What’s happened to the moving image? About ten years ago, I attended a course which advocated the combination of English and Media Studies as a viable alternative to the usual GCSE English Lang/Lit combination and being the sponge that I was, I took this straight back to school and promptly put in place a plan… Continue reading Moving (away from) image…
I’ve just seen Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang and felt incredibly moved by both the narrative itself as well as the beautiful aesthetics that Erguven employs to help point up the contrasts between freedom and constraint. I therefore must take some issues with Nick Pinkerton’s otherwise informative review in this month’s Sight and Sound. Nick… Continue reading Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven)
I’ve often tried to reinforce with students the idea that that they don’t have to write about every line in the poem and the old cliche ‘a lot about a little’ never seems to go out of date. I spent some time in revision sessions just working on three or four key lines from across… Continue reading Poetry – two lines at a time
Socratic talks are a great way to get students to TALK deeply about a subject. You might think that they restrict contributions from other members of the class outside the ‘talk group’ but as long as you have some meaningful tasks for the ‘observers’ to focus on then you can ensure that learning becomes a… Continue reading Socratic talk – Jekyll and Hyde
So our research blast was pretty successful today. We put 5 pieces of poster paper around the classroom and on each we wrote one of the headings (see below):Pupils were given ONE category to research and 30 minutes to do it. As soon as they found a relevant idea from the research, they had to… Continue reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – research blast
In class, we had a great discussion on this passage from the novel (I need to stop calling it a novel – it’s actually a novella, or a short novel). Whilst reading the passage, I asked the class to underline ONE word per line, the word that they think stands out like a neon… Continue reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – still thinking about AO3 and extract to whole
Here are your posters with all the annotations of the city streets image. And here is the example we wrote on the board. Remember our little phrase: paint the background then fill in the details…
We did a ‘silent discussion’ on this extract from A Christmas Carol. Really, we wanted to explore Dickens imagery, so I encouraged pupils to draw pictures as well as write notes, observations etc.
Here are your responses to the final chapter. There are some fantastic ideas here – lots of supporting quotation, critical evaluation and opinions on the text.
AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives Resources Street Life by Sophie Haycock (from AQA GCSE English Language paper Unit 1H – November 2012) Night Walks by Charles Dickens (nineteenth century non-fiction) Both texts describe the experiences of a writer/journalist who deliberately spends some time on the streets to experience the life of… Continue reading GCSE English Language Paper 2