Specifications that use this resource:

Teaching guide: Modern times - Literature from 1945 to the present day


A range of resources to help you plan your teaching and assessment for the Modern times: Literature from 1945 to the present day component of A-level English Literature A.

How to use these resources

If you haven't yet decided on whichtexts or text combinations to teach, the specimen assessment materials give youdetails about some of the aspects of Modern times the texts cover, which canhelp you decide. Don't forget to consult the specification for a list ofpossible aspects.

Once you have decided, these documents will help you to focusyour teaching on those aspects and to work towards the relevant exam questionin the specimen assessment materials. The exemplar student responses withmarking commentary act as models for the students and help you to assess theirwork.

Paper 2B, Section A

Paper 2B, Section B

Unseen extracts

These prose extracts can beused to develop students' unseen extracts essay writing skills, as theyconsider the representation of key aspects of the time period in a range ofliterary prose extracts.

Using these extracts studentswill:

  • be able to apply the knowledge gained doing the prose study to theanalysis of unseen prose extracts
  • understand the demands of A-level paper 2B, section B
  • learn how to structure a response to a practice exam question.