SS1 Literature in English Scheme of Work

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About SS1 Literature in English Scheme of Work

Transitioning from Junior Secondary to Senior Secondary Literature, students expand their foundational knowledge by delving deeper into complex themes, advanced literary analysis, and diverse global perspectives, enhancing their literary appreciation.

The Lagos State unified scheme of work for SSS1 in Literature in English covers the basics of literary appreciation, approaches to analyzing literary texts, and the concrete elements of literature such as plot, theme, style, mood, diction, and literary devices. Students learn to identify and differentiate between the major genres of literature and their distinct features

In prose, students read and analyze various texts, focusing on elements like narrative techniques, character development, and thematic concerns. Poetry lessons involve studying the structure, themes, and devices used in poems to evoke emotions and convey deeper meanings while the drama sessions include reading and interpreting plays, understanding dramatic techniques, and exploring character interactions and stagecraft.

Assessment Guide

In senior secondary school 1, students are assessed in Literature in English based on the school’s prerogative. However, typically, they are evaluated through tests or quizzes (Continuous Assessment Tests), practical literary exercises,  and end-of-term exams.

Grading follows a scale from A to F, with A representing excellent performance, typically scoring around 70% or 80%, and F indicating failure, usually below 50% or 45%.

SS1 First Term Scheme of Work for Literature in English

 Literature in English Scheme of Work for Senior Secondary Schools 1(SSS1)
 ClassS.S.S 1
 SubjectLiterature in English
 TermFirst Term
1Introduction to literature1.Definitions of literature.
ii. Functions of literature.
2Literary appreciation1. Meaning of literary appreciation.
i. General appreciation of literature.
3Literary device I1. Figures of speech (meaning and examples). e.g. smile, metaphor, irony, personification, oxymoron.
4Literary device II1. Figures of speech:
i. Euphemism.
ii. Alliteration.
iii. Hyperbole
iv. Allusion.
v. Assonance.
vi. Paradox,
vii. Repetition.(meaning and examples.
5Genres/ branches of literature.1. Brief introduction to the three genres of literature.
-Prose (divided into chapters)
-Poetry (divided into stanzas).
-Drama (divided into acts and scenes).
6Prose I (literary prose).1. Different forms of prose.
(a). Literary prose.
(b). Non-literary prose.
Literary prose. i. Fiction. ii. Dramatic prose. Fiction;
1. narrative.
2. Descript.
3. Exposition.
4. Dialogue.
7Prose II (non-literary).Different forms of prose:
Non-literary prose, it can be divided into two; i). Factual ii. Persuasive.
(a). Factual-(i). Scientific prose ii. Journalistic prose.
(b). Persuasive-(i). Propaganda text. (ii). Advertisement.
8Poetry I1. Kinds of poems (meaning and examples).
2. Some examples are lyric, ballad, sonnet, epic, narrative poem.
9Poetry IIOther kinds of poems are Ode, elegies, blank verse, free verse, lullaby.
10Drama.Forms of drama.
-Brief introduction to the three forms of drama:
i. tragedy ii. comedy. iii. tragic-comedy.


SS1 Second Term Scheme of Work for Literature in English

 TermSecond Term
1Drama.1. Features of drama; Drama
-cast, aside, playwright, dramatist plot, flashback, suspense, soliloquy
2Drama II1. Features of drama continues
-Protagonist, Antagonist, tragic flaw, tragic hero, dialogue, character/characterization, climax, conflict, prologue, epilogue, diction.
3African drama: Frank Ogodo Ogeche’s harvest of corruption.Background of:
(a). The playwright. (b). The text.
(2). Setting.
(3). Diction.
4Textual analysis of harvest of corruption.Acts and scenes summary of the play.
5Textual of harvest of corruption.Acts and scenes summary of the play.
6Textual analysis of harvest of corruption.1. Emphasis on.
i.Themes. ii. Plot. iii. Character/ characterization. iv. Dramatic technique.
7Non-African poetryWilliam Morris. The proud kingBackground of:
i. The Poet. ii. The Poem. (a). Subject matter. (b). Structure.
8Poetic analysis of ‘the proud king.Emphasis on:
ii. style(diction, mood, tone, imagery, symbolism, poetic devices.
9African poetry Birago Diop vanity.Background of: i. The poet.
(a). Subject matter. (b). Structure.
10Poetic analysis of Birago, Diop,vanityBackground of: i. The poet. (a). Subject matter. (b). Structure.


SS1 Third Term Scheme of Work for Literature in English

 TermThird Term
1Prose.Element of prose fiction.
i. Subject matter ii. Plot. iii. Character/characterization iv. Setting. v. Theme
2African prose
Amma Darko’s faceless.
i. The Author. ii. The text. iii. Theme(s). iv. Setting. v. Diction
3Textual analysis of faceless.Chapters by chapter summarized of the text.
4Textual analysis of faceless.Chapters by chapter summarized the text.
5Textual analysis of faceless.Emphasis on; 1. Theme(s). 2. Plot. 3. Characterization. 4. Narrativetechnique.
6Non-African poetry
William Blake the schoolboy
Background of:
(a). The poet. (b). The poem. (c). Subject matter.
7Poetic Analysis
William Blake the school boy.
Emphasis on the;
i. Theme(s). ii. Structure- rhyming scheme and rhyme.
8Poetic analysis of William Blake “the school boy.Style (poetic devices, diction tune, mood and image symbolisms).
9African poetry, Gabriel Okara’s “piano and the drums.Background of:
i. The poet. ii. The poem iii. Subject matter. iv. Structure rhyme and rhyming scheme.
10Poetic analysis of Gabriel Okara’s “piano and the drum”.Emphasis on:
i. Theme(s). ii. Style (diction,mood, tune. iii. Symbolic poetic device.


Recommended Literature in English Textbooks for Senior Secondary School 1

The recommended Literature in English textbooks for SSS1 include but are not limited to the following:

SSS1 First Term

  • Trapped in Oblivion by Ifeoma Theodore 

KEE Foundation SS1 

  • I Beg Your Pardon by Michael Igwebuike Nwaesei

 African Novels Publishers

  • Against the Tide by O.X Ozoudeokpoko 

Charles Crystal 

  • Death and The King’s Grey Hair by Denja Abdullahi 


SSS1 Second Term 

  • Treasures in the Wind by Odili Ujubuonu

Jalaa Writers Collective 

  • Shadow of the Tree  by Chukwujekwu L. Okafor 

Eagleman Books 

  • All That Glitters by Chris Mario Umegbolu

Frermacel Publishers

  • Fatal Decision by Nzekwe Tochukwu Kenneth 

Vintex -N Publishers  

  • Holy Able by Okwudili Nobert Oguegbu

 Ferroos Publishers 

  • The Saints by Tade Adegbindin 

Extension Publishers 

SSS1 Third Term

  • The Bee Chase by John Anakwenze 

Ben Samson Publisher  

  • The Goldmine of Honesty by Godspower Chukwuwuike E. 

House Miradee Concept 

  • Fruitless Ambition by Onyekachi Ekwueme 

 Pacific Publishers

  • Kingdom of the Mask by Chikwendu P.K Anyanwu 

Anchor Books Publishers 

  • The Prodigal Daughter by  Ogbonna mark 

Pacific Publishers

  • Arrows of the Rain Okoro by Okey Ndibe

Books Craft Ltd 

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