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A taste of Trump…

I thought I’d paste a little taste of Trump here for students to look over. we spend so many hours teaching students to write with clarity and to structure and organise… and then this:

TRUMP: We stopped giving them because we were getting quite a bit of inaccurate news, but I do have to say that — and I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies? Who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that. A tremendous blot, because a thing like that should have never been written, it should never have been had and it should certainly never been released.

But I want to thank a lot of the news organizations for some of whom have not treated me very well over the years — a couple in particular — and they came out so strongly against that fake news and the fact that it was written about by primarily one group and one television station.

So, I just want to compliment many of the people in the room. I have great respect for the news and great respect for freedom of the press and all of that. But I will tell you, there were some news organizations with all that was just said that were so professional — so incredibly professional, that I’ve just gone up a notch as to what I think of you. OK?

All right. We’ve had some great news over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been quite active, I guess you could say, in an economic way for the country. A lot of car companies are going to be moving in, we have other companies — big news is going to be announced over the next couple of weeks about companies that are getting building in the Midwest.

You saw yesterday Fiat Chrysler; big, big factory going to be built in this country as opposed to another country. Ford just announced that they stopped plans for a billion dollar plant in Mexico and they’re going to be moving into Michigan and expanding, very substantially, an existing plant.

I appreciate that from Ford. I appreciate it very much from Fiat Chrysler. I hope that General Motors will be following and I think they will be. I think a lot of people will be following. I think a lot of industries are going to be coming back.

We’ve got to get our drug industry back. Our drug industry has been disastrous. They’re leaving left and right. They supply our drugs, but they don’t make them here, to a large extent. And the other thing we have to do is create new bidding procedures for the drug industry because they’re getting away with murder.

Pharma, pharma has a lot of lobbies and a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power and there’s very little bidding on drugs. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world and yet we don’t bid properly and we’re going to start bidding and we’re going to save billions of dollars over a period of time.

And we’re going to do that with a lot of other industries. I’m very much involved with the generals and admirals on the airplane, the F-35, you’ve been reading about it. And it’s way, way behind schedule and many, many billions of dollars over budget. I don’t like that. And the admirals have been fantastic, the generals have been fantastic. I’ve really gotten to know them well. And we’re going to do some big things on the F-35 program, and perhaps the F-18 program. And we’re going to get those costs way down and we’re going to get the plane to be even better. And we’re going to have some competition and it’s going to be a beautiful thing.

So, we’ve been very, very much involved, and other things. We had Jack Ma, we had so many incredible people coming here. There are no — they’re going to do tremendous things — tremendous things in this country. And they’re very excited.

And I will say, if the election didn’t turn out the way it turned out, they would not be here. They would not be in my office. They would not be in anybody else’s office. They’d be building and doing things in other countries. So, there’s a great spirit going on right now. A spirit that many people have told me they’ve never seen before, ever.

We’re going to create jobs. I said that I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created. And I mean that, I really — I’m going to work very hard on that. We need certain amounts of other things, including a little bit of luck, but I think we’re going to do a real job. And I’m very proud of what we’ve done.

And we haven’t even gotten there yet. I look very much forward to the inauguration. It’s going to be a beautiful event. We have great talent, tremendous talent. And we have the — all of the bands — or most of the bands are from the different — from the different segments of the military. And I’ve heard some of these bands over the years, they’re incredible.

We’re going to have a very, very elegant day. The 20th is going to be something that will be very, very special; very beautiful. And I think we’re going to have massive crowds because we have a movement.

TRUMP: It’s a movement like the world has never seen before. It’s a movement that a lot of people didn’t expect. And even the polls — although some of them did get it right, but many of them didn’t. And that was a beautiful scene on November 8th as those states started to pour in.

And we focused very hard in those states and they really reciprocated. And those states are gonna have a lot of jobs and they’re gonna have a lot of security. They’re going to have a lot of good news for their veterans.

And by the way, speaking of veterans, I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin. And we’ll do a news release in a little while. Tell you about David, he’s fantastic — he’s fantastic. He will do a truly great job.

One of the commitments I made is that we’re gonna straighten out the whole situation for our veterans. Our veterans have been treated horribly. They’re waiting in line for 15, 16, 17 days, cases where they go in and they have a minor early-stage form of cancer and they can’t see a doctor. By the time they get to the doctor, they’re terminal. Not gonna happen, it’s not gonna happen.

So, David is going to do a fantastic job. We’re going to be talking to a few people also to help David. And we have some of the great hospitals of the world going to align themselves with us on the Veterans Administration, like the Cleveland Clinic, like the Mayo Clinic, a few more than we have. And we’re gonna set up a — a group.

These are hospitals that have been the top of the line, the absolute top of the line. And they’re going to get together with their great doctors — Dr. Toby Cosgrove, as you know from the Cleveland Clinic, has been very involved.

Ike Perlmutter has been very, very involved, one of the great men of business. And we’re gonna straighten out the V.A. for our veterans. I’ve been promising that for a long time and it’s something I feel very, very strongly.

So, you’ll get the information on David. And I think you’ll be very impressed with the job he does. We looked long and hard. We interviewed at least 100 people, some good, some not so good. But we had a lot of talent. And we think this election will be something that will, with time — with time, straighten it out and straighten it out for good ’cause our veterans have been treated very unfairly.

OK, questions? Yes, John (ph)?

Thank you to the BBC website, where you can find the whole transcript of the recent press conference.

It’s not a question of bringing politics into the classroom, but since many of use have used Obama as an exercise when discussing rhetoric, this ought to be considered…


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Edexcel IGCSE: draft short writing task

I am trying to get my y11s to deliberately plan a short task for the short writing question.  Too many plan to write and simply write until the time runs out.  My idea is to consciously plan for no more than 4 paragraphs to try and help them, structure their work.


This powerpoint and draft is designed to help students understand an approach to the writing which should deliver results.


I wrote alongside them, and post my offering here:  marks out of 10?  I did my best….

possible short task  Simply my sample draft


possible-short-task-full-ppt     possible-short-task full ppt  The draft with discussion and explanation.

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Thinking about writing

After an interesting discussion on #engchatuk last evening and having read a post by David Didau on writing with precision :  http://www.learningspy.co.uk/writing/black-space-increasing-lexical-density/  I have prepared this for my KS 4 students.

The idea is to take David’s clarification of a short analytical passage about Julius Caesar and to present the process to the students.  I have then added a few phrases which are designed to engage in “zooming in” to key words or phrases…

Use or abuse, as usual!

writing thoughts

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SPAG in a mess?

Thanks to the marvellous @jabellpepper I am putting these posters around the department.  The QR codes link to his animated Tellegamis which briefly explain key points of grammar.

Students sitting IGCSE this summer need to be aware that with around 7% of their entire IGCSE mark at risk due to poor SPAG, inconsistency is not an option.  Yes it is difficult, yes it is time consuming, but yes it is vital to the clarity and definition of their finished work.  Hopefully this little poster might help.

spag poster A3

spag poster A3


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Year 7 Writing module: IED leading up to Christmas

This module is based on a Year 9 scheme discussed here:https://jwpblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/an-autobiography-sow-for-year-9/ on the blog.  It was originally my work and was then adapted by the excellent @Engleeshteacher, Traycie Wrycraft.  I have come back to it to use with my new Year 9 class in a 4 or 5 week slot up to Christmas.

In essence, I teach the main features of creative writing to IED and then ask the students to make a little CD booklet of their responses.  I provide CD covers and the rest is simply fun.  This year I will be looking at drafting as special focus in line with Ron Berger’s “Ethic of Excellence”-  one of my touchstones.  My wish is to play as small a part as possible in the creation process.  The work should be independent and should reflect a wish to be as good as it possibly can be.


Y7 IED cd writing


y7 writing stimulus images


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Writing to IED based on Anthology A (Edexcel Certificate)

A powerpoint for a quick revision-focused lesson.

In the Edexcel certificate, one of the creative writing sections requires a piece which is based on one of the themes of an extract from the non-fiction anthology.

The catch is that the students have only around 25 minutes to write it in the exam…
I have made the task topical, especially in my area -Slough- and took time to establish the cl;ear link with the anthology passage.

IED revision development

ispaced_openers (1)


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Introducing IED for yr 9/KS4

Some teaching materials I will be using to introduce Writing to IED to my new Year 9 class. There is an outline Powerpoint which can be adapted or made more detailed as required and the word documents referred to in it, since the direct links will only work from my laptop!

tension model para

Danger IED


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TRAPPERS for non fiction

This is a simple introduction to the TRAPPERS mnemonic I wrote for Year 9. as exams approach, Year 11 seem to have forgotten what it stands for. I like it – a good way to get strong writing, especially when embedded with Slow Writing and other techniques.

trappers simple

A link to the brilliant Triptico Slow Writing web page: http://www.triptico.co.uk/media/temp/slowWriting.html

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Inform, Explain, Describe revision class

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA “Describe a peaceful place”

I am preparing the Year 11 revision session for 18th April. 30 minutes on writing triplet Inform, Explain,Describe…

As ever, this is for my students at SGS but suitable for all to use as you see fit. The sound file will follow in due course once the lesson has taken place.

inform explain describe

podcast of the revision class

TRAPPERS trappers simple
Reports: Reports2

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Yr 10 Leaflet activity

This is based on the EDEXCEL IGCSE Anthology A page Beach Safety. The students were asked to make a page entitled “PEEL SAFETY” to help Year 7 prepare for the daunting task of being taught by me. The post includes photographs of the finished leaflets which have been annotated to show the various techniques of successful leaflet creation.
This post is intended more as a revision tool for my students than a piece of general interest, but colleagues and students alike might find interest in these pictures.

The link below should take you to my relevant Evernote file.


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