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Close Reading Board Notes 14-12-12

1- this question is a context question. Remember that two marks are available. One for the meaning. One for quoting the words or phrases in the first paragraph which help you understand the meaning.

2- a- only one mark. Very brief answer. Which example of different punctuation do you

2-b. What does he mean by conversational? Chatty? Informal? Again only one mark so keep it short

2 -c Contrast means to show the difference. Which ‘opposite’ words do you see? How do they show difficulty?

3 A link question. Easy. ‘The phrase _____________ links back to the topic of ___________. The phrase _____________ links forward to the topic of____________.

4. Easy two marks. Two bullet points. Answer IN YOUR OWN WORDS

5. When you see the word ‘structure’ in a question you should immediately be looking for sentence structure. What stands out in these two sentences AND why does it do so? YOu are answering two parts here.

6. Same as 4. Dead easy. Two bullet points.

7. Two bullet points again. It is the words ‘more familiar’ which are the clues. How did he feel about things up until now! How does he feel about things after this? In your own words.

8. Simple, short quotation. No full sentence. One mark.

9. A- Two bullet points. When you see the word ‘techniques’, the question is among you to think about all of the language techniques we’ve worked on. Sentences structure, repetition, punctuation, imagery. Which ones do you spot in this paragraph. For each bullet point you must quote and example then say how it’s shows how stupid he felt.

9 b – Why might he be relieved? One mark, very brief answer, not a full sentence.

10 simple two bullet points. See 4 and 6. In your own words.

11. Imagery question. What does he compare his problem to? Remember about Literal and Figurative. Describe the thing being compared. One mark. Explain why this helps explain his problem. Two marks. Simple.

12. When you see the words ‘explain how’ it is usually asking you to recognise and explain a technique. Which one do you see? One mark. Why do you think it was used? Two marks.

13. Remember when we worked on Puns? Newspaper headlines which had double meanings? Think about that here. Two different phrases. Two marks.







Week 10 beginning Monday 22nd October


This is week 10 so we need to start making a move and getting through some work. This is the plan for this week.


Monday  22nd


Since finishing the novel on the last day of term, I want to spend a little bit of time retrieving some information for your notes. We’ll do this over the next few weeks but here are the questions for this week. They will be given as homework for Friday but you can start them today and work on them after school on Wednesday if you like.


TASK A: Chapters 1-4


1.    Write down the information about Holden’s family background given in these chapters.


2.    Establish the narrative style employed by Salinger and pick out some of its recurring features.


3.    At the start of Chapter One, Holden has reached the end of his physical (geographical) journey and his emotional/ psychological journey. Where is he? What kind of emotional and physical state is he in?


4.    Several ‘symbols’ are introduced in these opening chapters – the hunting hat, the ducks, Thomson Hill. Explain each one.




Tuesday 23rd


During the last week, we completed the first NAB in Close Reading. Today I want to spend time analysing the good and  the bad of what happened.  I will go over each of the questions, explaining lay out of questions and how marks were won and lost.


In the second period we will also begin the first poem of the year. It is called Originally and was written by Carol Ann Duffy. We will spend some time getting to know the poem and trying to understand exactly what it is about.


And think about this question; What is your earliest memory?


Wednesday 24th

There will be a short note on imagery to add to your Language notes and a reminder of what an Oxymoron is. This will be linked to Originally which we will spend time analysing after looking at some Oxymoron examples.


After school we will spend time thinking about the Salinger questions from 3.15 until 4.



Thursday 25th

Today we will be reading the newspaper. It is crucial that you see English as a skill which affects every area of your life.


In pairs you will be given a copy of today’s paper. Each pair should read through the paper finding one example (at least) of each aspect of imagery we have learned.



Friday 26th

To finish up the week, we will discuss the questions you had for homework. Note-taking will be essential today.


I will also return your Critical Essays with some advice for future work. This will be due on 5th November.




November 2nd Draft 2 of Discursive Writing

November 5th Salinger Critical essay on the opening chapter.

Week Beginning 26-9-12


After a long weekend we have a lot to catch up with. So let’s get on with it.

Wednesday 26th

I will collect the last of your discursive essays today. You’ve had a good week to finalise your drafts. I promise to have them marked within a week. This week we will need to batter on with ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. You should be at Chapter 14. So chapter 15 today. We will return to the ducks and why they are so important to Holden. I think if we can understand that then it will give us a real insight into Holden’s problem.

Hopefully you will begin to see that the Ducks are not as daft as they seem. Read over notes tonight.

What makes the ducks so interesting to Holden?

Thursday 27th

Chapter 16 of ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. The ducks are another example of symbolism. Remember why the hat was important. Today we’ll look more closely at why they are linked.

I also want to write the next section of our sample essay. All about Holden’s attitude and the opening sentence of the novel. Read the first chapter again to remind yourself what happened.

How does the opening sentence of the novel reflect Holden’s character?

Friday 28th

Chapter 17 of ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. I know this week is a bit repetitive but we are trying to catch up after the holiday weekend. Final work on The Ducks and finishing off the Critical Essay. You will have loads to work on. I now should have a Discursive essay from everyone and you will have one model Critical Essay. I want you to now go away and work on that Critical Essay. Look at the structure and the way it is put together. You will be assessed on Critical Essay on Wednesday 10th October.

You also have the first Close Reading NAB on October 9th. So that will be a big week.


Close Reading NAB October 9th

Critical Essay Assessment October 10th

Week Beginning 17th September

The purpose of this Blog will be to assist you throughout the year in your quest for an Intermediate Two pass in English. I will post the weekly plan here on a Sunday and when you sign up today, you’ll receive an e-mail alert to tell you when it is ready to read. I’ll also post helpful links, articles as well as photographs of board work you may have missed or want to look at again. Fifth year is all about taking responsibility for your own learning. This is an opportunity for you to do so. Please sign up with an e-mail address -on the left of this page – and use it well.

Monday 17th

We are in the library today looking at the Class Blog and I want you to become familiar with the things on it. I recommend things you should be watching on TV. I might sometimes recommend a newspaper article you’ll need to read or a resource of which you should be aware. sign up, using a valid e-mail address, and wait for the links next week.

After that, go and read or change your book.

Tuesday 18th

Your essays are due today and it will be vital that they are. We will be using the checklist we came up with last week in order to assess our writing before we even hand them in. If it doesn’t’ tick every box then it won’t pass so we need to address that before we even get a red pen on it. Try to read at least one person’s essay as well as your own before you hand it in. When we looked at the exemplars last week we said that it was helpful to see good examples of  what we need. Today is our opportunity to do that,

One of the questions which came up in last week’s Orient Express article was a ‘context’ question. This is where you are asked to work out the meaning of a word from the context (what is happening around it). I’m giving you a note today and we’ll look at a couple of  examples.

We will also read The Catcher in the Rye  Chapter 11 to find out what happens to Holden next. Then, to finish off, we will continue with our sample critical essay on the opening chapter. We wrote an introduction last week and we’ll write a first section today.

Wednesday 19th

I will be out of school today and tomorrow. I expect you to complete the following:

Read Chapters 12 and 13 of The Catcher in the Rye

Worksheet on Context examples

Thursday 20th

see above


finish Chapters 12 and 13 by next Wednesday

Discursive Essays due Tuesday 18th

Context examples