Year 8 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Autumn Term Two -
The exact date of the assessment is dependent on the individual student’s timetable; however, this will be circa the week commencing Monday 14th December 2015.

What is the assessment task?
Students compare and extract from A Christmas Carol to an extract from Bridget Jones’ Diary.

How will the task be assessed?
Assessment Foci: Reading AF2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8and Writing 3. Please click on the below for details of each assessment focus.

A Christmas Carol

What students can do to prepare:

Master key-word spellings and their meaning: Denotation, Connotation, Convey, Portray, Narrative Perspective, Objective, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Narrator (reliable and unreliable), Self-reflection, Foreshadowing, Prediction, Effective.

Consider why authors choose certain words over others:
Select the most suitable word out of the following to complete the sentences. Justify your decision:
1. His eyes suggested that he felt unimportant / insignificant / lost; he searched for someone to say, “Hello.”  Nothing.
2.  The doors could no longer contain them; handbags and high-heels rolling / flowing / flooding past the ‘sale’ signs, which toppled as the surge did not subside.
3. I was in no doubt: she could not sing.  The note pierced / hurt / impaled my ears as I winced in pain.

Explore why writers use certain structures: Seek out 3 novels which you have not read before.  Try not to look at the covers in too much detail - this will work best if you know as little about the text as possible.  Read the opening paragraph only; answer the following questions (feel free to read the rest of the novel afterwards!):
1.  What ‘hook’ has the author utilised?  What questions does it raise in the reader’s mind?
2.  Which narrative perspective (first, second or third person) does the author write in.  Transpose the paragraph into an alternative narrative perspective.  What effect does this have on the reader?
3.  From this first paragraph, can you make any predictions about what sort of novel this might be?  Be specific in your response.  For example, “I think this will be novel about ‘coming of age – but not in the modern day, perhaps in the 1960s.’  The names ‘Connie’ and ‘Buddy’ bring to mind American Diners and juke boxes and growing up during the ‘rock ”n’ roll era.”
4.  Number your novels: “1″,”2″ and “3.”  Make a note of any similarities that you can spot between novels “1″ and “2″; now have a look at any significant differences between the two.  Carry out the same task with novels “1″ and “3″, and novels “2″ and “3″.  Things to look out for include sentence variation, diction (choice of words), punctuation, characters, themes, setting and context (historical, cultural and social).

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