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 our GCSE learning scheme, which already includes our Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde unit.

Bedrock’s 102 Terms is a broad, detailed and challenging scheme of learning. It teaches students the crucial Tier 3 vocabulary (subject-specific terminology) they need to successfully analyse in English, such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, juxtaposition and anthropomorphism.

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 such as making sure that all your students know what a proper noun is, to more advanced techniques like sibilance and soliloquy, 102 Terms covers it all. On completion of the unit, your students will:

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

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. This could be an excerpt from Aesop’s fables or Wordsworth’s poetry – 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. 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.

Book your trial now, to start in September.

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