Passing Higher English

Higher English – Using shorter quotations

Shorter might not be better; it’s not worse, but for some people, it can be easier. For some, learning large chunks of quotation isn’t going to happen, so learning more quotations but smaller ones might. To use short quotations in … Continue reading

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Higher English – The Handmaid’s Tale – Understanding

A popular text for Higher English is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It is a contemporary classic. Partly because the writing is skilled, partly because the issues and themes in the book were relevant in the 1980s, and still … Continue reading

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Higher English Folio – Persuasive Essay Introduction

It’s late. She (or he) has been working all day and has done another four hours since returning home – and they cooked the tea! They’re fed-up reading essays. Bored to death with reading essays. They all start the same … Continue reading

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Higher English Close Reading – Tone Questions

In Higher English Close Reading Tone is structure, usually sentence structure, and word choice. In an Higher English Tone question you will usually be asked to identify a writer’s tone or attitude and then explain how that tone has been … Continue reading

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Tae Kwon Do and Jose Mourinho – passing Highers at the grade you want

This is part of a series of blogs that focuses on the attitudes of mind, behaviours and actions that a person can use to be successful at an English course. It’s practical stuff that, if applied, will have a practical … Continue reading

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Higher English Folio – Creative Writing: Setting and Character are more important than plot

If you want your creative writing piece to achieve a good mark, then it is wise to focus on setting and character. Given the word limits for your Higher piece, 1300 words, then having a plot where too much happens … Continue reading

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Higher English – Personal/Creative Writing Folio Piece: See the world through a grain of sand

‘To see a World in a Grain of Sand’ – William Blake The above quotation can be interpreted in many ways and here’s one: if you understood everything about a grain of stand – molecular structure, atoms, fields, protons neutrons, … Continue reading

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Higher English – Referencing a prose text

Every argument needs evidence. No evidence. No argument. No pass at Higher English. It really is that simple. The Higher English essay criteria used by the SQA states that candidates must ‘reference’ the text. This can mean quotations, either large … Continue reading

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Higher English – 4 things you should know for analysis in a poetry critical essay

Higher English poetry critical essays are not analysed the in the same way as a Higher English prose critical essay or a Higher English drama critical essay. For the analysis part of your critical essay, you have to do what … Continue reading

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Higher English – Understanding and Responding to the Higher English Task

The Higher English critical essay task is different from the Standard Grade, Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 tasks. It asks you to cover two points in your essay, not one. Step 1 – the first part of the task is … Continue reading

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