A. Objectives

  • To fortify students’ power of textual analysis and expression in speech and writing
  • To extend students’ exposure to, and interest in, works of literature
  • To develop students’ sensitivity in the study of literature which gives them insight into life as a whole
  • To help students foster, and demonstrate, their best potentials in the HKDSE


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B. Subject Teachers

Name of Teachers


Ms Bridget Ho (Panel Head)

F.3, F.4 & F.6

Ms Hermione Lai

F.3 & F.5

Mr Adam Dowler


Ms Karen Wong




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C. Assessment System

Weighting (%)
First Term
Second Term
Mid-Year Exam
Final Exam
Weighting (%)
First Term
Second Term
Mid-Year Exam
SBA proposal/ outline
Final Exam
Weighting (%)

F.6 First Term
Tests Final Exam 
Weighting (%) 30 70


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D. Assessment Syllabus


First Term


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: Chapters 1-3


1 unseen poem

Mid-Year Exam

-          The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

-          1 set poet & 1 unseen poem

Second Term


2 set poets & 1 unseen poem


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Final Exam

-          The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

-          2 set poets & 1 unseen poem


First Term


2 short stories


The Merchant of Venice: Acts I-II

Mid-Year Exam

-          4 short stories

-          The Merchant of Venice:  Acts I-III

Second Term


The Merchant of Venice


4 set poets & 1 unseen poem


SBA outline/ proposal

Final Exam

The Great Gatsby
The Merchant of Venice

- 6 short stories


First Term




Short story 



Final Exam

The entire HKDSE syllabus




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E. Subject Resources

Content Area Reading List



        Abbs, Peter and John Richardson. The Forms of Poetry: a practical study guide for

                   English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1990.

        Bloom, Harold. The Art of Reading Poetry. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2004.

        Heaney, Seamns and Ted Hughes ed. The Rattle Bag. London: Faber and Faber,1982.

        McRae, John. The Language of Poetry. London: Routledge, 1998.

        Padel, Ruth. 52 Ways of looking at a Poem. London: Vintage Books, 2002.

        Strand, Mark and Eavan Boland. The Making of a Poem. London: W.W. Norton &

                   Company, 2001.


Novel (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)

Bailey, James. Muriel Spark’s Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form.

Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021.

Bower, Anne L. “The Narrative Structure of Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”

The Midwest Quarterly, 31, 4, Summer 1990, pp. 448.

Carruthers, Gerald and MclIvanney, Liam, editors. The Cambridge Companion to Scottish

Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Gardiner, Michael and Maley,Willy. The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark. Edinburgh:

Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Jeffares, A. N. and Bushrui, Suheil, editors. York Notes on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Beirut: Longman & York Press, 1995.

Mullan, John. How Novels Work. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.           

Robb, David S. Muriel Spark’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (Scotnotes). Association for

Scottish Literary Studies, 1999.


Novel (The Great Gatsby)

        Bruccoli, Matthew. Ed. New Essays on The Great Gatsby. Cambridge: Cambridge

                   University Press, 1985.

        Chambers, John B. The Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. London: MacMillan, 1989.

        Eble, Kenneth. F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Twayne Publishers Inc., 1963.

        Hindus, Milton. F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Introduction and Interpretation. New York: Holt,

                   Rinehart and Winston Inc., 1968.

        Kazin, Alfred. Ed. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Man and His Work. New York: Collier MacMillan

                   Publishers, 1974.

        Mizener, Arthur. Ed. F. Scott Fitzgerald. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Inc., 1963.

        Piper, Henry Dan. Fitzgerald’s The great Gatsby: The Novel, the Critics, the Background.

                   New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1970.

        Way, Brian. F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction. London: Edward Arnold, 1980.


Short Story

        Bell, James Scott. Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure. Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books,


        Gardner, John. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. New York: Vintage

                   Books, 1991.

        Gioia, Dana and R.S. Gwynn. The Art of the Short Story. New York: Pearson Longman,


        Gwynn, R.S. Fiction – A Pocket Anthology. New York: Pearson Education, Inc., 2009.

        Kempton, Gloria. Write Great Fiction: Dialogue. Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 2004.

        Knight, Damon. Creating Short Fiction: the Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction.

                   New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1997.

        Kress, Nancy. Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles & Ends. Ohio: Writer’s

                   Digest Books, 1993.

        Kress, Nancy. Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint. Ohio: Writer’s

                   Digest Books, 2005.

        Noble, William. Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict, Action & Suspense. Ohio:

                   Writer’s Digest Books, 1994.

        Rozelle, Ron. Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting. Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books,



Play (The Merchant of Venice)

Bailey, Amanda. "Shylock and the slaves: Owing and owning in The Merchant of Venice."

Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 62, no.1, 2011, pp. 1-24.

Ludwig, Carlos Roberto. "Is The Merchant of Venice a Comedy or a Tragicomedy?" Letras de

Hoje vol. 56, no.1, 2021.

Lupton, Julia Reinhard. "Exegesis, Mimesis, and the Future of Humanism in The Merchant of

Venice". Religion & Literature, vol.32, no.2, 2000, pp. 123-139.

Newman, Karen. "Portia's Ring: Unruly Women and Structures of Exchange in The Merchant

of Venice." Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 38, no.1, 1987, pp. 19-33.

Spiller, Elizabeth A. "From Imagination to Miscegenation: Race and Romance in

Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice”. Renaissance Drama, vol.29, 1998, pp. 137-164.

Willson, Michael J. "View of Justice in Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice and Measure

for Measure." Notre Dame Law Review, vol. 70, No. 3, 1994, pp. 695.


Play (The Taming of the Shrew)

        Aspinall, Dana. Ed. Critical Essays: The Taming of the Shrew. New York and London:

                   Routledge, 2002.

        Bloom, Harold. Ed. Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations: The Taming of the Shrew.

                   London: Chelsea House, 1988.

        Bloom, Harold. Ed. Bloom’s Shakespeare through the Ages: The Taming of the Shrew.

                   London: Blooms Literary Criticism, 2007.

        Thompson, Ann. Ed. The New Cambridge Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew. New

                   York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.



        Bergan, Ronald. Film. London: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2006.

        Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies. 12th ed. New York: Allyn & Bacon, 2010.

        Hunt, Robert Edgar, John Marland and Steven Rawle. Basics Film-making: the language

                   of film. USA: AVA Publishing SA, 2010.


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