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Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts [25%]
You must complete a task on two linked texts. These are a play by Shakespeare and a heritage prose text.
If you have studied Shakespeare for Unit 2, you must still study a drama and a prose text for Unit 3, but only one of these two texts has to be a heritage text. (This can be a second play by Shakespeare, but it must not be the play chosen for Unit 2. Alternatively you could study one of the contemporary drama texts prescribed for Unit 2 alongside your heritage prose text.)
Refer to Appendix 2 of the specification for the tasks for unit 3.
Three options are provided for the task.
Each option is divided into two tasks.
Task (a) requires candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the text in its context and is worth 10%.
Task (b) requires candidates to show their knowledge of both texts while comparing writers’ ideas and themes, and showing awareness of context and is worth 15%.
You should be able to:
- read and understand your chosen texts;
- use details from the texts to illustrate interpretations;
- analyse connections between texts;
- compare and contrast the presentation of themes, characters and settings;
- evaluate the different ways the writers achieve effects; and
- relate texts to their social, cultural or historical contexts.