Y11 English Literature Revision List

Mr S Edwards | |

The November PPE will consist of an English Literature Paper 1

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What’s assessed?

  • Shakespeare
  • The 19th-century novel

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE


Section A: Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B: The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

How to approach ‘extract to whole’ for Paper 1 Literature

You can approach your answer to this question in the same way as you would for Paper 2 Section B poetry comparison.

Think of the extract in the same way as you would think of the printed poem from the anthology and the whole text as the anthology poem you would write about from memory.

The printed extract is your focus for close analysis and your references to the whole text show your wider understanding.

Textual References to support & illustrate interpretations

You are expected to use quotations when writing about the printed extract however when referring to the whole text from memory textual references can be classed as:

  • Quoting
  • Summarising
  • Paraphrasing
  • Referencing single words

The accuracy of your references will not be assessed

Useful sentence starters for writing about the extract:

I think at this point in the text, the writer is trying to establish for the reader….

One aspect of the character that the writer focuses on, or develops here is……..

What strikes me as important in the way that I respond to the character (or relate to the theme of) here is………because of the way that the writer….

It is interesting to note that this is (early, middle, or late in the text) so that by this stage, the writer focuses the reader’s attention on…

The writer seems to want the reader to feel…. )towards the character, or about he theme etc) and this is developed in the way that he/she…

Sentence starters to help you link to the whole text:

One point that I notice in this extract is the way in which the writer…

Later, (or earlier) in the text, we see a change (or development or confirmation) to this in that….

Another point of significance in the extract is….

Again this relates to a point (later or earlier) in that…..

In that this extract comes from the (middle, start) of the text, it is interesting to think about how the writer first introduces us to….

In addition to learning the above method for approaching ‘extract to whole’ pupils should ensure they have a good command of the following:

Terminology for analysing Literature texts


For each set text:

  • Quotations
  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Themes
  • Context

Free revision guides:

Romeo & Juliet






The Tempest




A Christmas Carol






Great Expectations