American Literature essay presentation: OCR A level | jwpblog

American Literature essay presentation: OCR A level | jwpblog

This is a soundfile of an essay requiring students to work with Jefferson’s Independence declaration speech and to link it to the texts studied… The idea is to use it as a basis for discussion.

The essay is printed below the MP3.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.”

 

This statement made by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence is best…

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Tissue: Dharker, for GCSE… | jwpblog

Tissue: Dharker, for GCSE… | jwpblog

My twitter timeline has pulsed with tearful teachers reaching for their tissues – and I don’t blame them. This poem, a feature of the AQA anthology for GCSE is hard and seemingly impenetrable for many teachers, let alone students. In a closed book environment, it seems particularly testing and possibly a poem which will be approached by memorised ideas rather than a felt response. The poem is printed at the end of the article.

At first glance there is much one can say about the structure and form, yet it becomes trickier immediately to offer any coherent explanations for the assertions:…

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On bookcovers and Gatsby: setting expectations. | jwpblog

On bookcovers and Gatsby: setting expectations. | jwpblog

I have selected a few of the many bookcovers designed to help to sell Fitzgerald’s novel. With a text such as this, students are in an odd position: many will know of the text and some will have seen the film – DiCaprio version of course. Before we read, I like to engage them in discussion around the covers, to see if we can reach some form of consensus about the ideas and characters within.

We can do this with all of our texts – Huckleberry Finn is particularly effective – as a way of introducing the wider thought needed for A level study, after the rut of GCSE/IGCSE.

Here is my palette:…

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The Trick: Imtiaz Dharker for IGCSE unseen poetry. | jwpblog

The Trick: Imtiaz Dharker for IGCSE unseen poetry. | jwpblog

I have just been hosting a support class for some of my students – not natural English students, for whom an unseen is a bit of a nightmare -a blank page, a barrage of words and no teacher to lead the thought process. We worked on The Trick:

The trick

In a wasted time, it’s only when I sleep

that all my senses come awake. In the wake

of you, let day not break. Let me keep

the scent, the weight, the bright of you, take

the countless hours and count them all night through

till that time comes when you come to the door

of dreams, carrying oranges that cast a glow

up into…

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A level UNSEEN: USA lit for OCR. | jwpblog

A level UNSEEN: USA lit for OCR. | jwpblog

Here is a model response to a passage from Frances Harper’s Iola Leroy, written in 1892. I wrote this in 55 minutes and offer it as a starting point in discussion of the techniques required for A level unseens.

The passage is found after my writing.

The passage from Frances Harper’s novel Iola Leroy opens in medias res and plunges the reader directly into a conversation between two men, soon known to be slaves, which apparently concerns the quality of materials available at market. Later in the passage, the narrator offers some explanation to the reader of the content of the conversation…

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My blog: I blog because I am a teacher. | jwpblog

My blog: I blog because I am a teacher. | jwpblog

Last night my blog hit a milestone for which I have been waiting over the last few weeks – it has been a long time coming and certainly has not been a driving force behind my posts, but it has been a fascination.

1 million views.

How did this happen? I’ve really no idea, other than that it did.

Obviously people are visiting, using and returning because they find something to their liking. I blog as a teacher for students and teachers and hope to post resources in a number of forms to help students to improve and to save my teacher colleagues from the chore of wheel-reinvention. I do…

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On racism and the banning of Huckleberry Finn | jwpblog

On racism and the banning of Huckleberry Finn | jwpblog

Two essays on the topic of banning Huckleberry Finn: one for, one against. The task is the kind of task I like to set to draw ideas together from the teaching, whilst challenging the boys to explore and respond personally.

I hope you enjoy this.

Asher Weiss:

Your local government has announced a ban on the use of the text Huckleberry Finn in schools and ordered its removal from library shelves.

Write an article in response to this action in which you focus on analysis of Twain’s writing to dispel the idea that the text is ‘damaging to the youth of today’.

Last week, local government…

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Writing an OMAM essay for Edexcel IGCSE – explore the character of… | jwpblog

Writing an OMAM essay for Edexcel IGCSE – explore the character of… | jwpblog

In this ppt I am hoping to help my Y11 students approach the Prose section of the Edexcel IGCSE Literature paper – this one focuses on OMAM and the character of George. I try to make clear links between a series of contextual ideas, which might work for each character, and George which will result in satisfactory writing for both Assessment objectives. There is no language analysis needed in this question and my students seem reluctant to find and use relevant context.

I hope this is useful – at least the sample paragraphs at the end might prompt rich discussion.

explore the character of

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