Fearless – P.E.E. Paragraphs

Fearless is characterised by Galloway as a deeply unpleasant character, both physically and psychologically. E. She describes his walk as, “the clink and drag, clink and drag, like Marley’s Ghost, coming up the street.” E. The repetition conveys a sense of inevitability – the sense of Fearless drawing closer to the listener. This creates an ominous tone, a feeling of something terrible about to occur. … Continue reading Fearless – P.E.E. Paragraphs

Quick Technical Terms Test

For each of the following, give the technical term. “Boom!” He has passed away. That is well minging. Caesar was the first to wear the purple. And where do you think you’re going? After what seemed an eternity, they arrived. A chicken crossing the road is truly poultry in motion Betty bought a bit of butter… Each blade of grass was a tiny bayonet pointed … Continue reading Quick Technical Terms Test

Montmorency – CEL in Progress

Montmorency shows himself to be a dislikeable character when he steals from weak people. “Montmorency might have hopes of becoming a gentleman, but Scarper really wasn’t a very nice man.” Just after his first raid and he has robbed a beggar. This shows that he didn’t care who he hurt in order to get ahead. It is hard to feel sympathy for Montmorency when he … Continue reading Montmorency – CEL in Progress

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

As preparation for the podcast task:   Tess Durbeyfield is a positive role model for girls What do we mean by “role model”? Someone successful in their chosen field? Someone who overcomes difficulties? Someone who attempts to make the world a better place? Someone who does not give in when life seems against them? Someone willing to take a stand against injustice? What make a … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles


Notes from class:   Do teenagers suffer prejudice from adults? Introduction Anecdote – Parents’ night – very busy – lots of adults – PR exercise – lots of praise – the role of teenagers – is this an example of terrible teenagers?  Paragraph 1 Most adults think teenagers are: anti-social. Stay in their rooms Don’t talk to adults much But: playing outside with friends – … Continue reading Prejudice

“To A Mouse”

Notes from class: Socialism            Treating everyone the same way? “To A Mouse” is a socialist poem. The poem is based on an extended metaphor – the human character represents the rich, the mouse represents the poor. Burns makes it easy to sympathise with the mouse in the first stanza. He calls the mouse, “wee sleekit cow’rin’ timrous beastie”. This helps us to feel sympathy for … Continue reading “To A Mouse”


Notes from class   Do teenagers suffer prejudice from adults?   Introduction Anecdote – Parents’ night – very busy – lots of adults – PR exercise – lots of praise – the role of teenagers – is this an example of terrible teenagers?   Paragraph 1 Most adults think teenagers are: anti-social. Stay in their rooms Don’t talk to adults much But: playing outside with … Continue reading Prejudice

S1 Poetry

Notes from class Simile – Use of like or as in a comparison Anecdote – A story from our own experience Alliteration – Repetition of consonant sounds Metaphor – Saying one thing is another thing Onomatopoeia – Sound effects Personification – Comparing something non-human to  a human Meter – Syllable count per line Stanza – A paragraph Rhyme – Repeating sounds at the end of … Continue reading S1 Poetry

S1/2 Debating

Notes from class: Speaker 1: Introduce the argument – 60seconds What are the main points my colleagues will discuss? How should I introduce them? Over the next ten minutes or so, this house will argue that Santa Claus, to say the least, is not a responsible role-model. We will look at how his diet, his behaviour, his ideas of right and wrong, and his decision-making … Continue reading S1/2 Debating

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Quick Planning

Turning Point – Theme of fate Parson Tringham – Heritage The rape – “It was to be” The letter – “blighted star” The hives/ death of Prince – red symbolism Pheasants – shows Tess’s death Stone Henge – Altar Tragic character – Theme Sexism Tess’s parents – they see Tess as a route out of poverty Alec’s seduction – strawberries and the roses Angel’s idealism … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Quick Planning

Close Reading – The Comparison Question

Below is the link to the comparison questions we were looking at in class. Remember, try to structure your points: The first article… whereas the second article… For example, in the first article the writer says… In the second article, the writer says… close-reading-final-question-comparison-superheroes-rowling-fantastic-beasts Continue reading Close Reading – The Comparison Question

An Inspector Calls – Quotations

  “You’re squiffy” – Sheila to Eric (Act 1) Shows Eric/ Sheila’s brother/ sister relationship. Colloquial language set period. Shows Eric drinks too much.   “I speak as a hard-headed business man.” (Act 1) Word choice emphasises lack of feeling. Shows Mr Birling is hard-hearted. Shows pride in his hard-won success.   “If you don’t come down hard on these people they’ll soon be asking … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Quotations

Short Story Planning

Niamh – teenager; skinny; long hair; always wears a hat; favourite music is Guns n Roses; enjoys school; hates most people at school; likes learning; has to hide her intelligence; one good friend (Sandy); spends weekends reading or walking in the hills; enjoys hunting; very independent; close to her parents; doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life after school; enjoys science and literature equally; … Continue reading Short Story Planning

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Significant Moment

Choose a novel or short story in which there is a moment of significance for one of the characters. Explain briefly what the significant moment is and discuss, with reference to appropriate techniques, its significance to the text as a whole. The rape of Tess Durbeyfield is the keystone, around which all of Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel (“Tess of the d’Urbervilles”) is built. In this single scene, … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Significant Moment

Denarius of Claudius

Obverse: Laureate bust of Claudius, right. Text around TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P. Reverse: Winged Nemesis advancing right, lifting with her right hand the border of her robe to her face and holds out a winged caduceus with her left hand down to a serpent that is before her feet and is moving forwards. Text around PACI AVGVSTAE. History: Nemesis is depicted … Continue reading Denarius of Claudius

Tess – Ticky-Squeak Example

When Tess is raped, her life is taken in an entirely different direction. Alec forces himself upon Tess when she is asleep, showing how passive she is. While this happens, we are told that “upon her eyelashes there lingered tears”. Hardy uses a degree of ambiguity here – if Tess was asleep, she could not have been conscious of what was happening. The fact that … Continue reading Tess – Ticky-Squeak Example

Denarius of Caligula

Obverse: Bare head of Caligula (Gaius) right. Text around C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT COS . Reverse: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, flanked by two six-rayed stars. History: Upon the death of Tiberius on the 16th of March, 37 AD, the commander of the praetorian guard, a man named Macro, insured the smooth succession of Caligula to the imperial throne. The … Continue reading Denarius of Caligula

Persuasive Writing Planning

Notes from class: An end to crime would be a catastrophe for the United Kingdom Basic Arguments A huge number of industries depend on the existence of crime Insurance Police/ Prisons Repairs Rehabilitation/ Counselling Ending crime would result in mass unemployment Who wants to see a film set in a world without crime? At least 6 statistics The current police force employs 600,000 people Prison … Continue reading Persuasive Writing Planning

Mrs Midas

Notes from class… Duffy was inspired to write the poem by her friend, a war photographer. She felt the role of a recorder of atrocity was morally interesting. Each stanza ends with a rhyming couplet to give a sense of order – something which the photographer’s mind struggles to achieve. The photographer is compared to a priest as his work is considered extremely important – … Continue reading Mrs Midas