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NATE Conference material

Thank you to those who attended the ‘Using Film for Reading and Writing’ session at NATE today. For those who attended, I have uploaded the resources in Dropbox – email me (l.hanson@blueyonder.co.uk) and I will send you the link. I will make some of these resources available to others on an open link soon, but… Continue reading NATE Conference material

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…)

AQA · Language paper 1 · Reading skills · Revision · structure · Teaching Ideas

The Lie Tree – some ideas to help you answer the questions

The Lie Tree – some advice on answering the questions on the paper (see here) Question 1 Her six-year-old brother Howard twisted round, too slow to see the great bird, as its pale body and dark-fringed wings vanished into the mist. Faith winced as he shifted his weight on her lap. At least he had… Continue reading The Lie Tree – some ideas to help you answer the questions

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

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)

AQA · For Pupils · Language Paper 2 · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas · viewpoint · Writing

Language paper 2 – viewpoints: The Internet – good or a bad thing?

Following on from the idea of using images to practise paper 2 question 2, I dug up this little gem from some old resources that I used to use for media studies. It uses the old AOL adverts for the internet (voiced by the late John Hurt). At the time, I found them really useful… Continue reading Language paper 2 – viewpoints: The Internet – good or a bad thing?

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

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

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

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 little lesson which I will run with my year 11s as we… Continue reading Using images to practise summary and synthesis skills for Lang paper 2 question 2