A series of posts dedicated to exploring the intricacies of essay writing and how to approach them. Essays require you to do many things simultaneously as you synthesise crucial information in an evaluative and analytical way whilst offering nuance in meaning. It can be complex. Use these guides to help demystify some of these areas and develop your essay writing skills.
Applying graphic organisers such as flow charts to learning: breaking down the components of analysis to make it easier to comprehend and the put into action. Follow each part step-by-step to create effective analytical writing. Inspired by graphic organiser from @XpatEducator
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A selection of YA fiction and more challenging reads for those who enjoyed the timeless themes and plot within Shakespeare's play Romeo & Juliet. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor A beautiful fantasy that is hauntingly captivating. A blue-haired, tattoo-covered Art student in Prague with no (apparent) background tries to understand who [...]
These follow a similar style and purpose as the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Quotation Retention Challenge cards posted here and here. They can be used in class for analysis, as part of self-quizzing and for display material.
Back to To Kill a Mockingbird: Novel Study Life Lessons and Values: “Until you climb into his skin” “It’s ugly but those are the facts of life” p. contrast with Miss Caroline’s “Pre-ju-dice” p. and satirizes the educational system. “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird wouldn’t it?” p. 304 Atticus’ parenting [...]
Quotes and thoughts to deal with this theme - The patriarchal society: the family tree and Finch Landing frames the masculinity in the novel. The plantations were described as “Empires” p. 4 Atticus – Masculinity and courage Unconventional father figure Seen as old and weak by Jem and Scout and then strong – best [...]
Using past papers and their indicative content are an excellent way to prepare for examinations; pre-planning responses which with any luck will come up in the actual exam. Here are three different sets of indicative content from the old spec Edexcel examinations which we have discussed and annotated as a class. These have formed comprehensive [...]