Some spoilers here! Moonlight is haptic cinema. It touches the senses, immerses you in an embodied, tactile experience; it moves you, not just in an emotional sense but physically too. The swirling camera in the opening sequence is dizzying in its construction; it is a mobility that is disorienting and signals from the outset the… Continue reading Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
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
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em …. I’m going to try this in a revision lesson – here are a couple of examples – then get the students to work up their own for the other poems … It’s best to choose one word if possible, the shorter the better -an acrostic for The… Continue reading Revising poetry through acrostics?
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
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
So I suggested that for their Y8 war poetry projects, 8A4 could ‘get creative’. Here are the results: Some great war posters: Tyler went in for some replica shell-making! Chloe decided to make a nurse’s uniform: Jack and Jordan decided to build a battle field: As did Xavier, Jacob and Jamie! I think Noah tried to design… Continue reading Y8 war projects
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