Tag Archives: Revision

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.

 

Blood Brothers Key Quotes

If you don’t have your own copy of the play, or are struggling to find key quotes online, the document below should have plenty of key quotes to get you started:

Blood Brothers High Utility Quotes

You could use this document in lots of ways. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Pick a character or theme. Make a list of 5-6 important quotes for that character or theme. Explain why they are important and analyse the language choices made by the writer.
  2. Take a past paper essay question (from here) and use the key quotes sheet to make an essay plan.
  3. Pick a key character and make a revision mind map using the key quotes provided.
  4. Create flash cards to help you learn key quotes. You should consider what the quotes mean, what language choices are present and how each quote links to wider themes of the novel.
  5. Practice writing full essays or paragraphs using these quotes as a starting point.