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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…)

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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

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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

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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 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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Y11 Macbeth – structure and masculinity in 4.3

It’s time we talked about structure again. This week, after we have watched a chunk of the play, we will be looking at act 4 scene 3. Not only does this get us away from the claustrophobic atmosphere of Macbeth’s castle (notice how much of the action is staged here) but it also gives us… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – structure and masculinity in 4.3