. I recently bought a little notebook which I write down summaries of my main wider reading texts (Themes,characters,quotes etc). Over the year in class we have gone through over 50 wider reading texts (only extracts from most novels and plays though),but in my notebook I only have about 20 texts (the ones which I know best ),and I am lacking on Drama. Has anyone got any resources? It would also be really useful as well if anyone could provide example essays
    Any other tips would be great
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    (Original post by shygirl135)
    Random question...do you think we can use Twilight for a prose text? :P
    I seriously doubt it unfortunately :rolleyes:


    For anyone else who's interested, I'll scan in and post a couple of essays that were graded in a Band 4 by my teacher in a bit.
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    (Original post by JaiiStarh)
    Hey everyone,I just wanted to ask,how is everyone revising? Are past papers the way forward? English Lit is my favorite subject but also my most challenging subject. I recently bought a little notebook which I write down summaries of my main wider reading texts (Themes,characters,quotes etc). Over the year in class we have gone through over 50 wider reading texts (only extracts from most novels and plays though),but in my notebook I only have about 20 texts (the ones which I know best ),and I am lacking on Drama. Has anyone got any resources? It would also be really useful as well if anyone could provide example essays
    Any other tips would be great
    I find that past papers are useful, yeah. They get you used to the time restraints so you're less stressed in the exam. They're also just really helpful to get practise with analysing unseen texts. It may be that you do know one or two of the texts they put in, but its quite unlikely, so i found doing mocks helps with that.

    To be honest, I think you will probably need to stock up on drama texts because drama has never come up before in Question 1, so its QUITE likely that it will. Not saying that it definetly will of course because AQA pride themselves on being 'unpredictable'.
    I have three books that I'm using at the moment, plus the AQA endorsed one and they are SO helpful with loads of extracts (poetry, prose and drama) and explanations and in two of them analysis.
    If you think you have time they are :

    The Truth About Love (a collection of writing on love through the ages) --Black and white cover
    Oxford Student Texts - Love Through The Ages (orange cover)
    and The Literature of Love - Mary Ward (blue cover) -- this one is really good for historical context - so courtly love, Plato, Metamorphoses, Symposium, Chaucer etc. which i'm sure is always good to know to show off to the examiner
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    (Original post by JaiiStarh)
    Hey everyone,I just wanted to ask,how is everyone revising? Are past papers the way forward? English Lit is my favorite subject but also my most challenging subject. I recently bought a little notebook which I write down summaries of my main wider reading texts (Themes,characters,quotes etc). Over the year in class we have gone through over 50 wider reading texts (only extracts from most novels and plays though),but in my notebook I only have about 20 texts (the ones which I know best ),and I am lacking on Drama. Has anyone got any resources? It would also be really useful as well if anyone could provide example essays
    Any other tips would be great
    Also! If you don't want to buy the books, here's just a few of the drama texts i've put down:

    lots of shakespeare - so tragedy (Othello), comedy (Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream) - this can be related to all types of love.
    For example, Othello - married love, forbidden love (?maybe?), familial love (Desdemona and Brabantio's relationship after she marries Othello), tragic love, betrayal, loss and celebration (at the beginning anyway), love and madness
    Troilus and Cressida - Shakespeare

    The Duchess of Malfi (forbidden love) - John Webster
    Tis Pity She's A Whore (forbidden love) - John Ford
    The Way of the World - William Congreve (restoration comedy)
    A Woman Killed with Kindness - Thomas Heywood
    A Woman of No Importance - Oscar Wilde

    A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
    Tennessee Williams' plays - especially, The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (married love) - Edward Albee
    Beauty Queen of Leenane (familial love) Martin McDonagh
    Angels in America (Tony Kushner)
    Betrayal - Harold Pinter

    That is quite a lot there.. you probably don't need to know all of them.. but with your own (I'm sure some of them are the same) just organise them into categories and you should be fine (:
    Hope I've been of some help
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    please could someone send me a example answer at band 4 please? I can't find any anywhere!! thank you!
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    I seriously doubt it unfortunately :rolleyes:


    For anyone else who's interested, I'll scan in and post a couple of essays that were graded in a Band 4 by my teacher in a bit.
    Please do! That would be so helpful (:
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    (Original post by JaiiStarh)
    Hey everyone,I just wanted to ask,how is everyone revising? Are past papers the way forward? English Lit is my favorite subject but also my most challenging subject. I recently bought a little notebook which I write down summaries of my main wider reading texts (Themes,characters,quotes etc). Over the year in class we have gone through over 50 wider reading texts (only extracts from most novels and plays though),but in my notebook I only have about 20 texts (the ones which I know best ),and I am lacking on Drama. Has anyone got any resources? It would also be really useful as well if anyone could provide example essays
    Any other tips would be great
    The Rover by Aphra Behn is great. Lots of whoring and drinking and stabbings, kinda like the East End on a Friday night :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by JaiiStarh)
    Hey everyone,I just wanted to ask,how is everyone revising? Are past papers the way forward? English Lit is my favorite subject but also my most challenging subject. I recently bought a little notebook which I write down summaries of my main wider reading texts (Themes,characters,quotes etc). Over the year in class we have gone through over 50 wider reading texts (only extracts from most novels and plays though),but in my notebook I only have about 20 texts (the ones which I know best ),and I am lacking on Drama. Has anyone got any resources? It would also be really useful as well if anyone could provide example essays
    Any other tips would be great

    Is it A2 English lit tomorow???/
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    AQA A2 English Lit spec A (Love Through The Ages) isn't til' the 16th June...
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    (Original post by sazzelrazzel)
    Is it A2 English lit tomorow???/
    Noooo,the 16th....as far as I know :shiftyrun:

    (Original post by lolly21)
    To be honest, I think you will probably need to stock up on drama texts because drama has never come up before in Question 1, so its QUITE likely that it will. Not saying that it definetly will of course because AQA pride themselves on being 'unpredictable'.
    I have three books that I'm using at the moment, plus the AQA endorsed one and they are SO helpful with loads of extracts (poetry, prose and drama) and explanations and in two of them analysis.
    If you think you have time they are :

    The Truth About Love (a collection of writing on love through the ages) --Black and white cover
    Oxford Student Texts - Love Through The Ages (orange cover)
    and The Literature of Love - Mary Ward (blue cover) -- this one is really good for historical context - so courtly love, Plato, Metamorphoses, Symposium, Chaucer etc. which i'm sure is always good to know to show off to the examiner


    Thankyou for your two posts They were really helpful,I doubt I will go out and buy any revison books at this stage but I willd defintiely pop into the library and see if they have any of the ones you listed. I'll also do some research into the Dramas you listed even though I'll probably cheat by reading the sypnopsis and then do some more research into key themes and characters.
    Yes my teacher keeps saying that she reckons Drama is going to come up,I really hope it doesn't though!

    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    The Rover by Aphra Behn is great. Lots of whoring and drinking and stabbings, kinda like the East End on a Friday night :rolleyes:
    Ohhh sounds like my kind of thing Thankyou!
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    (Original post by sazzelrazzel)
    Is it A2 English lit tomorow???/
    Calm down! It's definitely on the 16th!
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    I seriously doubt it unfortunately :rolleyes:


    For anyone else who's interested, I'll scan in and post a couple of essays that were graded in a Band 4 by my teacher in a bit.

    yes please!!!!! this would be so so so helpful!!!
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    (Original post by lolly21)
    So sorry - i didn't mean to give you a negative rating my computer froze and so when i clicked.. it clicked on that. Woops. I'm afraid i can't seem to undo it either.

    Anyway! yes, that's what i've decided to do now.. put them all into themes, although i've got loads and loads of wider reading now, and my tutor and teachers and other people have said that you don't need that many? how many have you got?

    with drama texts.. I would probably talk about the genre, so whether its naturalistic (Pinter) , specialist (Shakespeare) etc.
    the structure of the play - so many about the dialogue between characters - analyse that?
    Dialect and diction?
    I don't really know, if I'm honest - drama isn't the easiest and I bet that's what will come up because it hasn't before.
    Haha don't worry about it. Well i've got around 4 prose - wuthering heights - pride and prejudice - jane eyre - bloody chamber and 5 plays - streetcar - othell- romeo and julier - muchado about nothing - a dolls house. and for poetry im struggling with. what ones have you got? so far i have - the flea - coy mistress - my mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun - george meredith xvii - the sick rose - on my first sonne.


    Thanks! Yes, I'm dreading seeing drama come up in the first question. I'm really hoping for poetry, it would made the exam sooo much easier!
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    (Original post by katielou1993)
    Haha don't worry about it. Well i've got around 4 prose - wuthering heights - pride and prejudice - jane eyre - bloody chamber and 5 plays - streetcar - othell- romeo and julier - muchado about nothing - a dolls house. and for poetry im struggling with. what ones have you got? so far i have - the flea - coy mistress - my mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun - george meredith xvii - the sick rose - on my first sonne.


    Thanks! Yes, I'm dreading seeing drama come up in the first question. I'm really hoping for poetry, it would made the exam sooo much easier!
    I have quite a lot of everything. i think I've been silly and selected way too many extracts to be on the safe side. I was so scared of getting into the exam and finding a question where I had no idea what to link it to.. I think i will probably cut it down haha! then learn some really well and have others in my mind, but not too much detail.
    Some of the poems i have are:

    Modern Love - George Meredith (I found that really linked well to marriage and social convention) Sonnet XVII - begins with At dinner, she is hostess, I am host,
    The Kaleidoscope (marriage - loss and celebration)
    Troilus and Criseyde - Chaucer (pursuit of love, courtly love -- suffering etc.)
    Tales from Ovid: Echo and Narcissus - Ted Hughes (great for unrequited love)
    The Good Morrow - John Donne (celebration)
    Sonnets from the Portugese (there's lots of them obviously, but I kind of analysed them collectively)
    Eloisa to Aberlard - Alexander Pope (forbidden)
    Gap Year - Jackie Kay (familial)

    I hope poetry comes up too. But I bet with lit students luck it'll be drama. :/
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    Looking back at the past papers I think it's pretty clear Drama will come up in Q.1

    I'm having trouble grouping all my texts together though. I started out by doing it by topic, but then that meant I had excessive amounts of quotes to remember. Any better ideas?
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    (Original post by Sarahtea)
    Looking back at the past papers I think it's pretty clear Drama will come up in Q.1

    I'm having trouble grouping all my texts together though. I started out by doing it by topic, but then that meant I had excessive amounts of quotes to remember. Any better ideas?
    Yeah, don't stress about learning quotes.

    70% of the marks are allocated on anaylsis of the unseen extracts. Write a lot about a little, not the other way around.
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    Hi everyone currently trying to upload a student sample answer but it's not working atm
 
 
 
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