Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1 Tess’s father, Jack, learns from Parson Tringham that his family descends from the noble d’Urberville line. He proceeds to get hammered. Chapter 2 Tess is introduced, dancing at a May dance. She is dressed in white but wears a red ribbon in her hair. A middle-class boy joins the group but does not dance with Tess. Chapter 3 Tess’s mother tells of her … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Chapter Summaries

Figures of the late Republic and early Empire

Choose three of the following figures from the Roman Republic/ early Empire: Gnaeus Pompey Magnus Marcus Crassus Mark Antony Marcus Cicero Cleopatra Julius Caesar Gaius Octavius Livia Drusilla Make enough notes about them to be able to tell someone in no more than sixty seconds: When they were born/died; Where they were born/died; What position(s) they held in the Republic; Why they are a significant … Continue reading Figures of the late Republic and early Empire

Reflective Writing – Topics

Click the link below for a list of possible subject matter for a reflective essay. Reflective Essay Topics Remember, the subject matter is less important than the way you write it. Writing with personality and maturity is the single most important aspect of the task. Remember to talk about your thoughts and feelings, and how they evolved. Continue reading Reflective Writing – Topics

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Aeschylus

Notes from class:   “My appointed fate I must endure as best I can, knowing the power of necessity is irresistible.” – Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus “I suffer the unrelenting savagery of Zeus.” – Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus “Are there any in all this suffering world who endure what I endure?” – Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus   An essay on fate might begin…   “My appointed fate I … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Aeschylus

The Crucible – Essay Planning

Choose a play which deals with the theme of honour or shame or betrayal. With reference to appropriate techniques, explain how the dramatist presents the theme and discuss why it is important to your understanding of the play as a whole.   “The Crucible” is a play written by American playwright Arthur Miller in 1953. It explores the tensions that arise in a Puritan community … Continue reading The Crucible – Essay Planning

The Crucible – Quotations

Elizabeth: I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. ANALYSIS: Elizabeth uses a metaphor to explain that Proctor will not forgive himself, that she no longer accuses him of any crime, but he judges himself continually. Proctor: Oh, Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer! ANALYSIS: Proctor responds, again using hyperbole, suggesting that Elizabeth has been emotionally cold to him … Continue reading The Crucible – Quotations

Noughts and Crosses (cont.)

Years later, Sephy returns home from ______________ and decides to meet up with Callum but later she is ______________ by him and the LM. The LM’s second-in-command, Andrew Dorn, informs Kamal Hadley of where two of the LM members are while they are making phone calls. One is ______________, and the other is put in ______________. During a time alone, Callum visits a hurt Sephy … Continue reading Noughts and Crosses (cont.)

The Crucible – Act Three

Describe what the audience sees and hears when the scene begins. Why have Giles Corey and Francis Nurse come to intervene in the court proceedings? Why has John Proctor brought Mary Warren in the court? What is Parris’s opinion of John Proctor’s actions? How does Mary Warren explain her behaviour and that of Abigail and the other girls? What doe Proctor say is his reason … Continue reading The Crucible – Act Three

Noughts and Crosses (cont.)

Sephy has not heard from Callum for a week so she writes him a letter asking him to _________________ with her and telling him that she will be leaving for ______________ if he does not contact her. However, Callum has decided to join the LM, against the _____________ of his mother, and he does not read the letter until just before Sephy leaves. Callum sprints … Continue reading Noughts and Crosses (cont.)

The Crucible – Act One (in progress)

The Crucible – Act One – Quotations   “…just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character.” – Parris to Abigail In Salem reputation is extremely important. Establishes tension between father and daughter.   “Your name in the town – it is entirely white, is it not?” – Parris to Abigail Parris is keen to know … Continue reading The Crucible – Act One (in progress)

Noughts and Crosses (cont.)

Callum’s sister, Lynette, commits __________ by throwing herself in __________ of a bus. Only Callum knows that it was ___________, as Lynette had left him a secret _______________ that talks of her _______________ after an attack on her and her cross boyfriend. Everyone else thinks that it was a tragic _________. Jude and Ryan are accused of lethally _________ Dundale Shopping Centre.   Continue reading Noughts and Crosses (cont.)

Noughts and Crosses (2)

Sephy’s classmates do not accept her association with a _________ but Sephy does not care, and even sits at a table with noughts. This angers __________, but the two make up. Meanwhile, Callum’s elder brother, __________, and his father, Ryan, join the Liberation Militia (LM), a violent __________ organisation against cross supremacy. Jasmine becomes an __________, and threatens to __________ Kamal. Continue reading Noughts and Crosses (2)

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Topic Revision

Tess’s passivity Alec’s misogyny Angel’s hypocrisy Key theme – fate Key theme – the suffering of the weak at the hands of the strong (Darwinism) Victorian attitudes to women Victorian attitudes to the poor Symbolism – Red and White Symbolism – Animals Symbolism – sexual suggestion The natural world as setting Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Topic Revision

Added Value Essay Plan

Introductory Paragraph: What is the topic you are looking at? Which articles? Paragraph 1: What is the purpose of each article? How do you know? Paragraph 2: Summarise the main ideas in the first article. Paragraph 3: Summarise the main ideas in the second article. Paragraph 4: What techniques does the writer in the first article use to get his/her ideas across? Paragraph 5: What … Continue reading Added Value Essay Plan

Noughts and Crosses (1)

Persephone (“_______”) Hadley is a Cross, with _______ skin, and the daughter of a wealthy senior politician, Kamal. Callum McGregor is a nought, with _______ skin. They used to play together when Sephy’s mother (_______) employed Callum’s mother (_______), as a nanny. However, she was fired for being unable to provide an alibi for her employer. We do not know what she was expected to … Continue reading Noughts and Crosses (1)


From Class: Task 1 – Copy these words into your jotter, and write down what they mean (use a dictionary if you need to). Bigotry Bias Discrimination Ignorance Narrow-mindedness Stereotyping Misogyny   Task 2 – Write down the stereotypical characteristics of the following nationalities. Scottish English American French   Task 3 – In your own words, write down why you think it is wrong for … Continue reading Prejudice