Annotation example | jwpblog

Lucas in Year 9 has just produced this piece of work as an annotation exercise on Owen’s Disabled as part of the WW1 literature scheme.

I have popped it up because it is great and because many of my Year 11 students would benefit from looking at it as part of their revision for IGCSE.

Continue reading at:


Out, out- and the death of Innocence | jwpblog

During the fun of a Skype lesson with our partners in Ankara this morning, we were discussing Frost’s Out, out- and became embroiled in a discussion of the allusions to Genesis.

Whilst stressing that this is not over literal and that the son does not signify Adam per se, we explored the following ideas:

1: The rural setting with the ‘sweet scented’ logs and the five mountain ranges creates a version, if not of Eden, then certainly of a Pastoral Idyll, remote from society and therefore relatively pure.

2: In this paradise, as in all such, the exists a potential evil – ‘et in arcadia ego’…

Continue reading at:

Poem at 39: notes on establishing links relating to parenthood for edexcel IGCSE | jwpblog

Year 11 completed a silent debate today-  Compare the presentation of parenthood between Poem at 39 and one other from the collection…

I attach the PDF table tops for them to download and anyone else to use.

parenthood tables

Notable ideas:
Using Piano allows the discussion of the female to male and male to female poem
Men seem to advise and teach in order to facilitate escaping the nest (If, P@39 and so on)
Women can be seen as more nurturing and nest building (Piano) though possibly also stifling
In Do not go Gentle, the parent has become the child
We recognised the need to…

Continue reading at:

Considering Gerald Croft… the original cad | jwpblog

Gerald: On the face of it the charming and elegant man about town who gives Eva sanctuary from the hellish pit of the Theatre Bar and who is upset at the story of her demise… or the calculating womaniser, using wealth and power to entrap a vulnerable girl; willing to play the long game and ultimately shirking all responsibility for his actions…

Actually, it’s probably a bit of both, certainly when viewed from Priestley’s perspective when writing this political propaganda play.

If we assume that Priestley’s prime (sole?) purpose was to raise support for a socialist Britain in this play,…

Continue reading at:

NEAs at A level: What’s the big secret? | jwpblog

Enough time has passed since August for me to write this post objectively.

I am concerned at the lack of transparency around the moderation of A level NEAs. I won’t name my board – I assume all boards are the same, but i think this is a serious issue and one which is potentially harming our students.

The Background:

My recent cohort of Upper 6th students had some very strong students, hoping for A*s to get their places at top universities. It also had a typical spread of students of less intellectual weight for whom marks were equally important if not so headline grabbing. On results…

Continue reading at: