A key skill that is needed to produce high level work in GCSE is the ability to connect thematic concepts between seemingly disparate texts.
As part of developing these skills, you will choose a theme you wish to investigate through 5 types of text.
Literature - 1 text with a critical reputation.
Music - A selection of 3 songs.
Poetry - A selection of 3 poems.
Film - 1 film
Art - 2 Piece of art work.
You will complete a weekly journal which notes what you have studied and your findings.
The between the 14th and the 21st October you will be presenting your findings as part of your GCSE / IGCSE Speaking and Listening assessment.
Theme - Click the link for the official definition
But for our purposes a theme is: A topic or issue discussed within a text.
You have choice over your theme but there are a list of themes below. Remember some themes (such as love) can be quite broad so try to narrow your focus down to a specific element such as 'Influence of Love' or 'Absence of Love' etc.
Here are a list of themes you may wish to look at:
The Paradox of Life
Corrupting Influence of Power
Love and its influence.
The Role of Women
The Journal must be kept and handed in on a weekly basis and can be submitted in the following forms:
1) As a printed document - not scrappy pieces of paper (this will not be accepted).
2) As a link to a blog (Please seek prior approval) tweeted to @MilEnglish or emailed from your school account (not personal account) to firstname.lastname@example.org - wordpress and blogger.com are very simple formats to use.
3) A comment on under this posting
The journal should consider the following questions (which can be used as headings):
1) How was your chosen theme presented?
(positively, negatively, in-depth, ironically, some aspects covered but not others)
2) What was similar or different to the presentation in your other texts?
3) How do the characters / artists react to the theme or events?
The presentation will be filmed as part of your on going English assessment and must be longer 4 to 5 minutes long or you may lose marks.
The presentation does not have to cover all your texts only the most interesting parts you found.
The presentation addresses the questions above making clear links to the similarities and differences of your texts.
You may use a cue card the size of a postcard and any props you wish to bring (artwork, music, books etc).
The choice of texts are entirely up to you.
Your choice of Literature must be approved by me and must have a critical reputation.
Critical Reputation - The text or author is award winning or nominated.
The author makes up part of the Literary Canon.
The text has been reviewed by another established writer.
Here is a suggested reading list but this is not exhaustive:
Life of Pi
Catcher in the Rye
Romeo and Juliet
A Brave New World
The Taming of the Shrew
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Woman of No Importance
The Big Sleep
The Great Gatsby
Romeo and Juliet
You can see the work that some other students have completed in a school in London here
You have a lot of freedom in your study - use this to look at things you are interested in and you will find it a lot more fun.