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Mrs D's Literature Programmes

Literature Programmes

Literature Unseen Poetry Programme
Practical Criticism or poetry appreciation is a challenge for most secondary students because of the highly analytical skills involved.  To approach the Unseen Paper with a degree of confidence, pupils should build a body of knowledge about poetry.  I have 3 very well-received modular Literature programmes which you will not find anywhere else (for 3 years running, parents from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) whose children in both the IB as well as O level programme have single-handedly formed classes for me):

For the Unseen Poem section of the Secondary Literature Exam as well as the International Baccalaureate exam pathway.

(recommended for Sec 2-4)

12 lessons of one and a half hours each over 6 sessions

The Lit Unseen Poetry Prog is useful for all secondary exam pathways in Singapore schools (the Literature and Language Arts Exams in the O/A Exam pathway as well the International Baccalaureate).

Part 1: Understanding Different Forms of Poetry

Objective Students will be taught how to identify different forms of poetry and study the technical aspects of a poem. Pupils will be introduced to a wide range of poetic forms. This course focuses on acquiring CONTENT & making DISTINCTIONS. Course Outline Unseen Poem as an exam format Differences between reading prose and reading poetry Technical aspects • Form - different forms of poetry, use of shape, lines and stanzas • Sound - devices, concepts and examples • Imagery - concepts and examples Cross-references and comparisons • Relationship between themes and issues in society • Parodies and how they compare with the original Personal Responses • Articulating your response in writing

Part 2: Tackling Unseen Poetry

Objective Pupils will be taught how to read, understand and analyse a selection of poems covering a wide range of themes. The course focuses on ANALYTICAL & WRITING skills Course Outline • The right attitude to reading a poem • Immediate appreciation of a poem • Dealing with uncertainty • Looking for meaning and significance • Filling in the gaps in meaning • Handling different interpretations • Detailed analysis • Forming statements* • Referring to evidence *In particular pupils will learn how to phrase their responses to the poem. To find details on the latest , click here

Tackling Set Texts

Unlike the English Language programmes, these programmes are not defined in terms of levels, but in terms of the requirements and expectations of honing analytical skills and building a body of knowledge for the study of Literature.  Hence, pupils who sign up for the programmes can come from any level from Sec 1- Sec 4 "O" Level to or Year 1- 5 IB.

Other Programmes:
Tackling Unseen Prose (for upper secondary and pre-university Literature students)
Studying Shakespeare (for lower secondary Lit students)

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