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Planning a coursework essay

For many, coursework is a dirty word. Whilst I am well aware that it can be seen as both a pointless exercise in which someone assists a student to produce “their” essay and also as “free marks” for some students as they approach an examination series which worries them, I believe in coursework as a vital tool for developing students’ critical faculties prior to entering the VIth form and thence to University. It is not the same as the abomination called “Controlled Assessment” which was an aberration now thankfully consigned to the refuse bin of paedagogical pointlessness.

In this Powerpoint I am trying to present to my current IGCSE sets how I might approach a task such as theirs: Explore the presentation of love in 3 poems with reference to 3 more” – catchy and typically circuitous, still that’s the nature of the task for Edexcel IGCSE LITERATURE. We have been working on a range of poets from Shakespeare to Thomas via Rossetti and Achebe. They will not be plagiarising my ideas, quite apart form anything else, I tend to recognise my own writing!

I have been formalising my approach in my mind over the years and have been focused this year an engaging yr 10 with the nature of drafting and improving. We have a little spare time in the calendar and I have been encouraging them to take the time to develop and mature prior to actually writing. All this is quite alien to a group of boys who often wish to dive into a task with little heed of where they might emerge, but it has to be done. Funnily enough, I have just begun to read John Tomsett’s This Much I Know About Love Over Fear … Creating A Culture For Truly Great Teaching http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1845909828/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=01DWBSVFB3AP3RE1WCZ4&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=577048787&pf_rd_i=desktop a wonderful book by one of the most humane writers on education currently writing and blogging in the UK. In the book, he outlines a similar course of action – I have also stolen his Janus sentences here:  janus sentences – they make so much sense that they will appear in any discussion I have with the students – I urge anyone reading this to read his book and read his many wise ideas about great teaching and leadership.

So, here’s the Powerpoint – feel free to use it or abuse it!
essay planning

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MUCH ADO about revision

As Year 10 approach their end of year exams, they ahve been making cue cards to assist with their revision.  I will be posting the sets as they arrive.  These are cue cards for quotation banks for the main characters (sans Dogberry) and key themes of Much Ado About Nothing.

I always recommend revising in pairs for this task and using it as a top trumps type of activity or even a tennis match – rallying ideas related to the quotation until they run out of steam…  Never simply a reading exercise!

Claudio flashcards

MAAN Cue Cards – Beatrice


hero (4)


cue cards Benedick

MAAN Revision

Courtly Love english milan and sohan

Beatrice – Quotes PPT

Much Ado About Nothing – Hero


English Homework

maan deceit

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10 minute planner: Much ado is not all it seems….

Another 10 minute planner for MAAN. Again, quick notes to enable a plan based on an Edexcel Certificate question.


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Don Pedro: interractions

Another 10 minute planner which looks at the character of Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. Again, although aimed at IGCSE/GCSE this may be useful for post 16 students as a quick refresher.


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A contextual introduction to An Inspector Calls

Aimed at my Year 10 Edexcel Certificate (IGCSE) group, this is relevant to anyone embarking on a study of Priestley’s play.
It is not a teaching exercise, as such. Rather an overview of some of the important contextual ideas which feature on the play.

sound only: MP4

screencast video link: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s211/sh/ef3ec181-9e1c-4a90-8095-ccfe2eb5d236/ae38b4155dd65810ee9df2c521d00e10

I hope this is useful

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