Memory Work

Probably the least exciting aspect of any course if the process of memorising text. I know, I know. It’s repetitive and dreary and incredibly difficult at times. Nonetheless, it is a necessity. If you haven’t got your quotes in your head for the exam, you aren’t going to score very highly. With that in mind, you should spend some time looking at the various activities … Continue reading Memory Work

Standard Grade – Close Reading Revision PowerPoint

Edited from this document from Calderside High School. Standard grade close reading – revision – with tasks View more presentations from Mister Connor. Continue reading Standard Grade – Close Reading Revision PowerPoint

Prelim Pointers

Following on from today’s feedback regarding the essays, these are the main points for you to address. With every quote you use, refer to the technique that is being used and say how it contributes to answering the question. (e.g. “Here, Hardy is using the cruel word choice of “master” and this has clear connotations of the power Alec has over Tess.”) Keep an eye … Continue reading Prelim Pointers

Standard Grade Writing DOs and DON’Ts

WRITING PAPER DON’Ts 1. Do not write any reports.2. Do not write a discursive or argumentative essay.3. Do not write an article.4. Avoid ALL questions that say “give your views”.   WRITING PAPER DOs   1. Write any question that asks you to write a short story. OR 2. Write any question that asks you to write about a personal experience. OR 3. Try any … Continue reading Standard Grade Writing DOs and DON’Ts

Lord of the Flies – Q&As #1

“Lord of the Flies”Chapter One – The Sound of the Shell 1) The boys are in a serious situation due to the imperfect nature of society which Golding wants to analyse.How have the boys landed in this situation? Find at least SIX pieces of evidence. 2) In the first chapter alone, much is revealed about the main characters.Write a brief character sketch for each of … Continue reading Lord of the Flies – Q&As #1

Lord of the Flies Q&As #2

“Lord of the Flies”Chapter Two – Fire on the Mountain1) Show, using quotation, how the different personalities of Ralph, Piggy and Jack are further developed in this chapter. 2) Why does Golding mention Treasure Island, Swallows and Amazons and Coral Island on p33?From your knowledge of the whole novel, explain the irony here. 3)Golding says the novel is largely symbolic.In the description of the setting, … Continue reading Lord of the Flies Q&As #2

Higher – Close Reading Techniques

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Lord of the Flies – Quotation – Revision

The exam is tomorrow morning, so here’s a quick revision tester – 20 of the most memorable quotes from the text. See how many you can remember… 1. “The creature was a party of boys, marching…”2. “‘We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages.”3. “‘You got your small fire all right.’”4. ” Simon found for them the fruit they could … Continue reading Lord of the Flies – Quotation – Revision

Higher – Last Minute Revision

Over the Easter holidays: the least you should have done is re-read the texts and glanced over your notes. This creates a good basis for your serious revision later. Memory is built up very effectively in layers so that every time you go over something it reinforces and adds to the last revision. The lead up to the exam: Serious revision is not ‘reading over’ … Continue reading Higher – Last Minute Revision

View from the Bridge – Essay Plan

Choose a play in which a central character behaves in an obsessive manner. Describe the nature of the character’s obsessive behaviour and discuss the influence this behaviour has on your understanding of the character in the play as a whole. IntroView from the Bridge – Arthur MillerPlay about family breakdown – Red Hook – New York – 50s – incest – forbidden desireRole of obsession … Continue reading View from the Bridge – Essay Plan

Analysis Questions – Some Tips

Re: Questions 2 types of listsThere are two kinds of lists:• closed lists• open lists. Difference between denotation connotation. Imagery• Simile1 Identify or quote the simile you are dealing with.2 Show how the literal and the figurative come together to create an effect.3 Say what the effect is. • Metaphor1 Identify or quote the metaphor you are dealing with.2 Show how the literal and the … Continue reading Analysis Questions – Some Tips

Unto Us…

‘UNTO US…’ Somewhere at sometimeThey committed themselves to meAnd so, I was!Small, but I WAS!Tiny in shapeLusting to liveI hung in my pulsing cave.Soon they knew of meMy mother – my fatherI had no say in my beingI lived on trustAnd loveTho’ I couldn’t thinkEach part of me was sayingA silent, “Wait for meI will bring you love!”I was takenBlind, naked defencelessBy the hand of … Continue reading Unto Us…

The Veldt: Sample Essay

Higher Critical Essay 2002 Short story exemplar “The Veldt” Task: Choose a short story with a dramatic or shocking ending. Show how the writer creates the effect and discuss to what extent it added to your appreciation of the text as a whole. In your answer you must refer to at least two of: structure, theme, language, characterisation, or any other appropriate feature. Ray Bradbury’s … Continue reading The Veldt: Sample Essay

The Veldt: Notes No. 6

Analysis Writing a well-crafted short story is not easy. To be a good short story writer, the writer must know how to use many literary devices. Because the finished piece will not be very long, each word must be carefully chosen to deliver the maximum impact. Edgar Allen Poe, master of the short story, believed that a good short story must provide a “single effect.” … Continue reading The Veldt: Notes No. 6

The Veldt: Notes No. 4

Style Bradbury followed this success with the publication of The Illustrated Man, another book that showcased his talent for writing in the short story format. The Illustrated Man was popular with critics and casual readers alike and has continued to be one of Bradbury’s most influential works. As Robin Anne Reid notes in her book Ray Bradbury: A Critical Companion, The Illustrated Man “is widely … Continue reading The Veldt: Notes No. 4

The Veldt: Notes No. 3

Historical Context Nuclear Proliferation and the Cold War World War II ended in 1945 when Germany and Japan surrendered to the Allied forces but, unfortunately, the war’s end set the stage for a major struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. These countries had very different goals for the post-World War II world. The United States supported free market capitalism while the Soviet … Continue reading The Veldt: Notes No. 3

The Veldt: Notes No. 2

Style Ambience Ambience is the emotional tone that pervades a work of fiction. In “The Veldt” Bradbury sets up a tense, oppressive ambience in the story through his use of description and dialogue. He conveys the hot, oppressiveness of the African veldt through specific descriptive passages such as “The hot straw smell of lion grass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the … Continue reading The Veldt: Notes No. 2

The Veldt: Notes No. 1

Themes Abandonment Abandonment occurs on two levels in Bradbury’s story. First, the children are figuratively abandoned by their parents when they are left in the care of a technological baby sitter. As the character of David McClean tells George, “You’ve let this room and this house replace you and your wife in your children’s affections. This room is their mother and father, far more important … Continue reading The Veldt: Notes No. 1

The Veldt – Quick Plan (Example)

Choose a novel or short story which has a particularly effective or arresting opening.Referring in detail to the opening, discuss to what extent it provides a successful introduction to the text as a whole.Intro:Title, author, dateGist of story – dehmanised family and effectEssay intention = Effect of opening on whole story Para 1Synopsis para:Nuclear familyProblem with technology – explain the nurseryIncreased neuroses of allIgnores cluesKilled … Continue reading The Veldt – Quick Plan (Example)