Coursework is a requirement for most English Literature specifications, although different boards require slightly different assignments as part of the coursework folder.
Coursework gives you the chance to spend more time making sure your assignments are the best you can produce but in order to achieve this you should:
- make sure you understand what the assignment asks you to do and make sure your response fulfils this
- be aware of the assessment objectives that your assignment covers
- plan your work carefully and structure your ideas effectively
- make sure your work is focused in terms of the purpose and audience it is aimed at
- if you are given word limits or guidelines, stick to the general length indicated for the assignment
- do a first draft and then work through this correcting, altering or adding to your ideas in order to improve your work
- produce a final draft that represents the best work you can produce – this should be as error-free as you can make it
Remember that, although your teacher can’t do your coursework for you, he or she will be able to offer you advice.
The rationale for this post has been explored here . My intention is to provide an outline and resources to help students in Year 10/11 approach “the Beast” – the 6 poem coursework extravaganza that gives 40% of their IGCSE marks…
The task requires careful planning and is the nearest i get to a scaffold at this level. I try to encourage clear planning of each paragraph, let alone the essay as a whole and I am working on a model of roughly 3 paragraphs for each “major” essay with the “minor”poems being used as links between the majors – roughly a single paragraph for each.
Here is the teaching outline: coursework 2015
I also referred in the original post to John Thomsett’s excellent post on Janus Sentences: janus sentences
This booklet was prepared by a colleague: Jade Boyle. It is a cracking piece of work.
Y10 Lit coursework booklet
I attach a set of EDEXCEL sample essays for information and recommend that all students look at these. It is brilliant to write in a manner which is a consistent comparison, but Edexcel are clear that direct comparison is not needed and I recommend the 3-1-3-1-1-3 outline as a good starting point.
Examples High Mark Courseworkf
Exemplar Materials 4ET0 03 June 2014