Category Archives: Of Mice and Men

PLE – 10y1 – Home learning due Tuesday 17 June

The English mock is tomorrow and we’ve spent the last two weeks doing revision for it. What else, though, do you still need to do? Please tell me what revision you have done for this exam (inside and outside school) and what you intend to do this evening to finish up your revision.

Comments in the box below, please, before tomorrow’s exam.

PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Friday 13 June

Think ahead to the English mock exam next Tuesday and what you need to learn and revise for it. Look, too, at the summary of the Post-It exercise (here: https://dartmouthacademyeng.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/10xen1-preparation-for-mock-week/) to see what you and your peers said, and then my responses and guidance for further research.

Your home learning, then, is this: by email or in the comments box below – no later than 3:25pm on Friday 13 June – I would like to know 1) what revision you have already done and 2) what revision are you planning to do to prepare you for Tuesday?

I have attached some revision timetable templates which you may find useful when planning for the coming week.

Revision_timetable_example_1 Revision_timetable_example_2 Revision_timetable_example_3 Revision_timetable_example_4 Revision_timetable_example_5

An independent enquirer working at:

  • Grade C will provide details of websites, books and other resources you have used or intend to use
  • Grade B will link your revision to specific parts of the GCSE exam
  • Grade A will explain which resources have so far proven to be most useful to the GCSE exam

 

10xEN1 Preparation for Mock Week

You said, I will...

Following last week’s home learning, for which I asked you to suggest topics to learn and revise for the mock exam, I have taken your Post-Its in and summarised them in the table here. In short, there are three columns: You said, I will, and You could. I have taken on board what you have said you need for next week and I will tailor our lessons to take these suggestions into account (in fact, I have been since I took the Post-Its in last Friday). The last column, You could, contains suggestions for your own research; in short, what you could do to further your learning in the areas you have suggested.

If you have questions about this, or if there are others areas you need help with, please come and see me in F040, email or write in the comments box below.

PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Tuesday 10 June

In our lesson today, we looked at themes in Macbeth and using CRISP to structure and answer to question c). Your home learning follows on from this:

  1. Please mark the exemplar answers to question c) (here Word or here  PDF) and put the marks, and your justification (reasons), in the comments box below
  2. How might today’s lesson help your preparation for answering question c) in Of Mice and Men?

10xEN1 Preparation for Mock Week

You said, I will...

Following last week’s home learning, for which I asked you to suggest topics to learn and revise for the mock exam, I have taken your Post-Its in and summarised them in the table here. In short, there are three columns: You said, I will, and You could. I have taken on board what you have said you need for next week and I will tailor our lessons to take these suggestions into account (in fact, I have been since I took the Post-Its in last Friday). The last column, You could, contains suggestions for your own research; in short, what you could do to further your learning in the areas you have suggested.

If you have questions about this, or if there are others areas you need help with, please come and see me in F040, email or write in the comments box below.

PLE – 10y1 – Home learning due Wednesday 4 June

Find the exam paper here (Foundation Tier or Higher Tier) from the Edexcel website. Depending on when your birthday is*, find Section A (Shakespeare), B (Prose) or C (Writing) and then answer the following questions:

  1. What is the focus of each question? (What do you need to write about?)
  2. How much time should you spend on this section and for each question?
  3. How much do you need to write for each question?

* If your birthday is in:

  • January to April (inclusive), you are looking at Section A (ShakespeareMacbeth)
  • May to August (incl.), you’re doing Section B (Prose – Of Mice and Men)
  • September to December (incl.), you’re doing Section C (Writing)

 

Using CRISP to structure an answer to question c)

Question c) is the theme-based question and you will therefore need to be familiar with the most important themes in the novel you have studied.

I want you to be able to help each other to prepare for answering question c) in the Prose section of the exam and using CRISP to structure your answer is recommended.

I have created a shared Google Doc and it is now up to you to populate it (to fill it in) with key scenes, observations and quotations for the major themes that feature in each of the three novels: Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird and Heroes (there is a table for each one).

Remember, this is a live document so be careful not to delete any comments already made; of course, feel free to add to and correct comments already made.

Click on the link to access the Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Uezrk5Ytee0eGY5VAhKjlMMXjowTmL-jZtgUiH4UsZk/edit?usp=sharing.

America in the 1930s – helpful videos and advice on context in question c)

Thank you to those students who attended the Of Mice and Men workshop today. As promised, please find below the resources I promised.

Students sitting the Higher Tier paper must refer to the (social/historical/political) context when answering question c). However, the GCSE examination board advises students that ‘general comments about the Dust Bowl and what happened in 1930’s America are not what is required. It is much more apposite (appropriate) to make comments about how the theme impacts on the characters in the ranch and its hierarchy.’ Elsewhere, the examiner says that ‘candidates should avoid points about context…which are ‘bolted on’ but not strictly relevant’ to the extract chosen or questions to be answered. To sum up, do not write a paragraph about the Great Depression; instead, allow your background knowledge of this period of time to seep through your answers.

The following video lasts approx. 27 minutes and is an interesting, largely anecdotal, account of the Great Depression and its social effects in 1930s America.

This video covers key information on the Depression and race in the United States. Useful background for Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird.