29 Apr 2013


Apostrophe 's exercises

Week by Week
Week ONE: How Can I Improve My Grade (essays about texts)
Week TWO: How Can I Improve My Grade (writing - starting sentences in different ways)
Homework: continue the story. Add in semi colons, and start sentences in different ways.
Week THREE: Poetry - Stanzas, line length, rhyme, what makes a poem regular. If it's irregular it's not random, it's deliberate. Pay careful attention to words at the end of lines, and short lines that put ideas or words into very prominent positions, e.g. 'yellow fangs'

What is a Fragment and how to use it?
Read this poem please, print it off and annotate it. Also, play spot the difference with the first and last stanzas.

TIGER, tiger, burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

In what distant deeps or skies 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
On what wings dare he aspire? 
What the hand dare seize the fire? 

And what shoulder and what art 
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 
And when thy heart began to beat, 
What dread hand and what dread feet? 

What the hammer? what the chain? 
In what furnace was thy brain? 
What the anvil? What dread grasp 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? 

When the stars threw down their spears, 
And water'd heaven with their tears, 
Did He smile His work to see? 
Did He who made the lamb make thee? 

Tiger, tiger, burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? 

Lord of the Flies
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time


Techniques Writers Use
Pathetic Fallacy - where weather has a mood
Antithesis - this is where opposites are scattered through a text, just like a giant octopus waggling its tentacles about.
Oxymoron - this is where the opposites are tightly linked, like a two-link chain.
Hyperbole -
Sensory Language in Wind by Ted Hughes. General stuff on how to write about sensory language

Homework Question: In 'Wind', by Ted Hughes, how does the writer use words and language techniques to build up the effects of the storm.
- tension
- violence
- frightening, unnatural
- claustrophobia
- anger
- dark light/weird light

It's a series of images and metaphors using a lot of sensory language and onomatopoeia.
Use this link to help you: Wind, Sensory Language

Homework 17/06/13

Write an explanation of what does this poem mean?

Turn your notes into a poetry essay. Use the examples here to help you.

Point of View, first person, second and third

Homework is to read this:
Then write 100 - 150 words on 'The Best/Worst Meal I have Ever Eaten'. Please focus on using full stops correctly.
Also, please write questions about any bits that don't make sense.

What is a semantic field?