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The Sign of Four – Revising Characters

You should be well aware by now that understanding characters is crucial for your exam success.

You might be asked a question about a character, a theme, or a combination of the two. Remember though, a question about a character will include lots of ideas about themes. For example, if you are asked about Watson, you will be discussing his friendship with Holmes, his significance to the theme of love, and his significance to ideas of ’emotion vs. rationality’.

Use these sheets to help collect all your ideas about characters onto one helpful sheet of A4. For key quotations, see the resources attached to this postIf you want a practice with specific past paper questions, click here.

 

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Blood Brothers – Revising Characters

You should be well aware by now that understanding characters is crucial for your exam success.

As this post explains, you can be asked about characters or themes in Blood Brothers, or perhaps a combination of the two.  A question about a character, however, is really also a question about how characters might help portray significant themes.

For instance, a question about the importance of Mickey Johnstone will probably involve discussing social class, education and ideas about childhood and growing up.

Use these sheets to help collect all your ideas about characters onto one helpful sheet of A4. For key quotations, see the resources attached to this post. If you want a practice with specific past paper questions, click here.

 

Romeo and Juliet: Key Quotes and Knowledge Organiser

Just a brief post to share a couple of important revision resources.

Firstly, I’ll share the knowledge organiser for Romeo and Juliet (download here). This gives you an outline of the plot, key characters, key themes and some key literary devices employed by Shakespeare

You can use this document to create flashcards and complete self-quizzes. Remember, you must have a good knowledge of the plot so you can discuss the context of quotations, character’s actions and the structure of the play.

Also, this sheet with key quotations is really useful for revision. (Key Quotes Sheet)

There are several ways you could use this to revise:

  1. Focus on one theme in Blood Brothers. Use the key quotes document to select quotations which link to this theme.
  2. Look at a past paper (there are lots here) Use the key quotes sheet to make an essay plan for this question.
  3. Create flashcards for key characters, selecting 3-4 key quotations for each character. Make sure you elaborate on each quotation, explaining why it is important.
  4. Use the sheet to make mind maps on each character.

 

Sign of Four Key Quotes

This is a short post sharing a really useful, important resource.

Remember, for a closed book exam, you will need to make sure you have a number of quotes at your disposal to discuss all the themes and characters in The Sign of the Four.

The document below can help you do this. It might be useful to decide a specific character or theme you would like to revise, then select quotations from the document to help make a revision resource, such as a mind-map, an essay plan or flashcards. Remember, knowing quotations is not enough on it’s own. You also need to know:

  • What the quotation is linked to. Who says it? To Who? At what part of the novel?
  • How the quotations works. What are the interesting words? What techniques (if any) is Doyle using?
  • Why Doyle has chosen the specific line. What is the wider point? What is being revealed about the significance of certain characters, themes, or ideas?

The Sign of the Four- Key Quotes A3 version

The Sign of the Four- Key Quotes A4 version

 

A2 English Language Past Papers (Paper 2)

Here are four complete past papers for the A2 exams (paper 2).

As well as attempting the questions you should:

  • Use the questions to help you revise key topics
  • Create mind maps, revision cards and essay plans for each question
  • Practice papers with your notes and perhaps taking longer than you might in an exam.
  • Gradually start to practice questions without your notes and in timed conditions.

 

Example exam papers:

Creative Writing Workshop

In this post, I’ll be sharing the resources used by Miss Pickup at the recent Easter revision session (Monday 12th April).

You can download the resources to use for your revision and to help you practice creative writing in preparation for your language paper 1 exam.

The powerpoint below gives you some example creative writing questions and a helpful list of tips and advice.

Revision Task One:

Download, read and answer the questions on this sheet:

Task 1 Analysis The Perfect Storm

This is a really interesting example of descriptive writing which should give you a really good idea about how to write descriptively.

Revision Task Two:

One of the most crucial elements of creative writing is sentence variety, and being able to write using a variety of sentence structures and types.

Use the document below to practice writing interesting sentences. You could take one simple, dull sentence and try rewriting it in several ways. Or, try to write different sentences using the different structures given:

Task 2 Sentence Upgrades Paper 1 Jumbo

Final Revision Task:

Have a go at a past paper question. Remember to think carefully about how you plan and structure your ideas. Use the ‘sentences upgrade’ sheet to help you write a variety of sentences. Also, check the slides for some key tips:

Main Task The Question for Today Pollution Theme