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Obvious mistakes for National 5 English Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

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The National 5 English Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation exam is different from the what used to be known as Close Reading exam. The major difference is that the marks awarded fror each question will be between 2 and 4. This … Continue reading

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How do you get the grade you want at Higher English? What grade do you want for Higher English?

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There is no magic wand. The grade you want will not appear just by wanting it. But it definitely will improve your chances of getting the grade you want if you know what grade you want. This is a big … Continue reading

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Eden Hazard doesn’t play unless he trains, neither will you in Higher English – a list of 10 KPIs for Higher English

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Eden Hazard, the Chelsea FC football player, does not play in the match unless he trains. Jose Mourinho made that quite clear this week. To miss a training session means you are dropped from the team, at least as far … Continue reading

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National 5 English Text – Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the texts selected by the SQA as a Scottish text for the new National 5 English exam. I thought it might be a good idea to read it so I could pass … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby: the world’s longest music video

It’s difficult to explain the trauma, anxiety, frustration, the sickening feeling of disgust, boredom and moral outrage I felt while watching Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby. It’s not the worst film I’ve ever seen, by far, but it … Continue reading

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How high up is the school in the cloud?

It’s the start of May already, the sun (I think it’s the sun, its been a while!) is shining and exam leave is upon us. The fourths years left for exam leave a week ago and have already completed their … Continue reading

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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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