What to study for English literature A level?

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I'm self-studying English literature and looking for resources - I need to get an A* or at least an A. I know to study basic literary features and read the mark scheme, but how do you know what to write in essays? Is there a list of expected context, terms, etc.? Are there resources for learning about historical context and literary movements?
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(Original post by penguingirl18)
I'm self-studying English literature and looking for resources - I need to get an A* or at least an A. I know to study basic literary features and read the mark scheme, but how do you know what to write in essays? Is there a list of expected context, terms, etc.? Are there resources for learning about historical context and literary movements?
Thanks in advance!
It will depend on your exam board, but you'll have to know the texts you'll be assessed on, and you'll need to know how to classify words and what they add to a sentence--things like attributive adjectives, finite verbs, possessive pronouns, demonstrative nouns as well as the passive voice. These generally seem to be things that boost you up to A*, however, you can get an A by using the basic skills from GCSE (I've done it multiple times in topic tests). As long as you use fancier ways of saying things and field-specific language e.g hyperbole instead of exaggeration, lexical fields, ellipsis etc, you should be on your way to an A. I'm doing English Lit Lang, and you'd be surprised by how much of the lang course is in lit, so don't be afraid to look at things like spoken mode. I suppose I can share some of the non-exam board specific resources from the Literature side with you, or at least things to have a look at.
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