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Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:44 pm
by phtthp
anyone know where to buy assessment book, for English literature

- Animal Farm (" 4 legs good, 2 legs bad") ,

- Macbeth,

- Julius Caesar,

- Merchant of Venice,

- To kill a mocking bird ?

Thanks


( inside Popular bookshop, walked around, only saw textbook, but don't see any Assessment book, for above Eng Literature title.

If No Assessment book, how to study Eng Lit ? Past year exam papers for Lit, also hard to find)

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:59 pm
by Estéema
Can buy fr carousell

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:11 pm
by sky minecrafter
Hi phtthp, as Estéema suggests as well, but jmo, no need to rush into things; teachers will tell you what is their focus. Read the works first; can also take a lookie at sites like sparknotes.com. There are Lots of free guides/ analyses online for these well-studied pieces. Ultimately, the student needs to master how to analyse unseen prose/ literature, hence it may be more important to build up such technical knowledge during class discussions (than just trying to regurgitate a safe answer). ;-)

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:14 pm
by Estéema
sky minecrafter wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:11 pm
Hi phtthp, no need to rush into things; teachers will tell you what is their focus. Read the works first; can also take a lookie at sites like sparknotes.com. There are Lots of free guides/ analyses online for these well-studied pieces. Ultimately, the student needs to master how to analyse unseen prose/ literature, hence it may be more important to build up such technical knowledge during class discussions (than just trying to regurgitate a safe answer). ;-)
Agree. I bought whatever I can find. In the end my kids don’t use them

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:53 pm
by phtthp
Thank you very much, sky and Esteema, for kind guidance. Much appreciated. Once again, Thank you :-)

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:33 pm
by phtthp
For lower Sec (1 and 2),

do schools combine both (English and English Literature) together as one single subject, only come to Upper Sec (3 and 4), then split them up as separate, individual subject ?

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:58 pm
by Swc
phtthp wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:33 pm
For lower Sec (1 and 2),

do schools combine both (English and English Literature) together as one single subject, only come to Upper Sec (3 and 4), then split them up as separate, individual subject ?
Different schools do things differently. Nygh combines English and Literature under Language Arts. RGS separates. So it really depends on which school your child goes to.

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:06 pm
by phtthp
Thank you very much Swc, for kind info :-) Much appreciated

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:55 am
by slmkhoo
phtthp wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:44 pm
anyone know where to buy assessment book, for English literature
...
If No Assessment book, how to study Eng Lit ? Past year exam papers for Lit, also hard to find)
There are onlie guides available for most popular school texts from Spark Notes and Cliff Notes. These are US notes that are very popular and will give basic info like outline, themes, characters etc. These are brief, but they are good intros.

Frankly, students should not approach Lit like a science subject - it shouldn't just be viewed as a list of facts to learn. Students should first just read the text and appreciate the story, language, etc, and read about the background of the setting, the author etc. The notes above will help guide the reading by giving some explanations and background if the setting and background are unfamiliar to the student.

Only after getting familiar with the story can the student really start analyzing it for the purposes of answering questions about it. The teachers in school will have some method for helping with analysis and how to approach exam questions, so it's not really worth spending time on it before school starts. For now, I would recommend just reading the 2 novels like any other storybook. The plays can be hard to read that way, but you could try to find them acted out (look on Youtube?).

Re: Secondary School Literature

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:58 am
by phtthp
Thank you very much, slmkhoo, for kind guidance. Much appreciated :-)