Heart and Mind

Watch the video and annotate the poem

Some more analysis

Choose a topic to write an essay

  1. The poem extends the argument that the heart and the mind are irrevocably different. Comment closely on this.
  2. Comment closely on how the poet conveys her ideas through the use of vivid description, metaphors and comparisons.

Deadline:  March 27

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Evening in Paradise (Part 2)

After reading and analysing the poem together, here some tasks for you

Pay attention, work and each and every task in a post in your blog.

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A View from the Bridge: Review

This year we are going to review the play we read in Senior 1.

Lots of material to analyse and download

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Evening in Paradise

Before reading the poem, do research on John Milton.

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-What kind of writer was he? Explain.

-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?

-Now, read the poem and say what you understand from it using your own words. (work on vocabulary)

Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad;
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night longer her amorous descant sung:
Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament
With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,
And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw;
When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, the hour
Of night, and all things now retired to rest
Mind us of like repose; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,
Now falling with soft slumberous weight, inclines
Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long
Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest;
Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heaven on all his ways;
While other animals unactive range,
And of their doings God takes no account.
Tomorrow, ere fresh morning streak the east
With first approach of light, we must be risen,
And at our pleasant labour, to reform
Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.
Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease.

John Milton (1608-1674)

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Take notes of everything to comment and debate in class

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Gothic elements in Literature

Check this presentation which includes gothic elements.

Pay attention to the story we are reading and highlight the elements present in the setting and in the introduction of characters.

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Literary terms: Games

Try these different links to play games!

Game 1

Game 2

Games 3

Game 4

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IGCSE 2018: what is left?


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Unseen Paper

Taking a look at many IGCSE Unseen Papers, we can come to the conclusion that they usually deal with 5 Universal Themes:

  • Coming of Age/Rite of Passage (maturing, growing up, passing from childhood to adulthood)
  • Post-colonialism (colonizer-colonized, slavery)
  • Power Relations (mother-child or son, daughter, father-child or son, daughter, husband-wife, etc)
  • Displacement, alianation (moving away)
  • Inner self vs outer self 

Top Tips

There are no set books for this paper but you can (and should) prepare for it. Although there are no quotations to learn for this paper, the critical skills you use in the set papers are also being tested in the Unseen paper. So in many ways preparation for this paper has in fact been taking place throughout your IGCSE course.

You must answer one of the two questions on the papereither the poetry unseen (on a single poem or extract from a longer poem) or the prose unseen (on a passage from a novel or short story).
-You are advised to spend around 20 minutes reading the questions and planning your answer. You should: select your question wisely; read the question carefully and highlight the keywords (which you will keep glancing at throughout the exam); read your chosen poem/passage and annotate it, highlighting the words and phrases you intend to comment on in your essay.
-A brief outline of what the poem or passage says (a few lines ONLY) might be appropriate as a starting point. But you should not re-tell the story.
-The question will direct you to an aspect of the writer’s techniques, so the main focus of the question will be on how the writer presents his or her material.
-You must respond directly and personally to the question. Remember there are no correct or definitive answers.
-Do not include lists of devices. Explore them by considering carefully how and why they were useful to the writer in achieving a particular effect.
-Make sure you set poetry quotations out properly. If you are quoting a line or perhaps two lines, you should indent one or both lines and follow the line arrangement of the original (so don’t rewrite lines as prose). The very best essays on poetry smoothly embed (integrate) short quotations (a word or phrase) and analytical comment on them.
-You should devote around 50 minutes to the writing of your answer, which leaves 5 minutes for checking what you have written.

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AS Language and Literature

Cambridge International AS Level Language and Literature in English requires candidates to answer two compulsory papers:

Paper 2 Writing, and Paper 9 Poetry, Prose and Drama.

In Paper 2 Writing, candidates have the opportunity to produce their own imaginative writing, as well as producing writing for a given audience.


In Paper 9 Poetry, Prose and Drama, candidates answer two questions, each on a different text. Close study of all the texts chosen is needed in preparation for a choice of essay and passage-based questions.

Selected Poems Paper 3 Poetry and Prose

In groups, we are going to do research on the authors of the 10 short stories we are going to read.

-The class will be divided into 6 groups.

-Each group will do reaserch on 2 writers.

-Findings will be shared in a presentation we are doing altogether and that I´ll share with all the groups.

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ePortfolio (Literature)

ePortfolio:  an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. The key aspect of an eportfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your eportfolio.

The real value of an e-portfolio is in the reflection and learning that is documented therein, not just the collection of work.

Examples of eportfolios

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3


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Literary Terms

Literary terms teaching from Pato_Ch

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Welcome Back!!

Hey kiddies!!

Here we are again to share another  school year.

I do hope we can have fun and a learn a lot together!

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Senior 5 February


1. Bring notes of the texts chosen :

-if you have chosen prose, bring summaries of the stories, themes that connect them, description of main characters and a summary of the historical and social context of the period.

-if you have chosen poetry, bring the 7 poems and say: themes, tones, historical and social context, and find at least 4 literary devices in each poem.

2. Choose 5 idioms and 5 proberbs and use them in mini-dialogues.

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