Marks of weakness, marks of woe. | thestableoyster

Marks of weakness, marks of woe. | thestableoyster

Some short, contextual comments on Blake’s ‘London.’
Blake’s Beginnings

William Blake’s London, nestled quietly between Shelley and Wordsworth in the AQA Power and Conflict cluster, doesn’t immediately shout of ‘power’ as Ozymandias does, nor of that churning, internal conflict that we expect from the quintessentially Romantic Prelude. It fits in this cluster perfectly, though. The depth of Blake’s internal conflicts; his own battles with religion, science, and the establishment; the compassion he harboured for the plight of the poor, and his own early experiences of poverty are all…

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Why I Love…Blog Series 18: Mametz Wood By Sheers | susansenglish

Why I Love…Blog Series 18: Mametz Wood By Sheers | susansenglish

Every time I teach this poem I uncover something else worth thinking about, which could perhaps be seen as symbolic, due to the nature of the ‘plough blades’ unearthing the secrets that the earth has kept since the men walked into the ambush in the woods. Sheers gives the previously unheard of and forgotten men of the Welsh regiment a voice and this is particularly poignant, as it is partially his heritage and interest in his homeland that inspires him, but also the idea that many men just like the brave forgotten soldiers would have been killed and buried where they died. There are many…

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Why I Love…Blog Series 18: Mametz Wood By Sheers | susansenglish

Why I Love…Blog Series 18: Mametz Wood By Sheers | susansenglish

Every time I teach this poem I uncover something else worth thinking about, which could perhaps be seen as symbolic, due to the nature of the ‘plough blades’ unearthing the secrets that the earth has kept since the men walked into the ambush in the woods. Sheers gives the previously unheard of and forgotten men of the Welsh regiment a voice and this is particularly poignant, as it is partially his heritage and interest in his homeland that inspires him, but also the idea that many men just like the brave forgotten soldiers would have been killed and buried where they died. There are many…

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Learning Points from @teacherhead Tom Sherrington’s Inset sessions at Backwell School | dhgenglishreflect

Learning Points from @teacherhead Tom Sherrington’s Inset sessions at Backwell School | dhgenglishreflect

I just thought I’d share a quick summary of a few of the excellent points from

Tom Sherrington’s recent Inset sessions that I attended at Backwell School, North Somerset recently. It was a mostly reassuring day for me personally, as many of the ideas and strategies he discussed I was aware of, being a keen reader of edutwitter and the latest books on pedagogy. My department are definitely moving in the right direction I believe! However, many of these tips around embedding learning, a knowledge led curriculum, and strategic planning were delivered with humour, humility and fresh insights…

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Baking Up an Essay – Analyse This Part 4 | nsmwells

Baking Up an Essay – Analyse This Part 4 | nsmwells

I’m going through a phase of wondering whether we’ve got hung up on the paragraph as the unit in an analytical response, as if every paragraph needs the same internal parts.

Writing an analytical response to literature should be more like baking a moist fruitcake than a dozen identical cup cakes displayed on a cake stand. There are ingredients which need to be evident during the response but not in every mouthful.

I’ve written about this previously here and here when I looked at the barriers to students crafting an analytical response and here when I looked at some potential faults in…

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