An Inspector Calls · AQA · literature · Macbeth · Teaching Ideas

The Ladder of Abstraction Part Two: Responding to Literature

In the last post, I wrote about how we used the ladder of abstraction in a ‘disciplinary thinking’ session. In this short post, I will explain how the ladder can be used to help students develop more detailed responses to literature (or their reading in general). Remember that the ladder of abstraction is a way… Continue reading The Ladder of Abstraction Part Two: Responding to Literature

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The Ladder of Abstraction: Part One – Disciplinary Thinking

The Ladder of Abstraction I’ve been reading about S.I. Hayakawa’s ladder of abstraction which formed the central core to his 1939 book, Language in Thought and Action. It is a weighty tome and not without its critics, but the diagrammatic representation of the movement from the concrete to the abstract seems to suit the way… Continue reading The Ladder of Abstraction: Part One – Disciplinary Thinking

AQA · English · Language Paper 2 · Writing

AQA GCSE English Language: paper 2 question 5. Coherence and cohesion 1: importance of planning

I’ve been working with my Year 11s on their AQA GCSE English Language paper 2 writing question. Before I talk about what we’ve been doing, let me share what I’ve told students not to do: they don’t need to worry about sub-headings, columns, by-lines, standfirsts, or even headlines. And don’t draw any pictures! These are… Continue reading AQA GCSE English Language: paper 2 question 5. Coherence and cohesion 1: importance of planning

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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