English Language GCSE: Analysing Fiction

Over the course of this video author Kathryn Evans and poet Theresa Lola analyse and examine extracts from the novel ‘Sons and Lovers’ by DH Lawrence.

This short film is intended to support students looking to improve their grade on the GSCE English language paper.

Following an initial discussion of the importance of note-taking, the film then leads into Kathryn Evans and Theresa Lola deconstructing an extract from ‘Sons and Lovers’.

The film will help students understand how to examine various factors of a literary fiction text, including characterisation, setting, tone and the literary techniques that the writer uses.

At the end of the film is a recap on everything that Kathryn and Theresa have covered to summarise all the various points that your students will need to discuss in their exam for a good pass level.

This short film is from the BBC series, GCSE English Language.

Teacher Notes

Before watching

You could ask your students to work in pairs to analyse a copy of the extract from DH Lawrence's 'Sons and Lovers' (Chapter 10 from beginning to ‘Now life interested him more.’), to examine and discuss first, before watching this short film.

This short film will help students understand how to examine various factors of a literary fiction text, including characterisation, setting, tone and the literary techniques that the writer uses.

Pulling out key elements such as the setting of the extract, for example, when the son wants to introduce his Mother to his friends ‘who had dinner at seven-thirty in the evening’ establishes that this text was set in the early 20th Century.

This short film highlights key language techniques and should generate discussion amongst students.

Key language techniques will be reinforced and appear on screen.

Watch the video and see whether the writers pick out similar or different quotations to the students.

During watching

During viewing, you can pause the film to discuss how students' responses to the texts compare with the responses of Kathryn and Theresa.

Suggestions of pause points:

Pause point: 1:20

  • What do we learn about Paul and his mother from these sentences? What do we learn about their relationship?

Pause point: 2:36

  • What do you think this quotation reveals about the relationship between mother and son?

Pause point: 3:52

  • What do we learn about Paul’s mother from the compound adjective in this quote?

Pause point: 5:17

  • What have we learned about the setting of the extract?

Pause point: 6:34

  • What do you notice about the language that the writer uses here? What are the words connected with?

After Watching

Students could imagine that they are going to prepare their own discussion of another paragraph from the extract.

Each pair should present their thoughts to the class, leading to a discussion including the whole class.

Next Steps

Students could then go on to look at past papers and predict the sorts of questions that would be asked about this extract.

They could use these questions to write their responses and gain a greater understanding of what will be asked of them during their examinations.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching English language at GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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