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Using images to practise summary and synthesis skills for Lang paper 2 question 2

Updated November 2017: the link to the resources is now here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dojccihmctyepyh/Comparing%20images.pptx?dl=0 A short blog on paper 2 skills. On a recent visit to a school, one of the English teachers talked about how they are using images to help develop synthesis and summary skills for paper 2. Inspired by this, I’ve put together a… Continue reading Using images to practise summary and synthesis skills for Lang paper 2 question 2

AQA · English · For Pupils · Language paper 1 · Reading skills · structure

Y11 – a reminder about Q3 structure (again…)

Structure is all about how the text is put together, why the writer has done it this way and the effects it has on the reader’s appreciation and understanding of the text. The question wants you to analyse the effects of the writer’s use of structure. You should refer to precise points in the text… Continue reading Y11 – a reminder about Q3 structure (again…)

A Christmas Carol · AQA · For Pupils · literature

Y11 – A Christmas Carol: some quotations

Here are some quotations from A Christmas Carol. Stave 1 He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone External heat and cold had little influence (description of Fred) his face was ruddy and handsome every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas should be boiled are there no prisons … are there no workhouses if… Continue reading Y11 – A Christmas Carol: some quotations

AQA · AQA new specification · English · literature · poetry

Revising poetry through acrostics?

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em …. I’m going to try this in a revision lesson – here are a couple of examples – then get the students to work up their own for the other poems … It’s best to choose one word if possible, the shorter the better -an acrostic for The… Continue reading Revising poetry through acrostics?

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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

AQA · AQA new specification · For Pupils · literature · poetry · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas

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