Songs of Ourselves

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Songs of Ourselves is a poetry set text for the 0475/0408 IGCSE English Literature Exams from  2021-2024 

Parts of Songs of Ourselves Volume 1 are set for study in Cambridge IGCSE, O Level and Cambridge International AS & A Level Literature syllabuses. The anthology includes work from over 100 poets, combining  famous names such as William Wordsworth, Maya Angelou and Seamus Heaney with lesser-known voices. This helps students create fresh and interesting contrasts as they explore themes that range from love to death.

This course is being taught as a group workshop during specific times of the academic year, in correlation with exam dates. 

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What Will I Learn?

  • Make effective literature notes and mind maps
  • Understand genre specific literary devices
  • Explore effects created by the writer’s use of language devices and narrative style
  • Link ideas to essay questions in an insightful manner
  • Unique question-specific strategies
  • Exam techniques practiced through extensive question practice and personalised feedback
  • Time management strategies

Topics for this course

8 Lessons

Extract-based Essay

Ability to reference and quote from the text
Characters, situations and themes
Authorial purpose and writer’s use of language
Personal Response

General Essay

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for Grade 9 and 10 students who are studying the CIE IGCSE, Edexcel and GCSE curriculums and have this literature text as part of their exams.

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