As requested, some sample responses to compare to your own writing. The grades are only approximate - but they are a *fairly* fair guess.
There is no example of a Full Marks LOTF response - but it may be useful to read the example anyway (even though the answer deals with another text, An Inspector Calls)
Best of luck
Dear all -
In order to excel in the exam, you need to:
Dr McCarthy's amazing blog will help you to do this - check it out here:
How to get the best from this:
1) Print out Dr M's notes on every poem - a new page per poem would be best. Clip into folder. Cover one a day - add four highlights of the most important analysis.
If you start TODAY - you will cover every poem by the end of April (with three weeks to go before the exam).
2) Try to include two points from Dr M in each poetry essay that you write from now on.
Make your paragraph from the revision session better than mine?
And post as a comment!
Dear All -
Check it - a playlist of study videos on the Conflict Poems.
More poems will be added - so check back...
Each poem has two videos:
How to use ...
1) As an in depth study tool to feel confident about each poem.
2) To help with poetry essays.
3) As a refresher before the exams - a bitesize poem every day.
4) To help make connections between poems - jump from video to video noting down common themes and techniques.
Making Successful Notes
You will want to make notes as you watch - so don't forget to PAUSE the videos.
To all amazing Year 11s - You are not alone.
Allow me to help you revise the Poetry for GCSE English Lit.
Click on the Poetry Page (link on the right) and enjoy ...
The focus here is:
These are what we're interested this time - so concentrate on them.
Task: 'Compare how the experience of conflict is explored in Charge of the Light Brigade and one other poem in the cluster' (I recommend 'Belfast Confetti')
Two paragraphs on Belfast Confetti and Charge of the Light Brigade please!
The 'deets' are right here in these powerpoints-
The poems are here -
And here is a model of how to answer ...
Dear all -
It's Valentine's Day - on that note, how does the theme of love fit into The Lord of the Flies?
As I said - you have three options. Please complete at least 2 of these before next Monday:
1) Produce a final version of your 'essay booklets' - designed to help others complete a perfect essay.
I have attached my version for Simon - feel free to steal the format and adapt it for you own title. Speaking of which, the titles are also attached.
Download Importance of Simon (Essay Booklet Template)
Felix did a really useful thing in his booklet (better than my original) in which he suggested an analysis of his quotations. Have a look at an example.
Chapter Two. Jack: “Ralph’s right of course. There isn’t a snake thing. But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it.”
Analysis: This comes in chapter two, in the first discussion about the beast. It shows the initial denial of the beast by Jack, but also the possibility of its reality and the promise by Jack to defend them from it. This introduces the image of Jack as someone who can protect the children from the beast.
Try and do a short analysis of each quote, picking up on the questions it creates and its implications.
Good, isn't it. We could take this a step further and zoom in on key words and their effect.
2) Complete an essay in 45 min (including planning) YIKES!
Choose the title from the word document above...
3) Quotation Bomb!
Find 6 SHORT (one or two words are best) quotations on each of the following:
Stick them up in one of the following locations:
Take a picture as proof and post as a comment (or e-mail to me, email@example.com)
This should help you to prepare for your Controlled Assessment in English.
Save and read these sheets - they are the most important:
In order to prepare for the assessment, you need to look closely at a scene from the play Henry V
You have one week to prepare for this assessment.
Dear Nao, Kevin and Chris
-Today, you have 1hr to complete your English Controlled Assessment.
-Please go to the library - the librarian has paper for you.
-You are only allowed your cover sheet and a copy of the speech in the Assessment.
Write 500-600 words on: Explore the ways Henry V is presented and developed by Shakespeare.
When you have finished, please give all of your pages to the librarian.