Hello, new Advanced Highers!

As ever, I’m looking forward to geeking out with this class over the next year.

Our texts this year will be:

  • Poetry: Sylvia Plath’s nature poetry (booklet here)
  • Prose: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
  • Drama: A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

I would recommend you all buy your own copy of these texts – for the Ibsen plays, a good one is the Bloomsbury Student edition.

In the meantime, some reminders about deadlines (already, I know):

Dissertation

  • Dissertation texts and topic decided on: before summer holidays
  • Dissertation primary texts read: August 2019
  • Dissertation draft 1: Friday 11th October 2019
  • Dissertation draft 2: Friday 15th November 2019
  • Dissertation draft 3: January 2020

Suggested texts for dissertation (very helpful):

SUGGESTIONS FOR DISSERTATIONS TEXTS

 

Literary Study texts

  • Prose texts read: August 2019
  • Drama texts read: January 2019

 

Portfolio

  • Draft deadlines: throughout year
  • Final draft: Friday 3rd April 2020

 

Below are the handouts given out so far, in case yours go astray:

Dissertation Guide

Dissertation Making notes

Advanced Higher English Course Guide

Advanced Higher English Dissertation Guide

 

 

 

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This week

Folks, please bring your USBs with your dissertations and folio work on them. We are booked into computer rooms this week to work on them.

Dissertations and Concerns

Folks, the latest drafts of your dissertations will be available to collect from me tomorrow. Please ensure you come by as soon as possible, as your next (and final) draft will be due in next Monday 29th January.

On the whole, it is becoming clear that some of you are simply not taking care to check over your work or pay attention to previous feedback. At this stage, I should only have to give very general comments – I find that is not the case for the majority of you. This work is your responsibility, not mine. If you don’t take the time and effort to improve, you will simply be throwing away 30% of your overall mark.

I will discuss individual feedback with you when you come in to collect your work.

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

Okay, when the next batch of your work is due:

Monday 8th January 2018

  • Third draft of your dissertations
  • Second draft of your first folio piece.

 

Friday 12th January 2018

  • First draft of your second folio piece.

 

Monday 15th Janury 2018

  • Prelim! Please have revised both Plath’s poetry and Jane Eyre/Rebecca, as well as textual analysis techniques.

Dissertation Deadline Reminder

Remember that the first draft of your dissertation is due in to me on Monday 23rd October 2017.

Here is an example dissertation from a couple of years ago, which received full marks.

AI Dissertation for copying

You can also refer to the Understanding Standards website and previous handouts for guidance.

Any emergency questions or queries, just respond to one of the posts on this blog and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Example Advanced Higher work

Afternoon dears,

Have a look at the SQA’s Understanding Standards website – it’s got example scripts and commentary from markers, so you can see what kind of thing scores well, and what needs more work.

This will help prepare you for your Literary Study essay next week.

http://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/Subjects/English/advanced/LiteraryStudy