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Coronavirus – Revision Materials for Languages

In the event of a school closure we are working hard to make sure pupils have access to key materials to allow them to study at home to the best of their abilities. It is very important that pupils take responsibility at this time and remember to check for new materials regularly.  BGE Materials from the English dept. for S1, 2 and 3 will be collated here and updated. A

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Higher and National 5 Exam Revision Resources

Dear National 5 and Higher pupils of Irvine Royal Academy, Use the tabs above to access pages with lots of resources that should help you revise for your English Exam. Please comment here should you have any questions (no matter how silly you think it might be).  

Higher Timed Assignment

Try to complete this Critical Reading paper under timed conditions. PROSE QUESTIONS AND JOHN JENNY 10 MARKER (1) Choose one from the questions and write a critical essay. Try not to use your notes and when 45 minutes is up write in the margin TIME’S UP. If you are not finished keep going. If you are finished you should attempt the Men Should Weep past paper. You can submit to

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Reading for Gold

What is Reading for Gold?       Reading for Gold is our reading scheme designed to encourage pupils to read independently, use sources such as the library to develop their reading, and enhance their analysis and evaluation skills across a range of genres. Pupils should be encouraged to select and read texts for enjoyment and interest, and express their personal response. As pupils progress through the awards in Reading for Gold they should

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Critical Essay POETRY – The Death of Marilyn Monroe

POETRY CRITICAL ESSAY RESOURCES Click here to access class notes on The Death of Marilyn Monroe by Edwin Morgan Write essays on “The Death of Marilyn Monroe” by Edwin Morgan using the following questions: Choose a poem which you find emotionally unsettling or intellectually challenging. Explain how the poem elicits this response from you and discuss how this contribution to your understanding of the central concern(s) of the poem. 2. Choose

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Writing Portfolio

You will be expected to write two essays for your Writing Portfolio. These essay must be your own work. You will be severely penalized if you are found to have plagiarised (copied) the work of anyone (older sibling, friend, writer, parent etc) or have received lots of help to write your essay (from older sibling, friend, writer, parent etc). Be sensible. If you cheat you put all of your qualifications

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Scottish Set Text N5 DRAMA – Sailmaker, a play by Alan Spence

Drama SCOTTISH SET TEXT RESOURCES Scroll down for lots of resources. SailmakerSuper Study Guide  Sailmaker textual analysis Sailmaker key quotes sorted by theme https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/z36xsbk Sailmaker by Alan Spence Davie 8 Marker Sailmaker Help (2) (2) Sailmaker Help sailmaker – final question answer…social class National 5 sailmaker Sailmaker Perfect Answer Textual Analysis Word Bank sailmaker quotes and comments Sailmaker Questions and model answers Sailmaker – Summaries and Analysis act 1 Character

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Critical Essay DRAMA – A View from the Bridge

HIGHER DRAMA CRITICAL ESSAY RESOURCES Scroll down for essay questions and lots of resources. A View from the Bridge-Arthur Miller Below you will find downloadable resources for the play “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller. Remember you all have access to Word online via your school GLOW  account NOTES 1 A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller quote bank – exposition to complication 2 A View From

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Critical Essay DRAMA – All My Sons

HIGHER DRAMA CRITICAL ESSAY RESOURCES Scroll down for essay questions and lots of resources. Write essays on “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller using the following questions: SQA Specimen Paper Choose a play in which a central character struggles to cope with social convention or financial difficulties or family duties. Briefly explain the reasons for the character’s struggle an discuss how the dramatist’s presentation of this struggle enhances your understanding

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Scottish Set Text N5/H PROSE – Iain Crichton Smith’s Short Stories

PROSE SCOTTISH SET TEXT RESOURCES Scroll down for lots of resources. A copy of the book in which you will find each of the stories (The Telegram, The Red Door, Home and Mother and Son) that we have studied: I. C Smith Short Stories  – Book Crichton Smith – Key Quotations – You analyse https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zdwj6sg Notes on Themes and Common Features Representation of Men Representation of Women Jealousy Sacrifice Sympathy

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Scottish Set Text H – DRAMA – Men Should Weep

  Drama SCOTTISH SET TEXT RESOURCES Scroll down for lots of resources. The Play Men Should Weep Act 1 Scene 1 Notes Act 2 scene 1 Act 2 Scene 2 Act 3 Quotes and Notes Courtesy of Katie B Men Should Weep outline of class slides Men Should Weep information 10 Marker Help Men Should Weep Practice EnglishCriticalReadingRedactedSQPH Men Should Weep Questions Considering the impact of humour in Men Should

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Critical Essay POETRY – Shooting Stars

POETRY CRITICAL ESSAY RESOURCES Write essays on “Shooting Stars” by Carol Anne Duffy using the following questions: Choose a poem which you find emotionally unsettling or intellectually challenging. Explain how the poem elicits this response from you and discuss how this contribution to your understanding of the central concern(s) of the poem. 2. Choose a poem which deals with an aspect of the less pleasant side of life. Show how the

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Scottish Set Text N5/H PROSE – The Cone Gatherers

PROSE SCOTTISH SET TEXT RESOURCES Scroll down for lots of resources for those in Mrs Andrews’ Higher class ppt (1) https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zffycdm Revision+powerpoint the-cone-gatherers-chapter-2-notes-and-homework the-cone-gatherers-chapter-one-calum-and-neil the-cone-gatherers-chapter-two the-cone-gatherers-chapter-2-notes-k the-cone-gatherers-chapters-3-and-4 lady-runcie-campbell the-cone-gatherers-chapter-6 the-cone-gatherers-notes-on-chapter-seven-eightnine the-cone-gatherers-chapters-9-and-10 the-cone-gatherers-chapters-141    

Lots on RUAE

Find a list of links, resources and ideas for studying close reading to help prepare for the RUAE exam: N5 RUAE Class slides Reading for UAE Understanding Questions   Own Words How to answer Own Words questions Linking  Linking questions booklet Link Questions MORE Post 1 on Linking questions Context Context questions how to Analysis (use of language) questions Word choice Post on Word choice  How to answer Word Choice

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Critical Essay PROSE – The Great Gatsby

PROSE CRITICAL ESSAY RESOURCES Below you will find downloadable resources for “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Link to a documentary on the writer and his work Slides we used in class Slides on Chapters 1-6 Slides on Chapter 7-9 Gatsby symbolism guide The Great Gatsby – Revision Guide Example Essays: Narrative – can twist and use for a character question – narrative perspective pear plan Setting – setting response

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Critical Essay PROSE – Of Mice and Men

National 5 PROSE CRITICAL ESSAY RESOURCES Below you will find downloadable resources for  “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. Remember you all have access to Word online via your school GLOW  account   Essay-Questions OfMiceandMenpowerpointnotes (1) Notes & Quotations – Of Mice and Men (1) N5 Critical Essay Exemplar – Of Mice and Men (1) OMAM Characters OMAM Literary Techniques OMAM Theme Plot and structure Theme essay OMAM Theme-

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Day 11 of Spring Break – WORD CHOICE QUESTIONS – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback Show how the word choice in paragraphs three and 4 expresses the writer’s distaste for what is happening to the island. (2) This time around, we could see from the plane that many hectares of jungle had been gouged out for a massive international airport in the middle of the island. Unless a few resorts that offer tourists real encounters with Phu Quoc’s remarkable

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Day 12 of Spring Break – SUMMARISING QUESTIONS – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback Summarise the key points in the writer’s argument against the practice of capturing everything on camera. (4) New technology has made is simple to record on camera almost any trivial event.  And it’s the work of a mouse-click to distribute those images to all and sundry.  Yet just because something is technically possible doesn’t automatically make it desirable.  I wonder if it is starting

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Day 10 of Spring Break – TONE QUESTIONS – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback Read the extract and for each decide what tone is being used, listing the words/phrases which helped you. 2 1. He walked into the immense cathedral, looked down the length of his nose and simply sniffed, proclaiming a tiny ‘humph’, before just glancing around. The golden coloured alter, with intricate brass carving he dismissed as ‘brass and stuff’. The flowers he shrugged at, before

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Day 9 of Spring Break – WORD CHOICE QUESTIONS– Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback. Show how the writer’s word choice helps us to understand his admiration for the beauties of the island (2) IT’S STILL QUITE easy to walk alone on an idyllic beach in Phu Quoc, and imagine you are the only person on a pristine island. It’s even easier to imagine you are alone if you walk 100 metres into one of the remaining patches of

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Day 8 of Spring Break – IMAGERY QUESTIONS– Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback. Show how the writer uses imagery in this paragraph to support the points he is making about Twitter in general and the media in general. (4) Twitter is the latest social networking craze to have conquered the ageing mainstream media, and using it is like sending out a universal text message to the whole planet. For many, this orgy of technology-enhanced wittering is simply

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Day 7 of Spring Break – SUMMARISING QUESTIONS– Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback In your own words, as far as possible, give four reasons the writer presents in lines 35-46 in favour of maintaining traditional public libraries. (4) Despite Google we Still Need Good Libraries It may well be that public demand and technical change mean we no longer need the dense neighbourhood network of local libraries of yore. But our culture, local and universal, does demand

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Day 6 of Spring Break – SENTENCE STRUCTURE QUESTIONS– Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback 🙂 Think about the type of sentence used; length; punctuation; repetition; parenthesis; narrative point of view; list; climax; inversion, etc. Identify two features of sentence structure from the paragraph above which mark a shift in the writer’s line of thought. (2) “The problem here is political will rather than financial capacity.  The pinch will come in other resource areas, such as health spending.  People

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Day 5 of Spring Break – SENTENCE STRUCTURE – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback 🙂 Explain how the author uses sentence structure to create an impression of how John felt about his life on the farm. (4) Monotony. There’s the perfect word! The monotony of John’s day cannot be over-exaggerated. Endless chores were issued to him by his authoritarian father. Work was the norm: play was long forgotten. Feeding the pigs, milking the cows, scrubbing the floor of

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Day 5 of Spring Break – WORD CHOICE QUESTIONS – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback This writer is appalled by the fact that the wearing of fur might be making a comeback. Show how the writer’s word choice alerts you to her contempt for the wearers of fur. (2 marks) While fur is obviously disgusting, it is also incredibly useful in that it alerts you to the fact that the person wearing it is a complete moron, without you

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Day 4 of Spring Break – TONE QUESTION – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback This passage is about parenting. Identify the tone of the paragraphs and explain how this tone is created. (3) I am fed up listening to scaremongers talking about the E-coli virus, telling me my child should never visit a farm or come into contact with animals.  I am very weary of organisations that are dedicated to promulgating the idea that threats and dangers to

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Day 3 of Spring Break – IMAGERY QUESTION – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback 🙂 This passage is about reality TV singing contests. How does the writer’s use of imagery help to convey what it is like inside that ‘reinforced concrete building’? (2) Inside that reinforced-concrete building, men in black T-shirts and microphone headsets are swarming around like bees, ushering a constant stream of shrieking teenage girls to their seats, testing the sound levels and the auto-cue, ensuring

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Day 2 of Spring Break – LINKING QUESTIONS – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Answer in comments below for feedback 🙂How does the underlined sentence act as an effective link at this point in the passage. Around the world William Shakespeare is one of the best loved of all playwrights. Most people can name at least one of his plays, and lines from his works are ingrained into our psyche and language. Yet despite all the knowledge of his work, little is known of

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Day 2 of Spring Break – Finding a Place to Study

National 5 and Higher pupils, If you cannot concentrate at home (maybe there are too many distractions) or just need a change of scene, remember you can take your books and notes to your local library and study there.  As well as being able to study quietly you can access computers and plenty of study guides/books of past papers. Irvine Library Opening Hours Mon & Fri 9 -5.30; Tues, 9-7;

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