Hey, I'm struggling with this part; the novels are too big to really analyse and know everything, so I'm a little confused on how to revise for the exam. Do I pick out sections from the book and analyse them? Or do I just read the text and know it very well?
Reading the text and knowing it very well is the best plan, from there you can reasonably answer any questions that come up. Learning a few choice arguments you wish to make is also fine as, if your ability to write cogently allows, you can work these into an answer almost irrespective of what the question is.
Reading the novels is very important! I give my students brief chapter summaries, which I advise them to re-read constantly. As the exam is open book, you will have the texts with you. Whilst it isn't advised to constantly go back to the text (as you should learn quotes), this is there to help you. Which texts are you doing? I teach Frankenstein and The Handmaid's Tale but can give you some key resources for the majority, should you wish.
It's important to understand what happens in both novels, and how these events are similar.
You should list the themes for each novel, then find which appear in both. (You should, via your teacher, have discussed themes)
For each theme, you should try and find quotes which support the theme. (You should, via your teacher, have discussed quotes)
You should then look at how the language used is different - which techniques are used in each quote, and how are they similar/different.
Also think about the structure/narrative: For example, in Frankenstein and The Handmaid's Tale, both use first person narrative. This is a similarity which is used to make the novel seem believable (which has been asked in an exam paper). Frankenstein is an epistolary novel (composed of letters), whilst THT used 'Historical Notes' at the back - what is the effect of this?
I hope this helps! Let me know if you need more advice.
I'll see what I've got :-)
Yes, you're right with the AOs.
AO1 - making sure your essay is well structured and written, with terminology and correct SPG.
AO2 - quote analysis, structure/form/language analysis.
AO3 - context (all kinds)
AO4 - connections (similarities and differences)
AO5 - multiple interpretations (poetry; critics)
I teach those, so I can definitely send you some resources that I use with my students!
Hiii drrebeccakirby, Sorry for the very late reply but those would be helpful thanks. x