New Y12 Language Summer Tasks

Fiction – do any THREE of the fiction tasks.

You may choose a novel or a short story but at least two of the tasks MUST be full novels. 

Some choices may fit into more than one category, e.g. You might read a Gothic novel, written prior to 1914, by an author of the opposite sex!

1.    Read a novel or short story set in a different culture. (NOT America)

2.    Read a novel or short story written by an author of the opposite sex to you.

3.    Read a novel or short story written before 1914

4.    Read a classic “coming-of-age” novel or short story.

5.    Read a piece of dystopian fiction. E.g. 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale,  The Hunger Games trilogy.  (Dystopian fiction = A genre of fictional writing used to explore social and political structures in ‘a dark, nightmare world.’)

6.    Read a novel or short story of the Gothic fiction genre – other than The Woman in Black.  Edgar Allan Poe does fabulous short stories in this genre, as does Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Portfolio – you need to do ALL of these tasks.

For this section, you need to read, then print and keep, a selection of texts in a portfolio. You will be expected to produce this for your teacher. You should continue to add to this as the course progresses.

1.    Collect newspaper or magazine interviews with interesting subjects from a variety of sources. (Sunday supplements are often good sources for this, but also specific genre magazines can have good material – e.g. music magazines; sports magazines etc.)

2.    Find at least two DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES with very different characters and by different writers and print them out.

3.    Get copies of transcripts of two speeches, preferably from two different genres. (e.g. not two political speeches)

4.    Watch at least two TED talks (Google “ted talks” and look for ones which interest you – there are hundreds on all sorts of topics).

Fill in the details for each:

  • Name of speaker:
  • Title of talk:
  • What is it about?
  • Comment on your impressions of the speaker’s delivery and how well they engage the audience. What techniques do you notice they use? (e.g. direct address to audience; rhetorical question etc)

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