Winter Term

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What’s the point in telling stories that aren’t even true?
Salman Rushdie

Main Project: Extended Reading – Haroun and the Sea of Stories
We will begin this term by reading a selection of Egyptian, Norse and Greek Myths.  We will explore the nature of storytelling, focusing on its oral traditions and how best to engage an audience through use of expression, vocabulary and delivery.

We will then read Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a tale of magic realism about a boy searching for his father in a city so sad that it has forgotten its name. We will spend most of this term reading this allegory written from Salmaan Rushdie to his son during his fatwã.

Assessment Focus
Reading: Skills of analysis, inference, deduction, research, exploring authorial intent.


Thinking Focus and Extension
Critical Theory:
  What is intertextuality?  What is the nature of storytelling?  Why do we tell stories?  Why do we need stories?  What do writers create characters?  How do writers convey meaning?  What is the nature of allegory?  Why do writers use allegory?

In depth textual analysis, focusing on Metaphor, allegory and defamiliarisation we will explore how a writer’s use of figurative devices and allegory has an impact upon the reader and can influence the interpretation and meaning of a text.

There will be plenty of opportunities for Informal Debate where will explore character motives and themes of the novel, as all as the relevance of myths in the modern world.


haroun coverLanguage and Character
We will develop our skills of analysis, exploring why a writer may choose to use language devices in a given text and how this may affect the reader.  What are ‘stock’ characters?  How does Rushdie use/subvert given character types and narratives?

You may choose to read Luka and the Fire of Life; you should also research One Thousand and One Nights.

Why not create your own fairytale or myth following the conventions established in class?

Wider Reading, Speaking & Listening
We will be analysing non-fiction materials from a range of sources to help us understand themes and meanings within the novel.

Speaking & Listening:
We will use drama to re-enact some scenes from the novel, which you may choose to film and upload to your blogs.

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