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Writing Skills: English Language Paper 2 Question 5

You can skip the boring bits if you want and use the slides here: https://1drv.ms/p/s!AnpvBTL12aDNijdfIacMS01HHAfB Here’s a series of slides that might be of some use if you’re teaching writing skills for Language paper 2. I delivered this remotely to a whole cohort of Year 11s. The question is based on experiences of lockdown and… Continue reading Writing Skills: English Language Paper 2 Question 5

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Some lessons for GCSE English Language Paper 1

The link below will take you to a folder with some resources that I have put together based on GCSE English Language Paper 1, November 2018 (the ‘dinosaur paper’). The PPTs are focussed on the reading section: there are seven lessons with detailed advice on how to answer each question. There is also a lesson… Continue reading Some lessons for GCSE English Language Paper 1

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GCSE English Language Paper 1: using the evaluation question to help with ‘structure’

We know that students find the structure question on AQA’s GCSE English Language Paper 1 a difficult nut to crack. Here’s an example from June 2019: You now need to think about the whole of the source. This text is from the beginning of a short story. How has the writer structured the text to… Continue reading GCSE English Language Paper 1: using the evaluation question to help with ‘structure’

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Mood as a key concept in English: part one of three

A Contemplation of ‘Mood’ Whenever I think of the ‘mood’ of a text, I am reminded of The Fall of the House of Usher, for Edgar Allan Poe’s claustrophobic tale of premature burial, catatonic states, enervation, ennui, despair, and emotional as well as architectural decay, possesses a mood so utterly desolate that it is as… Continue reading Mood as a key concept in English: part one of three