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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

An Inspector Calls · AQA · For Pupils · literature · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas

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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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

An Inspector Calls · AQA · AQA new specification · For Pupils · literature · Teaching Ideas

An Inspector Calls – The importance of Eva Smith

Eva Smith, it could be argued, is the most important character in An Inspector Calls: from the moment her name is first mentioned, her shadow hangs over every page. Indeed, when the play is over and we read back over those first scenes,  her presence can be felt from the very beginning: from Gerald’s evasive manoeuvres… Continue reading An Inspector Calls – The importance of Eva Smith

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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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Let the context do the talking … A Christmas Carol

The recent AQA training on exemplifying the Literature standard threw up an interesting idea to help the more able students reach those top levels. The examiner suggested these as features of a level 6 student: A focus on the text as a conscious construct Setting out an overall argument and using the rest of the answer… Continue reading Let the context do the talking … A Christmas Carol