Archive | March 2012

Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage – The Assessment Pack

Good luck to all my students who are re-sitting the Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage Controlled Assessment tomorrow. Here is the official assessment pack that you’ll be presented with. Any of your blogs that are updated with questions or practice material before midnight tonight will be responded to.



Weekend Wilfred Owen Practice

This weekend’s simple task is to write an extended paragraph explaining how Wilfred Owen in his poem “Futility” communicates his attitude towards the war. An advanced answer will include historical facts about Owen and WWI and anyone who wants to extend themselves can make an attempt at comparing Owen’s methods and ideas with those of Shakespeare in Henry V.
The more you do now, the better prepared you will be for Wednesday

Shakespeare Prep activity – Iambic Pentameter

With recollections of running around Malone Hall to the beat of Iambic Pentameter still fresh in their memories, the boys made short work of finding examples from Henry V to support the following two statements:

Preparation for the “Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage” Controlled Assessment

This re-assessment is being completed by most students in the class. In the week leading up to this, class time is being dedicated to revising the learning from Year 10, and focussing the students’ on the new question.

It is an expectation that all students who are performing this re-sit attend the after-school tutorial session on Wednesday 21 March and that each of you construct practice essays well in advance of the final assessment the following Wednesday. 

The assessment involves writing an essay under controlled conditions that compares the treatment of conflict in William Shakespeare’s play “Henry V” and poetry from World War I by Wilfred Owen and Seigfreid Sassoon. The mark for this Controlled Assessment forms 40% of their final grade in the English Literature paper.

Initially we will be examining the following passage from Henry V, commonly known as the “Before Agincourt” speech – however the students must in their answers demonstrate familiarity with the play as a whole as well as its historical context.

TEXT ONE: “Before Agincourt” from Henry V by William Shakespeare:

Download: Before Agincourt

Essay Practice

As a moment of coalescence in the process of responding to the novel “Touching the Void” the students have two periods to write an essay using questions from prior exam papers. The essay will then be marked  and used as a basis for an essay writing development workshop next week.

The students could select from the following Questions:


How does Simpson show how difficult it was for him on the mountain after he was injured?


How does the writer portray Simon in the book?


Choose a passage from the book which you find especially tense or exciting. Write about the methods Simpson uses to create tension or excitement in this passage.


What is the significance of the title in “Touching the Void”?