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

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About Christopher Waugh

Challenging the norms of secondary teaching. Publishing every single thing my students and I create. Live in Wanaka, New Zealand - the best place in the world. http://chris.edutronic.net/

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