Wednesday, 16 May 2012

THE PMR LITERATURE COMPONENT : NOVEL


·         1 open-ended question, requiring a simple personal response
·         Choose 1 novel and answer the question

1.      PLOT
For the exam, you must be able to:
i.        Remember  the story and tell it in your own words
ii.      List the sequence of events as they occur in the story

How to  remember a story:
·         Remember the pattern of events
·         Remember the chapter titles
·         Create your own mental pictures
·         Ask WH-questions
2.      SETTING
There are two types of settings; social setting and physical setting.
For the exam, you must be able to:
·         Remember where and when a certain event takes place
·         Say why it is important in the story
3.      CHARACTERS
There are two main characters and minor characters.
For the exam, you must be able to:
·         Describe the main characters’ physical appearance and character traits
·         Describe minor characters and their qualities
·         Associate key words with characters
·         Compare and contrast characters
·         Understand the relationship between characters
·         Make conclusions about characters
·         Narrate the effects of a character’s actions
4.      THEMES
This element refers to the main idea or concern in a story.
For the exam, you must be able to:
·         Explain the themes in the story
·         Draw conclusions about the themes
·         Connect the themes in the story to specific characters in the novel
·         Discuss and relate these themes to your own life and society as a whole
5.      MORAL VALUES
Moral values refer to the lessons that we can learn from the story. It linked to the themes of the book.
For the exam, you must be able:
·         Draw values and lessons from the text
·         Discuss the values found in the story
·         Relate the values to your own life and society as a whole
6.      POINT OF VIEW
Point of view refer to the angle or perspective from which a story or event is seen. In order to understand this aspect, as yourself the following question: Who is telling the story?  The author or one more of the characters?
There are two main points of view; the first point  person of view and the third point person of view.
For the exam, you must be able to:
·         State the point of view in a story
·         Make inferences and draw conclusions about the author’s point of view.

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