A 30-slide PowerPoint that aims to teach the concept of structure in fiction and how to respond to Paper 1, Question 3 (AQA 8700).
The PowerPoint covers:
1) An entry task based on a quotation from Stephen King
2) The meaning of structure in fiction texts
3) The difference between language and structure
4) Key structural devices including: dialogue, repetition, first sentence/last sentence/narrative standpoint, sequence of events, focus, foreshadowing, foregrounding, analepsis, prolepsis, motif, zoom in, zoom out, cyclical structure, cohesion, symbolism and internal/external contrast. Students cut up a grid of terms and match the terms to their explanations. Some of these are self-explanatory. This activity should be done in pairs, although students should have their own copies for revision purposes.
5) A sample response in relation to a Question 3 focusing on an extract from 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. Success criteria included.
6) Freytag's Pyramid of Dramatic Structure. Students add detail to a relevant diagram.
7) Application of Freytag's Pyramind in relation to the story of Little Red Riding Hood
8) Application of Freytag's Pyramid in relation to Paper 1, Question 3
9) Sample questions for students to complete. Two extracts provided are from 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Jekyll and Hyde'.
10) Sample responses to the Jekyll/Carol questions. Student read and judge against the success critera.
11) An opportunity for peer assessment of their own responses
Given the emphasis on clear explanation of structural features, students should be working at or towards level 3 on the relevantAQA mark scheme.