Poetic Form and how to use it: A guide for Edexcel IGCSE and all unseen poetry | jwpblog

Dr Ammara Ashraf, who joined my department last term has produced many little gems which glitter proudly in our shared resources area.

She has allowed me to share further this PowerPoint on Form for exam students at IGCSE, GCSE and A level.

Poetic Form and Meaning IGCSE

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USA lit essay discussion | jwpblog

‘In the Land of the Free, the Journey: Quest, conquest and homecoming, is the driving force of literary exploration.’ Explore this idea in the texts you have read. Be sure to use GG in your response and to refer to at least two texts in the essay.


Find the discussion sound files below. An interesting discussion from an essay which does not quite fit the needs of the mark scheme, but which is interesting in many areas…

And another…

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A give back: Marking US lit A levels | jwpblog

I recently set this essay for my Upper 6th.


The results were variable. For many the essay swiftly became an exercise in listing isolated characters or situations and the Assessment Objectives became lost.

The driving AO is AO3 in this question.

Thus any essay which does not foreground contexts will not be well rewarded. These contexts need to be relevant the creation and reception of the text and are contexts which can be derived from the wider understanding of the era and millieux of the texts themselves.

For me, I wish to see each section of argument introduced with topic…

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USA Lit unseen: Richard Wright | jwpblog

This week the unseen is from Richard Wright’s  The Man Who Was Almost A Man. Whilst the book was published in the 1960s, the content and style make it eminently suitable for unseen practice.

Richard Wright’s short story entitled The man who was almost a man, suggests by title alone a tale of frustrated ambition or thwarted dreams.

As the passage opens, we meet ‘Dave’, later identified as ‘David Saunders’, a young black farmhand who seems to be in trouble for the shooting of a mule and who leaves at the end of the passage to seek a new life by travelling the railroad. At once we are…

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