National 5 English Tutor

About National 5 English Tutor

National 5 English Tutor is a blogging platform for various GTCS registered teachers of English to write helpful blogs for students, their parents and teachers on the National 5 English certificated SQA course. By following the below advice, we are confident that a student can improve their English grade, but individual motivation, perseverance and other factors must also be taken into account. This platform presents an approach to National 5 English; we do not claim it is the only approach. It has worked successfully for other students.

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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National 5 English folio advice for creative writing

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The National 5 English folio allows a student to send a creative writing piece, if you choose to do so. For National 5 English students have to send two folio pieces. Here are ten rules for creative writing that will … Continue reading

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National 5 English Scottish Texts – Selected Poems of Norman MacCaig and my new change of attitude

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I’ve had a difficult relationship with Norman MacCaig. To me as a high school student, reading MacCaig was to open the doors to a world of dreariness that I did not understand. His poetry lacked the tightness, metrical regularity and … 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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National 5 English – is The Testament of Gideon Mack a suitable text?

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The Testament of Gideon Mack is a novel by James Robertson that has deservedly found its way onto the Scottish Texts list for National 5. It is a novel that raises many issues about modern Scotland as it does about … Continue reading

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