Tag Archives: Literature

Some Context for Students: An Inspector Calls

It’s tempting to read a book in isolation; the characters are imagined, the action just happens and we speed through the plot to get to the ending. No spoilers please! However, everything is part of a more complex web and just … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men West Yorkshire Playhouse Review

Part of the GCSE English Literature specification for many years and still popular with many teachers, Of Mice and Men is a classic. It allows students to not only comment on character and language techniques but also the ‘historical and … Continue reading

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Reluctant Poets Society

Jack ‘No one can make me like poetry’ B was given a homework task this week where he had to look in detail at Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est. Poor kid. His English teacher had given him an excellent … Continue reading

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My reading list revolution for 2014

Resolutions are bit of a non starter for me. Just after the excess of Xmas they always seem a little bit sub denomination Protestant rather than High Anglican; always a little bit more subdued and serious Brethren than bells and … Continue reading

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Why we must be taught and taught well; why we must learn how to think well.

I’m a big fan of learning which should be more obvious than it is, because as a teacher it is often easy to become a big fan of teaching. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching too, but I want … Continue reading

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Student writing: Of Mice and Men

This is a first draft that one of my English GCSE students produced in one of our 80 minute Kip McGrath tuition sessions. Milos is an able student and we are really pushing to get an A* at GCSE. He had been … Continue reading

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