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Poetry: linking structure to language in Blake’s London

Here’s the ‘board shot’ from this morning’s lesson. Remember we were trying to link structure to language so that we don’t just describe the poem’s structural features. This was a fairly simple example to illustrate an idea so I’ve developed it further for you below. Just describing the structural features of the poem is not… Continue reading Poetry: linking structure to language in Blake’s London

An Inspector Calls · AQA · AQA new specification · For Pupils · literature · Teaching Ideas

An Inspector Calls – The importance of Eva Smith

Eva Smith, it could be argued, is the most important character in An Inspector Calls: from the moment her name is first mentioned, her shadow hangs over every page. Indeed, when the play is over and we read back over those first scenes,  her presence can be felt from the very beginning: from Gerald’s evasive manoeuvres… Continue reading An Inspector Calls – The importance of Eva Smith

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William Blake’s London

This lesson stands as a one off. We focused on exploring language through Blake’s use of iambic tetrameter (four iambic beats per line – unstressed/stressed) and how the metre was broken by trochees to draw our attention to particular words/lines. We also looked at Blake’s original version which contains some capitalised nouns that are not… Continue reading William Blake’s London

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A Postscript to The Prelude …

In a previous blog, we looked at comparing The Prelude with Storm on the Island – see here Here are some examples of the essays the students wrote in response to an exam type question: Example 1: notice how the student compares throughout using those ‘coat-hanger’ statements (“both poets…”) to hang the ideas off. The first paragraph could… Continue reading A Postscript to The Prelude …

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Comparing My Last Duchess with Ozymandias

Here are the slides from this week’s lessons. The PPT is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8c2fmlz1vqopfv7/My%20Last%20Duchess%20form%20and%20structure.pptx?dl=0 We began with a short refresher on the poem: The next lesson was centred on the use of structural features – caesura in particular, so it’s worth thinking about what we mean by structure and form. This analogy was useful: This was a… Continue reading Comparing My Last Duchess with Ozymandias

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Let the context do the talking … A Christmas Carol

The recent AQA training on exemplifying the Literature standard threw up an interesting idea to help the more able students reach those top levels. The examiner suggested these as features of a level 6 student: A focus on the text as a conscious construct Setting out an overall argument and using the rest of the answer… Continue reading Let the context do the talking … A Christmas Carol