Frankenstein & Never Let Me Go Comparison

Frankenstein, a gothic fiction written between the Romantic era and the Enlightenment era by Mary Shelley in 1817.  Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, a subverted dystopian novel published in 2005, is set in an alternate England in the late 1990s. The natural world is highly valued by both Ishiguro and Shelley, as they both [...]

William Blake: ‘The Sick Rose’ Experience

William Blake: ‘The Sick Rose’ Experience

A compendium of useful links, exemplar material, resources and home or distance learning for A-level Romantic Poetry: How is Nature presented in Romantic Poetry?

How is Nature presented in Romantic Poetry?

Exploring the role of Nature in the works of Romantic Poets William Blake and William Wordsworth. Nature is presented as an essential constituent within Romantic poetry, encompassing the intrinsic pastoral reverence of poets belonging to the Romantic movement. Both William Blake and William Wordsworth are avid disciples of the championing of the natural world and [...]

A-level English Language Podcasts

A-level English Language Podcasts

A compendium of useful podcasts to stretch your understanding, explore new aspects of A-level Language beyond our curriculum, revise some of our key concepts and to see them in use. The World in Words Lingthusiasm A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics by Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne. A lively, deep, language-y conversation with real linguists! [...]

Transactional Writing: Survival Stories

Transactional Writing: Survival Stories

Preparation for Section B Transactional Writing which is thematically linked to the Section A topics and Non-Fiction extracts. Edexcel Non-Fiction Texts linked to survival and adventure: Explorers or boys messing about? Either way, taxpayer gets the rescue bill The Explorer’s Daughter Between a Rock and a Hard Place Wilderness Adventures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VG-WYPtpCQ Arctic Adventures Arctic Survival [...]

Never Let Me Go: Key Quotations by Theme

Never Let Me Go: Key Quotations by Theme

Settings “A car was a rarity. And the sight of one in the distance was sometimes enough to cause bedlam during a class” p34 “Miss Emily…we probably recognised that it was her presence, intimidating thought it was, that made us feel so safe at Hailsham.” P39 “Normal people outside” p69 “One of the boys asked [...]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Analysis Breakdown

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Analysis Breakdown

A breakdown of the non-fiction text from the Edexcel English Language Non-Fiction Anthology. Exploring GAPS, title analysis and a paragraph by paragraph coverage of indicative content. Useful for supporting student revision and embedding sound understanding of linguistic features within the text. Subscriber Content Genre: Memoir of a traumatic event Audience: general audience; outdoors enthusiasts; readers [...]