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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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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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