Approaching short stories for Edexcel IGCSE | jwpblog

A reviewed version of an earlier post to support students preparing for the new version of English Language A IGCSE, paper 2.

This replaces material found in this post: old syllabus


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The NATE research into closed book teaching of poetry | jwpblog

This is a copy of the recent report by Chloe Marsh of Cambridge University, published in the NATE English in Education pamphlet for Autumn 2017.

I work in an IGCSE environment and am shielded from this issue: our prose texts and drama texts have long been closed book adventures, but the poetry prepared for examination is given to the students in the examination, though there is an unseen poem to analyse as well.

The research document as published:

closed book research

I was fascinated to read this- there is much food for thought here, even if one is not directly engaged in this issue….

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Orwell on writing: investing essays with clarity. | jwpblog

George Orwell
Politics and the English Language

taken from the website:

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to…

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Remembrance Poetry prize winner. | jwpblog

Each year since I joined the John Lyon School I have run a competition in Year 9 for Remembrance Poetry.  The boys are working on poetry and Journey’s End during the term and it seems a fitting opportunity to link the course with the events around Armistice Day.

This year, the winning poem is by Patrick:

Remembrance Poem

As we relax in our home, nearly 100 years on,

We will never really know what really went on,

As men were sent pointlessly over the top

And on the big cities the bombs did drop

People were running, crying, dying,

Soldiers were giving it everything, trying,…

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‘The pervasive emotion experienced by all of the characters in Of Mice and Men is loneliness’ To what extent do you agree with this statement. Comment on the contexts of the novel. Edexcel IGCSE | jwpblog

The title of this blog was an essay question addressed to my Yr 11s this week. Having read their responses, I thought some feedback was in order.

First, the assessment criteria:

Edexcel is very clear that this essay hits AO1 and AO4, the latter being contexts around the time of the writing of the work.

I do not have clarity about the relationship to a best fit marking practice using the descriptors and these marks out of 20 attributed to either AO, but assume that an essay with no context has to receive a maximum of 20 marks, even if in all other respects it hits the higher mark…

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