Sample text selections for Drama
Choosing texts for Drama
How to choose the right combination of texts for your class so that they will enjoy their genre study but also have a variety of possibilities for answering the questions they face in the exam? The PLA gives you a wide range of choices: considering your options and working out the possibilities for comparison given by different combinations can be a time-consuming - but quite enjoyable - business.
The following are sample text combinations to give you some idea about the thinking that can go into selecting the texts for your class. There is one for each level.
These selections are not being held up as any better than the many other combinations you could select from the PLA but they are choices that have worked with classes in the past, both in terms of giving a rich and engaging learning experience about the genre concerned, and in terms of success in the final examinations.
A reminder of the advice from examiners:
"Choice of texts does need very careful consideration, given that candidates will have to write comparatively. Teachers preparing candidates for this paper should ensure that they are alert to a variety of possibilities for comparison, not just in terms of broadly comparable content but also with reference to stylistic features and authorial intent."
May 2015 Subject report, English A Literature Time Zone 1
Selection 1: Drama at HL
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Thoughts on this combination: