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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Urgent: Folios

Folks, your completed folios should be with the teacher who has been providing feedback by now.

Catherine and Anna, Mrs Fuller has asked you to email yours over to her ASAP – Anne.fuller@fife.gov.uk

PLEASE get this done.

Folio

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.

Also, REVISE!

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.

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