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?

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

A Streetcar Named Desire - AOs

In this English lesson we focused on the Assessment Objectives and how they will help us to answer essay questions. There are 4 AOs: A01, Ao2, A03 and Ao4.

AO1: Write detailed, original and expressive answers which are linked to the question. Use vocabulary linked to the topic.

AO2: Show in depth understanding in looking at how structure, form and language shape meaning.

AO3: Look at similarities and differences between different literary texts. Use thoughts and opinions of other readers.

AO4: Show understanding of the importance of the contexts in which literary texts are written and recieved.

We then went on to talk about Modern Domestic Tragedy and how it's different from earlier tragedies. These included the fact that modern tragedies tend to look inwards while earlier tragedies looked ourwards. There was also a distinct difference with how deaths were shown. In earlier tragedies deaths were shown on stage. In modern tragedies deaths usually happen quietly and are concealed from the audience. Modern tragedies are much more likely to appeal to audiences nowadays because they contain characters who are ordinary. Earlier tragedies usually contained princes and kings as the protagonists. These points and more helped us to understand the main similarities and differences between modern and earlier tragedies.

We spent the rest of the lesson reading and trying to find faults with Mr Gall's essay question.(which was AO4)
How does Blanche's initial interactions with the locals of Elysian Fields highlight her incongruity?
Although the answer looked good, it lacked certain details. This activity helped us to really understand the Assessment Objectives and put them into action. By looking over someones else's answer, it became easier for us to see where we could make improvements.

Overall, the lesson was about improving our essay answers and making sure that we understood how we could do this.

(P.S: Sorry about the length, I really didnt know what to talk about)


  1. I like the way this blog flows, maybe just bring up some flaws/ improvements that we as a class found with the example answer - just to be more particular

    nice entry :)


  2. I don't think there is much to add as this blog is really good and manages to cover everything. The only thing you could have done was define what incongruity meant for those who weren't in the lesson and were not sure.

  3. I don't think there is much to add on this blog as it is really well written and manages to cover everything we did in the lesson. The only thing I would say is that you could have defined what incongruity meant as some people who were not in the past lessons may not have known what it meant.



  4. This is good. It shows in detail what we did in lesson about the AO's. You could have written a couple of the flaws and successes of Mr Galls answer to show those that weren't in.


  5. This blog effectively explains each AO, it is also a detailed description of how you saw the lesson. One thing I must add is that you have forgotten to at least list a few incongruities of Blanche which we made in class and was also present in Mr Gall's answer.

    However, good job!

    Sophie :-)