Week 8 – October? October? You’re Kiddin’

Two weeks today you’ll be on holiday. On holiday. Think about it. No school. No Pieper rabbiting on about hats and ducks and kit kats. Bliss! But let’s earn it, okay. Big couple of weeks of assessment coming up so Focus, Focus, Focus. Five words to sum up this week? Criticism, Help, Parenthesis, Ouch and Filling. Yes, of course I just make this stuff up.

Monday 3rd

So what do you need to do to do well at Critical Essay? I’ve held back from this task as I wanted you to get a good feel for ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. It is, in many ways, a simple tale which takes place over the course of about three days. However, I think it is far more complex than that. Our task will be to analyse the writer’s use of symbolism and how it allows us to understand the nature of Holden’s problem. Today we are turning to the marking scheme for Critical Essay and you will be assessing two past essays from students of mine. Give them a grade. What did they do well? What did they do wrong?

Tuesday 4th

You have more than enough information to get on with writing. Three periods to work on Critical Essay quietly with me in attendance, helping out where required. After that – Homework! No discussion today. Get on with it! Remember that in the exam there’ll be no books or notes but for the first one it is essential you have a plan. I promise that while you write I will not talk too much about anything really. Permission to tell me to shut up.

Wednesday 5th

Second period of writing the essay.

In the Period Four we’ll be discussing specific aspects of punctuation and its purpose. In particular, colon, semi-colon and dashes. This all goes under the heading of Sentence Structure but we’ll be looking at various examples.

Thursday 6th

Third and final period of essay writing. Now you’re on your own. I’ll be looking over your shoulder and pointing you in the right direction but I’d expect you to be finished today.

Friday 7th

The usual Friday catch up day. I want to spend a bit of time going over newspaper work as it needs to become a more regular part of your daily studies. We’ll also be revising the link question and looking closely at imagery. With all the usual add ins.


Close Reading Assessment on Wednesday 12th so get working on Language – Sentence Structure, Link, Imagery etc.


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