English Literature

Adams College Transition Work

English Literature

This transition work is intended to prepare you for A level study. We would like you to work through the tasks listed over the summer holidays.
You must bring your completed work with you on Wednesday 5th September, ready to demonstrate your understanding of the transition tasks in lessons. Teachers will test your knowledge and understanding of this work in class tests, the week beginning 17th September.

You will be studying “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte as one of your main texts next year.

As a way of preparing yourselves, we would like you to complete the following tasks.

1 Research Victorian Literature.
Produce a mind-map that gives an overview of Victorian Literature. You could start your search at  http://www.online-literature.com/periods/victorian.phpor, for a more informal approach, you could look at http://www.shmoop.com/victorian-literature/

You should consider the following;
Context Society
Important Events Important Figures
Writers and Poets Novels and poems
Political/Scientific and Technological Developments etc.

2. Read Wuthering Heights chapters 1-3

(This can be accessed free online at:  http://www.pagebypagebooks.com)

a) After reading Chapter 1, collect quotations about Heathcliff (as described by Lockwood) and write a brief summary of Heathcliff’s character so far which will enable you to discuss this in your group upon your return.
b) After reading Chapter 2, consider how you, as a reader, view Lockwood. Is he a reliable narrator? Present your ideas in note form.
c) Research the Gothic genre and make notes on typical features/key texts in that genre. (see next page for hints)
d) After reading Chapter 3, complete the attached ‘Gothic Grid’ worksheet.
e) Read the outline of the first assessment on the third page.

If you would like to find out more, there are various documentaries on the Bronte sisters and Victorian life that can be accessed on Youtube, for example, “In Search of the Brontes” and “Victorian Era Documentaries”.

Also, if you are looking for some summer reading, why not try “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen or “Hard Times” by Charles Dickens to really get a taste of Victorian Literature.

English Literature tasks can be found here

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