Literature in English
The portfolio has as a weighting of 20% of the total assessment for the subject.
It comprises two pieces of work:
∑ EITHER a review of a film/play/performance of about 600 words OR a piece of creative writing of 600-1500 words (8%)
∑ An extended essay of 1500-2000 words on a theme/work/writer connected to learners?study in the subject (12%)
Learnerís can use the texts they study as an inspiration for their portfolio work, but they should not include detailed analysis of those works. They should focus on other arts-related materials. (ĎArts?refers to activities such as literature, cinema, television, music, painting and dance, which people can take part in for the purposes of enjoyment, or to create various impressions and/or meanings.)
The main prose or film works chosen for study should be written or made originally in English.
The film/play/performance review should be similar to those read in magazines or newspapers. They convey impressions quite informally and often in a humorous style. It may be necessary to include a background to the story/film/drama etc., and perhaps some biographical material, but the heart of the matter must still be the review which involves critical analysis of the text for its matter and manner? The nature of the text reviewed should largely dictate the tone and, in general, both should be congruent.
Creative writing should tackle themes and issues in an imaginative and stimulating way.
Extended essays are more formal and academic, and may involve the submission of a thesis regarding the theme, work or writer chosen. This thesis may require exposition, substantiation, synthesis and a conclusion. The aim is to find out something. Students will be expected to have consulted references so there should be a bibliography.
The portfolio should be submitted at the end of January for S6.