You might be thinking, 'What an outlandish statement! How can GCSE English possibly be fun?' Well, let me tell you why - because watching movies and being an active user of different media forms can actually help you on your way to success!
The challenge that many students face when it comes to...
The beauty of poetry lies in its lyrical, resonant and abstract language and the gift of the 'poetic licence'. As long as you can justify your reasons and responses using the P.E.E.E paradise formula, the marks are yours. It is your interpretation that counts. Remember to SMILE ( Structure,...
Revision session on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
1. Assessment Objectives (AOs)
Remember: Assessment Objectives assess skills and knowledge.
How question key words assess your skills and knowledge on the text.
AO2 = WRITERS’ TECHNIQUE
How the writer uses language, form...
You may think The Oxford English Dictionary is not a book an experienced student of the English Language and Literature may take the trouble to carry around with them, especially with the easy access to spellchecker and thesaurus software in word processors. "I'm not learning the language," you...
Aims:- To ensure the student has knowledge of the historical context of both the American civil rights movement, at least a decent understanding of slavery in America (golden triangle etc), and of post-civil war pre-civil rights movement racial hierarchies, especially in Southern society.- To...
Tackling an extract question in your GCSE English exam can be daunting. We’ve all had those fears – what if I don’t recognise the extract they’ve chosen? What if I can’t find anything to say about it? It’s natural to be anxious, but the key to success is to keep calm...and read! In this article,...
‘D’ in the English mock exam? Only a couple of marks (perhaps just one!) from that all-important ‘C’ grade? Here’s something that will get you over that hurdle – using connectives to improve your sentence structure and punctuation. It’s a great technique that carries a ‘double...
There are the THREE instances where you will encounter an apostrophe. It is important that you learn to recognise these. Once you know the THREE types you will be able to use the apostrophe confidently.
Bear in mind that an apostrophe looks like a comma but is higher up. It is also the symbol...
My book recommendation for students going into GCSE English or Drama is 1984 by George Orwell. It boasts advanced vocabulary, complex characters and multi-faceted themes of morality and identity. The novel is endlessly compelling, with a dark yet fantastical narrative which never loosens its...
Unfortunately in the modern world of computer games and social media, reading books can seem like a chore to many students, especially to teenage boys. It is well known that reading develops cognitive skills, imagination and literacy skills and if the correct text is selected then all of this...
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