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In Year 12 you will tackle these topics and key questions:
Readers, writers and texts
Why and how do we study literature?
How are we affected by literary texts in various ways?
In what ways is meaning constructed, negotiated, expressed and interpreted?
How does language use vary among literary forms?
How does the structure or style of a literary text affect meaning?
How do literary texts offer insights and challenges?
Time and space
How important is cultural or historical context to the production and reception of a literary text?
How do we approach literary texts from different times and culture to our own?
To what extent do literary texts offer insight into another culture?
How does the meaning and impact of a literary text change over time?
How do literary texts reflect, represent or form part of cultural practices?
How does language represent social distinctions and identities?
You will also consider the following topics:
Politics, power and justice
Rights and responsibilities, working and structure of government and institutions, hierarchies of power, distribution of wealth and resources, limits of justice and law, equality/inequality, human rights, peace and conflict.
Culture, identity and community
Family, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, migration, colonialism, nationalism.
Beliefs, values and education
Beliefs nurtured in particular societies and how they shape individuals, communities and educational systems. Tensions that arise when there is conflict of beliefs, values and ethics.
Science, technology and the environment
Relationship between humans and the environment, implications of technology and media for society, the idea of scientific development and progress.
Art, creativity and the imagination
Aesthetic inspiration, creation, craft and beauty, shaping and challenging of perceptions through art, function, value and effects of art in a society.
You can begin preparing for your new course in a number of ways: reading the core texts, reading around the text, watching films and documentaries related to the texts and topics you’ll study, engaging with current affairs through online newspapers and other media platforms.
Year 12 and 13 Core Texts in order of study:
The Kite Runner – Khlaed Hosseini (21st Cent - English)
The Plague – Albert Camus (20th Cent - French)
The Reader – Bernard Schlink (20th Cent - German)
If This is a Man – Privo Levi (20th Century - Italian)
The World’s Wife (Poetry Collection) – Carol Ann Duffy (20th Cent)
Othello – William Shakespeare (16th Cent)
A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (19th Cent – Danish)
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (20th Cent - South American)
Songs of Innocence and Experience (18th Century) P – PRL
The Essays of George Orwell (20th Cent)
The Heart of a Dog – Mikhail Bulgakov (20th Cent – Russian)
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (19th Cent)
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (20th Century)
The Poetry of Wisława Szymborska (20th Cent Polish)
Other suggested reading for this course:
Atonement – Ian McEwan (20th Cent)
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Recommended Netflix Documentaries:
1. Knock Down the House
2. The Great Hack
3. The Innocence Files
5. The Khalief Bowder Story
6. One of Us
7. American Factory
10. The Russian Revolution
11. Auschwitz: Nazis and the Final Solution
12. And Still I Rise
13. The Defiant Ones
15. Netflix Explained
I would also recommend Before the Flood which you can rent from Amazon Prime.
1. Serial (Podcast App)
2. Call Me God (Audible)
3. Today in Focus (The Guardian)
4. Girl Taken (BBC Sounds)
5. Fatwa (BBC Sounds)
6. We Need To Talk About The British Empire (Audible)
7. In Our Time (BBC Sounds)
8. Museum of Lost Objects (BBC Sounds)
9. Hillsborough: The Full Story (BBC Sounds)
10. Stuff You Should Know (Podcast App)
11. 13 Minutes to the Moon (BBC Sounds)
12. Have You Heard George’s Podcast? (BBC Sounds)
Recommended YouTube Channels: Click on link