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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 · For Pupils · Language Paper 2 · Reading skills · Revision · Teaching Ideas

Travel Writing for GCSE English Language Paper 2

In the summer, I came across Rebecca Lowe’s compelling account of her recent bicycle ride across Europe and the Middle East: you can read her fascinating blog, The Bicycle Diaries, here. Her writing is evocative, personal but also accessible. Some of the content might be a little adult, so a little editing might be in… Continue reading Travel Writing for GCSE English Language Paper 2

film education · Films · Hitchcock · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas · Writing

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)