The Handmaid’s Tale: Homework Study Schedule

Week 1:

Read the background of the text in your critical Resource Booklet
Consolidate classwork on ‘Dedications and Epigraphs’. Read, highlight and annotate these pages. In your own words explain and unpack the layers of meaning in Sufi Mysticism
Read the following links and add to your comparative list the real-world history which influenced events in The Handmaid’s Tale:

Real World origins of events in The Handmaid’s Tale

17 Moments in History that inspired The Handmaid’s Tale

Listen to and make notes on The Handmaid’s Tale – Key Contexts by Massolit and Crash Course

available on your A-level English playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1rM1MUfANQ&list=PLwaLIaLu8wcyM5SI5unJ2EpuzRFyCNnpR&index=47

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PubyDwbNqYA

Learn week 1 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary

 

Week 2:

Listen to the English Podcast on The Handmaid’s Tale and make notes
Read ‘critical reception’ in your Resource Booklet
Ensure you are re-reading and highlighting your copy of the text with key themes
Learn week 2 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary

 

Week 3:

Plan both answers to the essay choices: spend 20mins on each

Ensure you:

·       Define the parameters of the question

·       Place yourself on the continuum of ‘To what extent do you agree’

·       Order your plan logically

·       Create a hierarchy of importance within the themes and character motivations

Read, highlight and annotate ‘Gender and Sexual Identity’ with a focus on The Handmaid’s Tale. 1984 offers supplementary information and context. Be ready for class discussion
Learn week 3 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
June 2018

Essay:

Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts portray the victims of experimentation.

In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

 

Or

 

Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts present the reader with a disturbing view of the world. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

[Total 30 marks]

 

Week 4:

Read, highlight and annotate ‘Fragmenting the Whole: Narrative Inventiveness of The Handmaid’s Tale’ ready for class discussion
Read, highlight and annotate ‘What Kind of novel is The Handmaid’s Tale?’ from the Connell Guide ready for class discussion on narrative structure and intertextuality
Learn week 4 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
Essay continued

 

Week 5:

Read, highlight, and answer questions on ‘Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory – The Tragic’ in your Critical Resource Pack
Plan both answers to the essay choices: spend 20mins on each

Ensure you:

·       Define the parameters of the question

·       Place yourself on the continuum of ‘To what extent do you agree’

·       Order your plan logically

Create a hierarchy of importance within the themes and character motivations

Revise randomized spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
Essay:

Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts ask fundamental questions about the purpose of life.

In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

 

Or

 

Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts use narrative voice. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

 

[Total 30 marks]

 

Week 6:

Read, highlight and annotate ‘Margaret Atwood: ‘I am not a prophet. Science Fiction is really about now’ ready for class discussion
Read the ‘Exemplar Essay 4’ for Science and Society ‘Compare the ways in which writers of your two chosen texts portray loss.’ Highlight for strengths and weaknesses. Read the commentary that accompanies it and write three short inserted upgrades of the essay.
Past Paper Essay Planning Prep

 

 

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