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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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Increasing ‘Cultural Capacity’ for Higher English (and National 5 English)

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When we talk about ‘cultural capacity’ we mean the knowledge, ideas, experiences and reflection that an individual has. If, as a thinking person, you have thought about life, then you will probably have some insights into different aspects of life. … 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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Alternatives for writing Higher English critical essays

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There are many ways to approach the writing of a Higher English critical essay. At myetutor, we have a favoured structure and it would be difficult to change anything about that general structure without diminishing the essay. BUT, other parts … Continue reading

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Why don’t we teach Breaking Bad in the classroom?

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For those people who have signed-up for the Mars expedition and have begun intensive training, the recent airing of the final episode of Breaking Bad might will have passed them by. However, I would imagine that most of us 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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CfE – ‘dumbing down’ and where the CfE debate should go now

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A recent Scotsman article has provoked me to reflect on some of the author’s points. The author makes the point that we are subjected to an annual and predictable ritual as the exam envelopes drop onto doormats at this time of … 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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Interview with James Robertson, author of The Testament of Gideon Mack

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James Robertson is one of the foremost novelists writing in Scotland. His novel The Testament of Gideon Mack was selected by the SQA to be one of the Scottish Text novels for National 5 English. The novel starts in the … 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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