Course Outline for Grade X,2009-10

Generation’s School

GCE O Level Literature in English

Course No 2010

Grade X

Mrs Najia Zaheer Nazir


Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

C.S. Lewis, British scholar and novelist


The following statement of aims describes the educational purpose of following this examination course in Literature in English. Not all of these aims can be translated readily into assessment objectives.

The course gives candidates the opportunity to:

(a) engage with and respond to literary experience;

(b) develop a critical appreciation of the writer’s craft through close textual study and

through wide reading;

(c) explore through literature the cultures of their own and other societies;

(d) explore literature as a means of emotional and intellectual growth.


  • Class participation: discussion, group work, collaboration and individual activities;
    • Discussion Guidelines: Discussion is key to this class and counts for a major portion of your grade.  Follow these general guidelines.
      • Do not speak if you have not read the text.
      • Disagree with ideas-not the person.
      • LISTEN as others are speaking and build on ideas.
      • Take notes-discussion points are given for citing and using ideas from class discussion in your journals.
  • Close reading: Reading prompts will be given by the instructor to help your comprehension of the drama and novel texts.
  • In-class writing: note taking, essay questions and other two general tasks given by the instructor: Impromptu-the objective of which will to gauge students’ learning profile and status of the assigned reading homework.,
  • Planned written assignments: As per GCE o level requirement of the course 2010,the students are to answer three types of questions: Passage based, essay type and empathic tasks. We shall use several student-written sample responses to facilitate you in forming your personal response. These will be timed, generally;
  • Outside writing: essays, research assignments and preparation of presentations.
  • Projects/Presentations: There will be presentations based on assigned reading of the novel/drama and/or on the thematically linked poems and WILL BE MARKED with the given marking criteria.


  • Recommended reading texts
  • Journal
  • A display file to hold handouts and research assignments
  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Blue /black ink


The formative breakup of the term has been laid out as:


The English Department of Generation’s School is very concerned of the issue of plagiarism.  Please be sure you understand the consequences for cheating or copying the work of another — from any source.

Cheating and/or plagiarism are regarded as very serious offenses.  Copying or paraphrasing material/text from the work of another student, from published sources (ie:  Cliff Notes, Spark Notes, books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and/or from the Internet without proper documentation constitutes academic theft.

Plagiarism “The unauthorized use of someone else’s material, which is then presented as being the result of the plagiarist’s own primary research, creative impulse or insight.  Plagiarism technically encompasses the borrowing of ideas of others, as well as their exact words….”  Laurie Henry, The Fiction Dictionary, p. 219.


Writing Rules applies to all writing including assignments


In your writing you are not allowed to use any form of the following words (doing so will

result in docked points). As the semester continues, words may be added to this list

(hence – the extra space to write them):

things ,very, stuff, you,  hope ,get

-in this paper I will, this paper is about, etc…

-May be…


-Every time you write a sentence, it must be complete. -Do not use pronouns with

out antecedents. -Do not start a sentence with because unless it is part of a

subordinating clause. -Do not end a sentence with a preposition.


-All paragraphs must have at least three sentences. -You will be introduced to

other types of writing – an opportunity to expand your writing beyond the five paragraph




As you sign the orientation Sheet in your first class , you will be required to submit your email id , along with your partner’s name ,who in case of any one of yours absence , will be asked to fill you up on the academic issues. Any makeup work is your responsibility. This includes quizzes, exams, journals or essays. It is up to you to set aside sometime before or after class (not during) to receive the necessary information If you have an excused absence, you are allowed to submit latest by the next class.

If you have any questions, or if anything seems unclear, please be sure to speak with me..


Though the course had been divided into four terms over the period of two years, the instructor feels it to be mandatory for the students to read the drama and novel texts before class discussions. However, for special emphasis, the texts will be divided into units of which reading prompts will be provided.

Your reading list is your choice, but you will need to schedule a conference with one of us before the end of September to discuss your choices.


Finally, please remember to bring the texts we are studying to class each day. Much time and energy is wasted by not coming to class prepared.  You will all go off to college and such an obvious oversight is not tolerated.  Respect yourself, your teachers, your classmates and the subject matter by being prepared for class each day.

Good luck with the year and in Literature in English course .  The hope is that you grow both academically, artistically and personally from participating in this class.  The instructor will do her part to make the class rewarding and enjoyable.  A wonderful and a successful year is being looked forward to.

Assigned texts for the examination in 2011:


from Songs of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English (Cambridge University Press ISBN-10: 8175962488

ISBN-13: 978-8175962484)

from Part 3 (Poems from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries) : Poems 96 to 109 inclusive, i.e. the following fourteen poems:

Thomas Hardy, ‘The Voice’

Allen Curnow, ‘Time’

Mathew Arnold, ‘Dover Beach’

Adrienne Rich, ‘Amends’

Ted Hughes, ‘Full Moon and Little Frieda’

Gillian Clarke, ‘Lament’

John Keats, ‘The Grasshopper and The Cricket’

Vachel Lindsay, ‘The Flower-fed Buffaloes’

Boey Kim Cheng, ‘Report to Wordsworth’

John Clare, ‘First Love’

Dennis Scott, ‘Marrysong’

George Gordon Lord Byron, ‘So, We’ll Go No More


Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 43

(‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!’)

Edna St Vincent Millay, Sonnet 29

(‘Pity me not because the light of day’)


Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte


Richard III by William Shakespeare


Please return to Mrs. Najia Zaheer Nazir by 15th August 2009:

I have read and understood the guidelines and procedures for Mrs. Nazir’s Literature class and have shared them with my parents.

Student’s name: __________________________________________________

Student’s signature: _______________________________________________

Parent’s Signature:________________________________________________


About Mrs. Nazir's Rhyme and Reason

Am I a bird for Maya Angelou? If yes, why do I and so many of you around me feel caged? why not free? Am I a free spirit, then?If yes, then why don't I locate my limits? Because I can see I have lost the way. The quest for enlightenment is taking me acknowledge just Him ..and this strife just becomes so rewarding and so assuringly peaceful when I see myself having adopted His favourite occupation- the one he designated to his prophets. What has obstructed this self -actualization so far?
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4 Responses to Course Outline for Grade X,2009-10

  1. Tazeen Nasir says:

    A rich resource for students & teachers globally, wil be a sadqa-e-jariah

    Well Done!

  2. aamna naim says:

    thanks teach! 🙂 though why didn’t you ever mention this in class?

  3. Ayesha Nasir says:

    This is good.

  4. affan rehman says:

    this is an excellent way to teach in my opinion and i hope other teachers continue upon this enriching and splendid way to teach you have introduced.
    This site is fabulous we really appreciate the effort Mrs. Najia.

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