AQA new specification · For Pupils · literature · poetry

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

AQA · AQA new specification · poetry · Teaching Ideas

The Prelude – William Wordsworth

The extract from The Prelude that we will read in class is, as the title suggests, part of a longer autobiographical poem (of the same name) which begins in 1798 and, amongst other things, describes Wordsworth’s time in France before and during that most momentous of events – the French Revolution. Wordsworth re-wrote and revised… Continue reading The Prelude – William Wordsworth

AQA · English · For Pupils · Spoken language · Uncategorized · viewpoint · Writing

Spoken Language Independent Study

Year 11 – here are the slides from the lessons this week. Remember: a) choose your articles carefully; don’t just print off Wikipedia. You need to have articles that have a clear point of view on the topic. (They don’t necessarily have to be opposing viewpoints, but it might help you in your comparisons). b)… Continue reading Spoken Language Independent Study

AQA · AQA new specification · For Pupils · Reading skills · structure · Teaching Ideas · Writing

Tickets, Please – the power of the preposition

I tried this extract – the opening to D.H. Lawrence’s Tickets, Please – with a small revision group. I chose it because of its long opening sentences which capture the breathless urgency of the trams that Lawrence describes (and become a character in themselves) in the text. Here’s the full text: This story, set during… Continue reading Tickets, Please – the power of the preposition

AQA · AQA new specification · Uncategorized · viewpoint

GCSE English Language paper 1: question 4

This is the 20 mark ‘critical evaluation’ question – the one where the question seems to be longer than your answer. But don’t worry – this question is supposed to be a chance for you to really show off your ability to connect with what a writer is trying to say and the effects they are… Continue reading GCSE English Language paper 1: question 4

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GCSE English Paper 1 Language Question

Here are some of your model answers to the language question on The Mist in the Mirror  (follow the link for the text) and some thoughts following our lessons last week. Here is the question again: Look at the section beginning “It was as I approached…” and ending with “stillness of the room”. How does… Continue reading GCSE English Paper 1 Language Question