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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?

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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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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

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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

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GCSE English Language Paper 1 revision – part two: structure

Okay – on to structure. In class, we thought about what the concept of structure meant. Here are some of the slides we used in the lesson. Some of you mentioned things like short sentences for effect. Remember that this sort of comment should really go in to your question 2 response. If you want… Continue reading GCSE English Language Paper 1 revision – part two: structure

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GCSE English Language Paper 1 revision: THE MIST IN THE MIRROR

In class this week, we’re beginning to look at English Language paper 1. The text we’re using is an extract from Susan Hill’s ‘Mist in the Mirror’. It’s a fairly ‘routine’ piece of atmospheric writing, the kind we expect from Mrs Woman in Black. However, it’s effective for its overall structure (which we will look… Continue reading GCSE English Language Paper 1 revision: THE MIST IN THE MIRROR

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Pyramid of Understanding

There’s a lot of twittering at the moment about lesson planning, over-planning, and convoluted ways of doing simple things. Some of the best I’ve read remind us of the transience of ‘new initiatives’ and the damage these cause to those of us (and I’m one of them) who feel their best is never good enough. As… Continue reading Pyramid of Understanding