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Othello Study Guide

for the new 2013 GCSE specifications

With integrated Literary Heritage notes for every main section
Includes original character and scene illustrations

Specific sections to fulfil the requirements of each exam board. Comprehensive notes and tasks throughout to support learning, test knowledge and help with revision. Fully cross-referenced to the Assessment Objectives.


Know the play
  • Plot overview
  • Character summaries
  • Analysis of major characters

Know more
  • Themes
  • Historical, social contexts
  • Language, imagery, symbolism and structure

Assessment
For each exam board the mode of assessment is considered and specific material for this is included.

Know what to write
  • Assessment Objectives in pupil-speak
  • Sample WJEC exam questions along with controlled assessment questions for AQA and Edexcel


This guide adheres to the requirements of the new specifications for GCSE Literature. The summary grid below indicates which units allow for the study of this text and the methods of assessment.

  English Literature English Language English
AQA Unit 3: The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage Unit 3a: Understanding spoken & written texts and writing creatively Part A (extended reading) Unit 3a: Understanding creative texts (literary reading)
Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.
Edexcel Unit 3: Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama    
Optional text for controlled assessment.
OCR   Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing Unit 1: Reading Literary Texts — prose
Optional text for controlled assessment.* Optional text for controlled assessment.*
WJEC Unit 2: Section A — Literary Heritage Drama and Contemporary Prose Unit 3: Literary reading & creative writing: studying written language: extended literary text Unit 3: English in the world of the imagination — reading (Literary Heritage poetry and Shakespeare)
One of five texts prescribed for an exam. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.

*For OCR Language and English, centres can either choose from the prescribed texts (Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar) or they can choose their own text.




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