The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Friday, 29 April 2011

Final Preparation Before Mock Exam

Due to the fact that we had a mock exam later the same day, our lesson consisted of the class going over any major issues they had with the exam and general essay writing.
As a class we did not have a lot to go over in terms of problems regarding the exam; issues that we did look at were things such as how to write a thesis statement for the section B portion of the exam and how to focus on aspects of narrative during our essays.

After this discussion, Sir put up two section B questions and asked us to pick one and prepare a plan for it. The general format of the plan was:

- Thesis statement/introduction - Must name aspect, acknowledge how the named aspect applies to all three texts respectively and take up the invitation to debate.
E.g. "In the works of Fitzgerald, McEwan and Tennyson endings are use to show a characters isolation, give the reader closure and to show the stagnation of a character."
- Body paragraph one - Text one
- Body paragraph two - Text two
- Body paragraph three - Text three
- Conclusion - (Not compulsory, but preferred.)

Mr Chatterley asked one person to volunteer for each question to tell the class their plan so as to act as a template. These plans were put up on the board and the class continued to discuss what the author of the plan did correctly and what needed to be improved.

After this we each received a sheet with a band six essay answer to section B. The class was asked to identify the essay's thesis statement.
Once this was done we were told to write an answer to the question we previously choose in the lesson an made a plan for using the band six essay as a guide along with our own plan.

We used the time till the end of the lesson to write our answer which concluded the lesson; after school we had a mock exam where we applied the practice we received in this lesson and hopefully did well in.

Good luck everyone.
Roman A.

Monday, 18 April 2011


1984 George Orwell A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving A Room with a View EM Forster An Equal Music Vikram Seth Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll American Pastoral Philip Roth At Swim Two Birds Flann O'Brien Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Atonement Ian McEwan Beloved Toni Morrison Birdsong Sebastian Faulks Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy Brave New World Aldous Huxley Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres Catch-22 Joseph Heller Clarissa Samuel Richardson Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Laclos Daniel Deronda George Eliot Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Dracula Bram Stoker Emma Jane Austen Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway Frankenstein Mary Shelley Great Expectations Charles Dickens Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy LA Confidential James Ellroy Les Miserables Victor Hugo Light in August William Faulkner Little Women Louisa May Alcott Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Lord Of The Flies William Golding Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden Middlemarch George Eliot Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie Money Martin Amis Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf Naked Lunch William S Borroughs Of Human Bondage WS Maugham On the Road Jack Kerouac One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan Rebecca Daphne du Maurier Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe Scoop Evelyn Waugh Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut Sophie's Choice William Styron Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy The Alchemist Paulo Coelho The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac The Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer The God Of Small Things Arundhati Roy The Godfather Mario Puzo The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitgerald The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams The Hobbit JRR Tolkien The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini The Magus John Fowles The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco The New York Trilogy Paul Auster The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne The Secret History Donna Tartt The Stranger Albert Camus The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas The Trial Franz Kafka The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera The Woman White Wilkie Collins Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf Trainspotting Irvine Welsh Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert Pirsig