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As part of our new Reading Initiative we have put together some of our teachers best reads. 📚🌞😎Keep following us for further updates at @EnglishMCHS – Enjoy!


Click on the links below to access Updated pupils and Parents/Staff Booklists

Staff Summer Booklist 2019

S1&S2 booklist

Good Reads for National 4&5

Good Reads for Higher


English Dept letter to parents (1)



Here you will find useful information on the courses offered as well as resources to help you with your studies.

Click on the following link to access the English Department Secure Glow website



From 2016 onwards all National 5 and Higher English portfolios will be e-marked, and e-marking requires each candidate’s portfolio to be scanned. To ensure complete accuracy in the scanning process, an electronic template must be used. The template is available in Word format.

  • Both folio pieces should be included on one document. Clear headings should be used to make it obvious where one ends and the next begins
  • The candidate’s SCN (Scottish Candidate Number), and a page number must be added to the foot of every page in the template, using the boxes provided. These are for the purposes of identification. If you are unsure of your Scottish Candidate Number you can check the Year Group Notice Board or ask your Head of Year.
  • Please ensure that the pieces follow the order of the flyleaf, ie. broadly creative followed by broadly discursive.
  • You must include your word count for each piece of writing and your list of sources. A list of sources is adequate as footnotes will not transfer on to the template.

It is recommended that the portfolio pieces are printed double-sided where possible. Please do not use staples to collate the pages, as this will disrupt the scanning process. Please also ensure that your work is printed clearly (eg. no print leakage) so that it is legible on screen.

If you have any questions, then please check the following document or ask your teacher for guidance:



Click on the following link to view full instructions on how to copy and paste on the template.


English Higher RUAE Extra Practice – Newspaper Analysis


The Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (RUAE) paper is a key element of the English examination at National 5 and Higher levels. While pupils will be provided with a number of strategies to tackle this section of the exam, it is essential that they supplement this with a regular programme of newspaper analysis. Only through regular engagement with quality journalism can pupils fully prepare for the language and vocabulary of the paper as well as devNespaper 2
elop their skills in identifying the writers’ ideas and main arguments about the topics discussed.

Below is a link to the Newspaper Analysis Question Sheet. Click on the link below to access the resource.

You should also check the English Department Twitter Website and the link to a number of quality newspaper publications for regular ideas and suggestions about possible articles to analyse.

Homework Exercise RUAE

Here is a link to the Comment section of The Independent and Guardian Newspapers where you can find a number of articles to help you with the Newspaper Analysis tasks

Higher English Reading For UAE Targets – You should familiarise yourself with these targets and use them to self evaluate your progress in this section of the exam over the course of this year.

RUAE Targets




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