A Christmas miracle for the English classroom (it involves a film, but students are learning too!)

Writing about Robert Zemeckis's motion-capture adaptation of A Christmas Carol teaches students to develop an individual response to a 'text'. It's that time of year again. The last week of term arrives and Merry Christmas erupts into merry hell as some Tweachers declare their intention to work right up until the final bell, whereas others … Continue reading A Christmas miracle for the English classroom (it involves a film, but students are learning too!)

Teach your students to ace AQA’s GCSE English Language P1, Q2

Essential advice that draws on examiners' reports, past papers and students' responses, with some great downloadable extracts and helpful resources. 1. Encourage your students to explore deeper layers of meaning. 'Some [students] offered a basic, generic comment, for example, ‘it creates a picture in our heads’, which could apply to any example of language in … Continue reading Teach your students to ace AQA’s GCSE English Language P1, Q2

Help your students feel much more confident with GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 4

When they're tackling Paper 2, it's crucial our students know exactly what each question  is demanding of them. Here's how. In my Year Eleven class, Josh is a Great Dane, on account of his height, which is somewhere in the region of a pro basketball player. Marcus is an Irish wolf-hound. He's got long legs … Continue reading Help your students feel much more confident with GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 4

Teach your students how to compare poems for GCSE English Literature, Paper 2, Section B

Learn some of these brilliant strategies for teaching really effective poetry comparison for  GCSE English Literature, Paper 2, Section B.One of the elements of our students' exam performance we identified as a weakness in last summer's examination series was comparing poems from the AQA poetry anthology, Poems Past and Present, which forms part of GCSE … Continue reading Teach your students how to compare poems for GCSE English Literature, Paper 2, Section B