Teaching Structure for the new English GCSEs | shropshireenglishtutor

Teaching Structure for the new English GCSEs | shropshireenglishtutor

Interesting reading for those teaching ‘Structure’ at GCSE level. A subject some students struggle with. I’ll be posting my own thoughts on strategies for teaching structure shortly.

Mark Roberts Teach

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a while. I spent most of Year 11 gained time in the summer thinking about structure. Then creating a monster Powerpoint and resources booklet on analysing structure. I was going to write a blog then but Chris Curtis (@Xris32) knocked out a typically sensible, clever and detailed post all about structure here.

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Why bother with complex terminology? | markrobertsteach

Why bother with complex terminology? | markrobertsteach

It began as a mistake. The other day, I went to an AQA GCSE English language feedback meeting. I shouldn’t have gone. Like a bruised rib that you can’t resist poking, or a declining TV series that you give just one more chance, I rarely find anything other than discomfort from these things. But, I felt I had to go. I wanted some answers. It’s a tough job, speaking on behalf of a huge organisation, fielding difficult questions from annoyingly opinionated people like me. I wanted reassurances that steps were being taken to avoid this year’s marking fiasco , which saw a frantic rush to mark…

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Why I love…Strategies for stretch and challenge | susansenglish

Why I love…Strategies for stretch and challenge | susansenglish

Previously, I was responsible for Gifted and Talented students across the school (in my last school) and implemented lots of different strategies, put in place homework to challenge and created the whole school policy on how we promoted learning for the highest ability or the most able. I’m really pleased that we don’t tend to use these labels anymore; however there is still an important need to be thinking about how we can challenge the students in our class. I strongly believe that if we teach to the top in every lesson and have high expectations of all students we can begin to address the…

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Eruption | nsmwells

Eruption | nsmwells

They weep, they flare up, they turn angry. Sometimes they even erupt in a fit of rage. They are filled with emotion and play on emotions: spots. Acne, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, whelks, blemishes, zits – these are the thing of the teenage nightmare.

Spots aren’t great for many things, apart from Patsy Palmer’s career and as a metaphor for quotation selection.

In the days of my adolescence, I was fortunate to only rarely be visited by the zits. Mostly, and again luckily for me, these were relatively pathetic little things. However, as is invariably the case, the most furious,…

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Curley’s Wife | Mrs P

Curley’s Wife | Mrs P

This is a copy of a letter sent by John Steinbeck to the actress playing the part of Curley’s Wife in a stage adaptation of Of Mice and Men.

Steinbeck offers Curley’s Wife’s ‘backstory’ as he imagined it. This gives an interesting insight, particularly in terms of her sexual experiences.

 

To Claire Luce                                                                                                   Los Gatos [1938]

Dear Miss Luce:

Annie Laurie says you are worried about your playing of the part of Curley’s wife although from the reviews it appears that you are playing it…

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Curley’s Wife | Mrs P

Curley’s Wife | Mrs P

This is a copy of a letter sent by John Steinbeck to the actress playing the part of Curley’s Wife in a stage adaptation of Of Mice and Men.

Steinbeck offers Curley’s Wife’s ‘backstory’ as he imagined it. This gives an interesting insight, particularly in terms of her sexual experiences.

 

To Claire Luce                                                                                                   Los Gatos [1938]

Dear Miss Luce:

Annie Laurie says you are worried about your playing of the part of Curley’s wife although from the reviews it appears that you are playing it…

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Two simple words to counterpoint an idea | Xris32

Two simple words to counterpoint an idea | Xris32

I think we can simply forget the simplicity of words when describing texts. We often go for the big, meaty ideas. We love a catch phrase or a nice slogan to wrap up an idea in writing. We often use sound bites or we peg words to ideas as we teach them. Look this idea here is an exploration of the sublime. And, this one is an example of the macabre. And, that one there is a cliché. We happily peg words to our ideas. However, ideas need to bash against different ideas and shouldn’t stand on their own like at dad watching his son playing football.  
Take the words ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’. A…

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