Scheme of Work
Old English to Middle English.
- Key words: invasion, vernacular, standardised, dialect, lexicon
- Language and literature development knowledge: words introduced to our lexicon by different settlers; invasions central driver of language change until Middle Ages; French and Latin as languages of power; word of mouth passed on vocabulary to different areas; Chaucer as champion of the vernacular; printing press and standardisation of spellings and words
- Key content: Latin/Greek etymology; Romans; Vikings; Anglo Saxons; Normans; Kennings; Runes; Beowulf; Middle English; Caxton's printing press; Canterbury Tales.
Renaissance and Shakespeare
- Key words: Renaissance; metaphor; sonnet; iambic pentameter; volta; soliloquy; monologue
- Language and literature development knowledge: words and phrases introduced to our lexicon from Shakespeare; exploration of the human condition in his plays; all levels of society examined; legacy of Chaucer; Renaissance and development of depiction of women
- Key content: Sonnet form; sonnet 18; Seven Ages of Man from As You Like It; extracts from Romeo and Juliet.
Industrial Revolution and Romantics
- Key words: Sublime; Romantic; industry; retreat; pastoral; ballad; urbanisation; Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment; Luddites
- Language and literature development knowledge: Renewed focus on nature and the past to avoid distasteful present; exploration of language used to express awe at beauty of world; development of the ballad form; neoclassical poetry about intellect and reason while Romantic poetry was product of emotions, sentiments
- Key content: French revolution; industrial revolution; Wordsworth's Daffodils and Upon Westminster Bridge; Keats' Ode to a Grecian Urn; Blake's London; Byron's comment on the Luddites
Dickens and Social Realism
- Key words: Realism; caricature; verisimilitude; quotidian; social class; poverty; clause
- Language and literature development knowledge: Dickens as social observer; continuation of exploration of human condition; focus on specific social classes; addressing of social inequalities carried on from Blake and Byron; acute observation and use of multiple layered clauses to encapsulate reality on paper
- Key content: Extracts from Bleak House; Oliver Twist; Pickwick Papers; working classes
- Key words: Fractured society; stream of consciousness; individualism; symbolism; absurdity; existentialism; formalism
- Language and literature development knowledge: Modernist literature featured characters alone in fight to survive in modern society; absurdity of modern life following world war one prompted philosophers, writers and poets to explore meaning of existence; shape and form of modernist writing ignored tradition and did things differently; meaning left for reader to decide
- Key content: Extract from T.S Eliot's The Waste Land and Prufrock; extracts from James Joyce's Ulysses; Ezra Pound poems; Paul Cezanne paintings of Mont Saint Victoire and Van Gogh's Yellow House.