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AQA B Lit: Gothic Literature: Scheme of Work for A Level
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Gothic Literature: Introductory Scheme of Work

for A Level

An intelligently-planned 14 lesson scheme of work, providing a concise introduction to the genre. Uses key extracts of texts to highlight important gothic features. Each extract has engaging tasks and activities to help students learn the conventions of the genre and how to identify them.

  • All necessary extracts and worksheets included
  • Perfect preparation for the teaching of a whole unit
  • Uses extracts from: The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Paradise Lost, The Mysteries of Udolpho, Nightmare Abbey, Northanger Abbey, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, Lady Audley’s Secret, Everything that Rises Must Converge, The Bloody Chamber

ALSO: Interesting teaching ideas and activities for students, with questions for both discussion and essay writing - great practice for the exams and coursework.

"Excellent! Very comprehensively written and caters for all levels of comprehension. Exactly matches specification and covers a wide range of various types of gothic literature across time.”
A Sargent, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer

"It clearly gives a wide experience of Gothic Literature, with many varied tasks & texts to consider... offer[ing] candidates a thorough understanding of the genre.”
A Harwood, English HoD, Independent Reviewer

“A thorough resource...The work tasks are excellent as this is not an easy genre to deliver & the ideas are imaginative. It matches [the spec] brilliantly.”
S Fallon, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3332)
'A practical, useful resource that will help teachers introduce the study of Gothic texts. It gives students a wider view of what Gothic Literature entails and allows them to explore other texts. Offers good opportunities for group work, research and presentation leading to a collaborative ethos in the classroom. It acts as an excellent introduction from which teachers can evolve from in terms of planning lessons on their set texts stemming from this prior learning.'C Hornby, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer
'A detailed and comprehensive resource which provides a structured pathway through the topic. A thoughtful selection of stimulus texts which should engage and interest the learner, allowing both activation of prior learning and extension and challenge. As a teacher, I found this a satisfying resource as there had obviously been great care and attention put into the resource and the writer has a clear passion for the subject. 'T Kenney, English HoD, Independent Reviewer
'Very helpful. I liked that it was a short scheme & that worksheets were clearly labelled for each lesson. I think by getting students to read the recommended texts before their actual chosen texts is a great way to develop their knowledge of the Gothic.'R Ransom, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer
'I found the provision of teaching strategies and specific worksheets to be used in lessons very valuable. The lesson resources are excellent as part of teaching as they encourage students to think independently and they also develop understanding. They will certainly aid teachers in lesson planning. This resource effectively matches and interprets the AQA specification for this play insofar that it looks at where gothic novels started and explains that texts preceding this had elements of the gothic. It is a good teaching resource — an excellent introduction to Gothic Literature.' E Hewitt, English HoD and Independent Reviewer
'A well written and informative aid for A Level. It begins as a highly academic exploration of the genre and it is clear that the author is well read and researched. I enjoyed reading the pack and look forward to using the material in my lessons soon!'NAME, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer
'An excellent resource which throughly engages students through a variety of tasks. It is brilliantly designed as an introduction to the 'gothic' genre covering a number of essential and significant texts.'R Boardman, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer
'I really liked the liveliness and breadth of suggested activities... Brilliant ideas for activities which have immediate classroom application.'J Jenkins, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer

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