Survey results highlighted the most popular Advanced and Standard texts for this module, with Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' being the most popular for Standard and the poetry of T.S.Eliot and 'Henry IV, Part 1, the favoured options for Advanced. Eliot has been a long-time favourite and Shakespeare's history play is easily switched from the old Module C -People and Politics to a 'critical study'. Teachers are fortunate in the vast array of resources that are available for both options and the film'Good Night and Good Luck' which also works wonderfully as a 'critical study'. We now however must ensure that 'opportunities' are given for students to critically and creatively 'engage' with their texts. I can remember 'Features of a Module B Response', created by Bronwyn Steel and Marilyn Pretortius at a 2009 AIS conference, outlining what was required. Teachers and students found that daunting enough, validating the anxiety about what this first exam will look like, especially for Module B.
In coming weeks, I will uploading some Module B resources and welcome comments about the texts you have chosen and how you are addressing the new syllabus prescriptions. I have attached a useful resource with tips for the skills required for a 'Critical Study of Text'.