102 GCSE English Terms

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We’re inviting schools to start a free trial of our new 102 GCSE English Terms unit – the latest addition to the Bedrock GCSE learning scheme, which also includes our Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde unit.

Bedrock’s 102 GCSE English Terms is a broad, detailed and challenging scheme of learning. It teaches students the crucial Tier 3 vocabulary they need to analyse English fiction, non fiction, poetry and drama. From common nouns and onomatopoeia to iambic pentameter and dramatic irony, 102 Terms uses interactive activities, literary examples, and modelled analysis to teach learners to identify and evaluate writing techniques.

As well as KS4 students in Years 10 and 11 who are already studying GCSE English Literature, 102 Terms can also be beneficial to KS3/Year 9 students as they start to prepare for their GCSEs.

In the 102 Terms unit, every term and technique is exemplified in the context of literary poetry and prose, and students are taught about effect and reader interpretation. From the basics likes proper nouns and synonyms, to more advanced techniques like sibilance and soliloquy, 102 Terms covers it all. On completion of the unit, your students should:

Be able to identify the taught terms in literary contexts, and analyse their effects

Be better equipped to understand and answer questions on their GCSE English Literature and English Language papers

Have engaged with a diverse variety of poetry, prose, drama, and non-fiction texts from the National Curriculum and beyond

Be able to understand and enjoy more ambitious, enriching literature, poetry, theatre, and cinema for their own pleasure beyond school

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102 Terms in more detail

The unit consists of eight topics, all human-narrated:

  1. Words and word classes – from proper nouns and possessive pronouns to superlatives and homophones
  2. The structure of fiction – from plot and genre to denouement and flashback
  3. Narrative devices – from register and bias to narrative voice and dialogue
  4. Language devices – from pun and idiom to connotation and euphemism
  5. Structure and sound – from syntax and ellipsis to sibilance and consonance
  6. Poetry and poetic devices – from syllable and stanza to pentameter and enjambment
  7. Descriptive devices – from simile and shift to personification and pathetic fallacy
  8. Drama, irony and argument – from soliloquy and hyperbole to tragedy and situational irony

The topics each feature a pre- and post-test to determine a student’s prior knowledge and their progress through the topic.

They are spread over 31 lessons in total, with each lesson introducing 3-4 new terms.

Students follow this learning sequence:

They read a student-friendly explanation and example of each new term, followed by an example of it in a classic literary text. The curriculum includes the classics – like Shakespeare, Dickens, Wordsworth, and Austen – as well as a diverse range of writers including Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Homer, and Aesop. It’s great practice for the unseen element of English Lit!

They then complete activities from a range that includes multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and spot-the-feature, all of which provide instant feedback. These are designed to assess students’ baseline understanding, ability to identify the term in the context of various literary texts and, critically, their ability to write about the effect of these terms in their essays and exams.

The terms are visible in an online knowledge organiser so you, your students and their parents (who get a free account of their own) can all track progress as the terms enter long-term memory.

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