Folks, have had some worrying reports from teachers in the department regarding your folio pieces, particularly focusing on the fact that some of you are simply not taking on board feedback and failing to edit and improve your pieces accordingly.
I saw a couple of these pieces when I was in on Thursday, and they would not pass on technical grounds alone. Even more worrying was the fact that they had barely changed since I gave feedback on them several months ago.
I will remind you once more: the coursework for this qualification is YOUR responsibility. If you choose not to take on board feedback, then it is your decision, but you will be throwing away a possible 15-30% of your overall mark. You will also have wasted my time, the other teachers in the departments’ time (who are doing you a huge favour in taking your work on in addition to their already enormous amount of marking), and, lastly, your own time.
You’re all capable of doing incredibly well. Don’t waste that by becoming lazy in the final weeks.
I’ll be coming in to see you the day of the exam. In the meantime, if you’ve any questions, just respond to a comment on the blog.
Just a reminder that you should have completed all four literary study plans AND have revised them, as you will be answering one of them under FULL EXAM CONDITIONS (I’m writing in capital letters, so you know this is serious). I will also be asking to see all four plans to ensure you’ve done them.
Any questions before then, let me know.
Example essay for you to peruse – this got 16 out of 20.
Sylvia Plath Example Literary Study Essay 16 out of 20
Have plans completed for the following questions for Thursday 26th April – you’ll write one of them under FULL EXAM CONDITIONS then.
- Compare and contrast the treatment of love in any two novels.
- Discuss the ways in which themes of isolation and/or estrangement are explored in two novels or three short stories.
- “It is the alienation of the individual which pervades …fiction.” Discuss with reference to any two novels.
- Compare and contrast the treatment of the “darkness of marriage” in any two novels.
The three stage structure we discussed is below:
Comparing Texts for Literary Study and Dissertation
Folks, I will be in for the double period this afternoon, in case you weren’t aware. I’d like to discuss folios, as well as areas of concern re revision for lit. study and textual analysis.