With the examinations fast approaching, it is worth reviewing what makes a piece of analytical writing in English excellent. What better way to do this than to review what people are doing in class. To this end this site will be playing host to a range of pieces of excellent work by students from our class in order that you can learn from each other (and perhaps from my marking, too)
Here’s Gabriel’s excellent Spoken Language Study Controlled Assessment:
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.
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
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
Everyone’s grades for their existing controlled assessments have been coded “red”, “amber” or “green”. Each student will be informed individually of their code for each assessment. Those who are code red, must re-sit that assessment. Those who are code amber are strongly advised to resit that assessment and those who are coded green can re-sit at their own discretion.
The timetable for the re-sits is as follows:
- Wednesday 22 February: Spoken Language re-sit preparation
- Wednesday 29 February: Spoken Language re-sit
- Wednesday 7 March: Creative Writing re-sit
- Wednesday 21 March: Shakespeare Re-sit preparation
- Wednesday 28 March: Shakespeare Re-sit
- Wednesday 25 April: Of Mice and Men Re-sit