I have included two VERY EASY quizzes on Poetry and Short Stories for the 2011-12 selection. So if you are truly lost as to who wrote what, then this will help you out.
For the Prose section of the exam paper, some of you will have been given the opportunity to study a selection of short stories from the CIE Stories Of Ourselves anthology. The selection below is for the June/November 2012 exam only -they do change for the following. So if your are in Grade 9/Year 10 this year your selection of stories will be different. If you are in Grade 10/Year 11, then this selection is for you.
Charles Dickens, ‘The Signalman’
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘The Yellow Wall Paper’
Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘How It Happened’
Ray Bradbury, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’
John Wyndham, ‘Meteor’
Alex La Guma, ‘The Lemon Orchard’
Bernard MacLaverty, ‘Secrets’
Borden Deal, ‘The Taste of Watermelon’
Jhumpa Lahiri, ‘The Third and Final Continent’
Tim Winton, ‘On Her Knees’
Welcome back! This term promises to be a busy one. Next week is the musical (if you haven’t bought your tickets, do so now!), there is also Action Week and end-of-year exams. By the end of this year we will have technically finished the First Language Course, and about one-third of the Literature (next year we will be looking at the prescribed novel The Great Gatsby and the drama/play Death of a Salesman (unconfirmed, but pretty much for certain).
The focus for the next couple of weeks is to complete the ‘Movie assignment’. I hope you have all had a chance to see the poem you have been given. By the end of this week, it would be greatly appreciated if you have all the technology sorted out.
*Do you have WindowsMovieMaker or the equivalent?
*Can you record your voice in a manner that is clear and loud enough? You can probably do this through your phones or MP3 players-but don’t leave it to the last-minute! In order to know what technology is available, you need to assess what you have.
By the time I have finished this post, this blog will have received close on 3000 hits. I wanted to celebrate at 2000, but I was flying back to Malaysia at the time. I would like to thank my students again for their contributions -thank you to you for taking the opportunity to visit this site, thus making the experience of reading and studying literature a more dynamic experience. Many of you have expressed in your comments that you have found it very helpful, and in that, we have achieved our aim.
For those of you wondering what poems have been chosen when the current selection is no longer being offered, well here they are.
Sujata Bhatt, ‘A Different History’
Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘Pied Beauty’
Allen Curnow, ‘Continuum’
Edwin Muir, ‘Horses’
Judith Wright, ‘Hunting Snake’
Ted Hughes, ‘Pike’
Christina Rossetti, ‘A Birthday’
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ‘The Woodspurge’
Kevin Halligan, ‘The Cockroach’
Margaret Atwood, ‘The City Planners’
Boey Kim Cheng, ‘The Planners’
Norman MacCaig, ‘Summer Farm’
Elizabeth Brewster, ‘Where I Come From’
William Wordsworth, ‘Sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’
A Grade A candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
sustain a perceptive and convincing response with well-chosen detail of narrative and situation;
demonstrate clear critical/analytical understanding of the author’s intentions and the text’s
deeper implications and the attitudes it displays;
make much well selected reference to the text;
respond sensitively and in detail to the way language works in the text;
communicate a considered and reflective personal response to the text.
A Grade C candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
make a reasonably sustained/extended response with detail of narrative and situation;
show understanding of the author’s intentions and some of the text’s deeper implications and the attitudes it displays;
show some thoroughness in use of the text for support;
make some response to the way language works in the text;
communicate an informed personal response to the text.
A Grade E candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
make some relevant comments in terms of narrative and situation;
show some understanding of the author’s intentions and the surface meaning of the text;
make a little reference to the text for support;
make a little reference to the language of the text;
communicate a basic personal response to the text.
A Grade F candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
make a few straightforward points in terms of narrative and situation;
show a few signs of understanding of the author’s intentions and the surface meanings of the text;
make a little reference to the text;
show evidence of a simple personal response.
From Songs of Ourselves from Part 3 (Poems from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries): Poems 96 to 109 inclusive, i.e. the following fourteen poems:
Thomas Hardy, ‘The Voice’
Allen Curnow, ‘Time’
Mathew Arnold, ‘Dover Beach’
Adrienne Rich, ‘Amends’
Ted Hughes, ‘Full Moon and Little Frieda’
Gillian Clarke, ‘Lament’
John Keats, ‘The Grasshopper and The Cricket’
Vachel Lindsay, ‘The Flower-fed Buffaloes’
Boey Kim Cheng, ‘Report to Wordsworth’
John Clare, ‘First Love’
Dennis Scott, ‘Marrysong’
George Gordon Lord Byron, ‘So, We’ll Go No More A-Roving’
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 43
(‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!’)
Edna St Vincent Millay, Sonnet 29
(‘Pity me not because the light of day’)