Monday, 1 September 2014

Mortal Engines - Chapters 12, 13 & 14

At Airhaven, Shrike attempts to kill Hester and Tom but they manage to escape in a stolen airship. It emerges that Hester has previously known Shrike. Airhaven is engulfed in fires.

After her parents were killed, Hester had been saved by Shrike. He nursed and taught her for five years.

Despite their attempts, Shrike has followed them and catches up.
Meanwhile, Katherine attempts to speak to Crome about MEDUSA but he dismisses her enquiries.

Literary devices

Dynamic character – a character who CHANGES in the story.
Static character  - one who does not change.

Multiple narratives – a story told from more than one point of view.



Friday, 29 August 2014

Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Practice Plan

Choose a novel in which an incident reveals a flaw in a central character.

Explain how the incident reveals this flaw and go on to discuss the importance of the flaw in your understanding of the character.

-        Focus on Tess

-        Fault is acquiescence

-        Developed through whole novel

-        Key to her character

Para 1:

-        Acquiescence on the Chase

-        “teardrops on her eyelashes”

-        Resistance to Alec?

-        Trigger for subsequent tragedy.

-        “where was the providence of her simple faith”

-        These instances are evidence that Tess allows forces outside herself to take responsibility for her life and safety, and this idea has previously been indicated in the episode where she must take the hives to market.

Para 2:

-        Acquiescence with the hives

-        “I wouldn’t have it for the world!”

-        Tess defending the family name?

-        “But somebody must go!”

-        Pressure in “must”

Para 3:

-        While Tess’s acquiescence is subtle and slight in the incident with the hives, it is far more prominent, and dangerous, when Alec first tries to seduce her at Trantridge.

-         “He insisted…”

-        Clear sexual advance; little resistance.

-        “half-reluctant”

-        Again, accepting the advance?

-        Foreshadowing – possible acceptance.

Para 4:

-        Acquiescence when she and Angel separate.

-        “Unless you order me to…”

-        Allows Angel to dictate the terms of the separation.

-        “I will obey…”

-        She sacrifices all control in the situation.

Para 5:

-        Acquiescence at Stone Henge

-        “I am ready”

-        Decisive – her own choice.

-        “What must come will come”

-        Ambiguous – two different readings


-        Summarise how acquiescence is a flaw in Tess

-        How does it change by the end?

-        How does it make a reader feel about her?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Mortal Engines - Chapter Summaries

Chapters 7,8 & 9
Crome is sending Valentine on a secret mission. He is also sending a cyborg called Shrike to kill Hester and Tom.

Tom and Hester wake up to find they are being held prisoner by Wreyland. They manage to escape when Speedwell docks at the trading cluster. They manage to secure a flight to safety with the mysterious Anna Fang.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Higher Homework - Autumn 2014

Due Monday 1st September

Close Reading paper (Booklet 1) – “No Passes?”

Due 8th September

Close Reading paper (Booklet 1) – “Being There: Edinburgh”
2005: Choose a novel in which an incident reveals a flaw in a central character.
Explain how the incident reveals this flaw and go on to discuss the importance of the flaw in your understanding of the character.

Due 15th September
Close Reading paper (Booklet 2) – “In praise of wind turbines”/ “Bravo for nimbyism”

First draft: Folio: Creative essay

Due 22nd September
Close Reading paper (Booklet 2) – “We need to see the light on time change”/ “Daylight saving time”

2006: Choose a novel in which a key incident involves rejection or disappointment or loss.
Describe briefly the key incident and assess its significance to the text as a whole.

Due 29th September
Close Reading paper (Booklet 2) – “Handwriting”/ “How Twitter made handwriting cool”
Neat copy: Folio: Creative essay

Due 6th October
Close Reading paper (Booklet 2) – “The tyranny of unwelcome noise”/ “…put a sock in it”

Due October 27th (holiday homework, due on first day back)

Close Reading paper (Booklet 2) – “August 2011 London Riots”/ “Stop scapegoating our parents…”
Other, to be confirmed.

Mortal Engines

Class summaries:

Chapters 4, 5 & 6

After Tom and Hester fall into the Out-Country, they reluctantly agree to pursue London. The Lord Mayor visits Valentine and reveals that London possesses something valuable called “MEDUSA”.

Back in the Out-Country, Hester reveals that Valentine killed her parents and scarred her face. As Hester’s leg worsens, they catch a lift with a small town (Speedwell). However, they are drugged by the town’s mayor.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Higher - Summer Term Survey Results

In case you're interested, here are the results of the last Higher survey we did.

I have taken onboard all of the individual comments pupils left and will endeavour to meet those preferences in the next session.

Onwards and upwards!

1. I have found the novel...

2. I have found the close reading booklet...
Very straightforward
Quite straightforward
Tricky in parts
Quite difficult
Practically impossible
3. I have found the classes...
Very informative and useful
Quite informative and useful
A mix of good and bad
Quite dull
4. I have found the amount of homework...
Too much
About right
Not enough
5. I have found the pace of the class...
Too fast
About right
Too slow
6. How much do you agree with the statement: "I understand how the classes are helping me to prepare for the exam"?
Strongly agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Strongly disagree

Antigone - Justified Sinner?

In the coming months I'll be diving deeper into Classical Drama, so there will be more of this stuff on the way. Just so you know.