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Saving Section C: Unseen comparison poetry (AO2 only)

This week, we’ve been feeding back on the mock exam. We found the two section C poems for the comparison question quite difficult and for the comparison ended up talking more about the ideas in the poem than the language. We’ve called this our ‘Saving Private Ryan’ question: there were bodies everywhere with only a… Continue reading Saving Section C: Unseen comparison poetry (AO2 only)

For Pupils · literature · Macbeth · Shakespeare · Teaching Ideas

Y11 Return to Macbeth – Act 5 Scenes 2 and 3

Last week, we returned to Macbeth and decided to read some key scenes from act 5 for two reasons: firstly, we didn’t do this enough justice first time round (we ran out of time) and secondly it’s a good way to revise the play because we are constantly thinking back to how these scenes link… Continue reading Y11 Return to Macbeth – Act 5 Scenes 2 and 3

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde · For Pupils · literature · Reading skills

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – a strange case of abjection

Three definitions of the term ‘abjection’: Abjection: the state of casting out or being cast out. From the Latin abjectus, which means to ‘reject’ or ‘throw away’. Abjection according to French theorist Julia Kristeva: that which defies borders, the zone between being and non-being. It is filth and pollution, decay and the corpse. Abjection: Mr… Continue reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – a strange case of abjection

An Inspector Calls · AQA · For Pupils · literature · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas

Writing a critical paragraph – An Inspector Calls

This is the question: How important is Eva Smith to the play? For your homework, I asked you to write a couple of paragraphs in response to this question. Below is the paragraph that we did in class with the breakdown: Firstly, you need a strong opening sentence which signals to the examiner what your paragraph… Continue reading Writing a critical paragraph – An Inspector Calls

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?

AQA · AQA new specification · For Pupils · literature · structure · Teaching Ideas

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