How to choose a related text for English Advanced

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How to choose a related text for English Advanced

In English Advanced, the selection of a related text for English Advanced is a critical task, demanding meticulous consideration and thoughtful analysis. As per the Common Module of the English Advanced syllabus, students delve into the multifaceted representations of individual and collective human experiences across various forms, modes, and media. Through an exploration of language's role in shaping these representations, students are challenged to engage deeply with texts, deciphering their nuances and extracting insights that resonate with the complexities of the human condition.

To embark on this journey effectively, students must be strategic in their choice of related text. Here, we'll dissect the process of selecting a related text, aligning it with the expectations outlined in the syllabus, and providing a curated list of texts across diverse forms.

Understanding the Criteria:

The syllabus delineates several criteria guiding the selection of related texts:

  1. Diversity in Form: To demonstrate an insightful understanding of different textual constructions, students should choose texts that span various literary forms such as prose fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, film, and media.

  1. Literary Value: Related texts should possess literary merit, be recognised for their contribution to the literary landscape and be distinguished by their use of distinctive textual features.

  1. Alignment with Module Themes: Related texts must align with the overarching themes of the Common Module, focusing on representations of human experiences, emotions, and qualities across diverse contexts.

5 hot Tips for choosing the Best Texts

  1. Identify Themes and Motifs: Begin by identifying key themes and motifs prevalent in the prescribed text. These may include themes of identity, power, conflict, resilience, or societal norms.

  1. Research and Exploration: Conduct thorough research to explore a breadth of related texts across different forms. Delve into literary databases, consult reputable literary critics, and engage with peers to broaden your scope.

  1. Textual Analysis: Undertake a close analysis of potential related texts, examining their language, structure, stylistic features, and thematic resonance. Consider how these elements contribute to the portrayal of human experiences and emotions.

  1. Personal Connection: Reflect on your personal experiences and worldview. Choose a related text that resonates with you on a profound level, fostering a deeper connection and enhancing your ability to analyze and interpret its themes.

  1. Diversity and Balance: Ensure diversity and balance in your selection of related texts. Opt for texts that offer contrasting perspectives, cultural insights, and stylistic variations, enriching your understanding of textual diversity.

Curated List of Related Texts:

Prose Fiction:

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison

"The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy

"The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger


"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot

"Selected Poems" by Emily Dickinson

"Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman


"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams

"Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett

"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller


"The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois

"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu

"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank


"Schindler's List" directed by Steven Spielberg

"Pan's Labyrinth" directed by Guillermo del Toro

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" directed by Michel Gondry


"Bowling for Columbine" directed by Michael Moore

"Blackfish" directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

"13th" directed by Ava DuVernay

Selecting a related text for English Advanced necessitates a keen eye, guided by the direction outlined in the syllabus. By navigating the selection process with tact, students can unearth texts that not only complement the prescribed text but also deepen their understanding of human experiences and the art of representation across diverse literary forms.

Remember, your year starts with the Common Module and its related text—choose wisely, and show off your worldly insights in your Task 1!

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