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What follows is a commentary on the Assessment Criteria relating to CCEA AS Level English Literature The Study of Prose Written Before Nineteen Hundred

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BELFAST INSTITUTE A2 LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA - COMMENTARY & ILLUSTRATION What follows is a commentary on the Assessment Criteria relating to CCEA AS Level English Literature - Module 3: The Study of Prose Written Before Nineteen Hundred Remember that the grading of your Coursework will be determined by two things: i) the relevancy and quality of your response, in general; ii) how well you fulfil the assessment objectives specified. It would be advantageous, as well, to attempt to meet some of the assessment objectives specified in other modules. The purpose of this handout is to explain more fully the assessment objectives specified in AS Module 3 and to illustrate their attainment by presenting extracts taken from student assignments. ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVE AO1 1. AO1 - Communicate clearly the knowledge, understanding and insight appropriate to literary study, using appropriate terminology and accurate and coherent written expression. ...read more.


Candidates should be able to: * Demonstrate that they have an informed critical perspective and viewpoint regarding text; * Use critical sources to inform their personal perspective and overview of a text; * Use literary critical texts in a discriminating way to respond to examination questions; * Draw upon past and present critical appraisals of texts which they have studied; * Integrate and acknowledge their secondary sources within their answers. Commentary This assessment objective requires students to respond to the question with views informed by the interpretations of others. By others is meant fellow students, teachers and, more obviously, professional critics. Others can also refer to cultural perspectives adopted from varying standpoints: religious, political, class, age or gender based. The requirement can be looked at in two ways: (i) as a request that we include the views of critics to illuminate a point, support an argument or as claims that needs to be challenged. ...read more.


It is obvious that at the present day one's sympathy or otherwise for Coriolanus could relate to one's politics. The question of whether King Lear implies the existence of an after life and an ultimate moral order may be determined by whether or not the reader possesses a religious sensibility. Whereas a Christian might see the plot as having a 'redemptive pattern', an atheist might view the conclusion as patently pessimistic. Again, attitudes to the sisters in the play could relate, at least partially, to the reader's views on feminism and attitude to patriarchy. 3. AO5i - Show understanding of the contexts in which literary texts are written and understood. Candidates should be able to talk and write about: * the literary, cultural and social context of a text; * the relevant implication of such contexts in relation to the question set; * (briefly and succinctly) significant biographical events which have illuminated their understanding of a text; * contextual evidence which illuminates or supports their interpretation of texts. ...read more.

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