Saturday, 23 February 2013

Find an example of travel writing

The most straight forward way of doing this will be to go onto the website of a broadsheet newspaper and have a look through the articles in their travel sections – use the history search section so that you have a broader choice.

Bring these to the next lesson. You will need to have read them as you will be discussing them in groups.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Planet Earth


The planet we live on is unquestionably wonderful. I might make you watch to David Attenborough to prove my point later in the term. 

In order to fully realise, explore and celebrate all of this wonder, for homework you need to find and research information about a wonder of the world.This can be something imaginative and unusual - you don't have to go straight for Niagara Falls. Similarly, try not to go straight for the obvious like Paris or New York. I'm not sure that David Attenborough would approve of these choices.  

Bring your ideas to Friday's lesson (22nd Feb, Period 5) and be prepared to present and share these to the class. You can bring notes and images. Even props if you want. 

Friday, 18 January 2013

lesson catch-up work

Dear Year 9, to make up for our missed lesson today please can you do the following for next lesson:

1. Read the following example of a short story that uses a number of creative writing techniques very effectively and which has a really good plot line:

short story

2. Research and compile a set of rules for how to use the following in your writing (you can either write in full sentences or using bullet points)

Using commas in pairs 

3. Continue planning and thinking about your plot for your own short story

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

In the your essay you need to write each paragraph using the format of a PEEP paragraph:

  • Point
  • Evidence
  • Explanation
  • Performance Analysis 

This is basically a normal PEE paragraph, but with a bit of performance analysis added on to the end. For this, you need to analyse how the quotation explored is performed and presented in the film version. 

In Act One of Macbeth, Shakespeare depicts the character of Macbeth as being a strange combination of the ambitious and the fearful: he has reached the point where he knows that he wants power in the form of Duncan’s crown, but he is still shying away from the ugly act of murder that will be required in order to make this a reality. This is illustrated in the opening line of one of the key and most significant soliloquies of the entire play, when Macbeth states: ‘If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well/It were done quickly’. Here Macbeth is referring to the planned murder that he must commit, and Shakespeare’s use of repetition regarding the word ‘done’ implies that the character is determined to go ahead with the deed. However, simultaneously, Macbeth is hesitant and deeply unwilling to actually refer to the deed directly and to use the word murder. Perhaps Shakespeare is implying that he is unable to fully face up to himself and what he intends, suggesting a certain kind of cowardice. This is suggested again as a result of the technique of repetition: ‘it’. Shakespeare uses this vague and uncertain pronoun rather than directly using the word murder. In the filmed version of the play, Macbeth on the Estate, the character of Macbeth is shown in a slightly different light. While in the play he may be unable to face himself and the true nature of his plans, the filmed version presents the actor as staring directly into a mirror. He is literally face to face with himself, as though trying to examine and discover who this new person is. Furthermore, his facial expression is very fixed and suggests that he is concentrating hard upon his face and perhaps his very personality. 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dear Year 9,

I hope that you have an amazing Christmas and hugely enjoy writing the following homework:

How is the character of either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth presented in two places in the play and a filmed version?

You need to write at least two PEEP paragraphs for each of the extracts – two for Act One and two for Act Five.

If I am not happy with the quality of the work, and I feel that you have not attained the level I would expect from you, you will be made to write the assessment again.

Please use the posts included below this one to have a look at a model PEEP paragraph so that if you get stuck you know the way to structure a response. Also have a look at the summary explaining exactly what a PEEP paragraph is. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Macbeth on the Estate 

YouTube links for analysing the character of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

The character of Macbeth:

Extract 1, Act One 
Timings: 2.51- 3.25

Extract 2, Act Five 
Timings: 7-13 - the end of the clip

The character of Lady Macbeth:

Extract 1, Act One 
Timings: 5.58 - 0.55 of part 3 (part 2) (part 3)

Extract 2, Act Five
Timings: 1.30 - 5.00