Author: aguerrero
English Teacher; Shakespeare Geek; Science Fiction Nerd; Adult Fan Of Lego (AFOL); Scrabble Warrior; Television Refusenik. Above all, READER ...

How well do you know your poetic devices?

I’m sure my students are completely fed up with hearing me bang on about ‘subject terminology’ – that special vocabulary, those names for writing tools, which are unique to the subject.  Thing is, they form part of the mark-scheme at

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Our next ‘Reading Allowed’* event …

* pun intended If you were at last year’s ‘Woman In Black‘ series of events, we hope you won’t need persuading to come to our next outing … First-timers will find a fun, informal and friendly evening, where we aim

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Jane Austen and the new £10 note

This week, pupils were asked to nominate British authors who should be featured on a £20 note …

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Crimes Against Shakespeare …

If you know me, you know how much I like – no, am obsessed by – Shakespeare.  I’m such a fan that I’m currently reading one play per month until April 2020! So, imagine my horror when I saw this

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Waterstones Children’s Books Prize 2017

The latest prize has been awarded to Kiran Millwood Hargraves for an adventure book – The Girl of Ink and Stars – which is in fact her debut novel.   Here’s a synopsis: “Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a

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Ten empowering female characters in children’s books …

Follow this link for an interesting selection of female characters … the comments underneath the article also give further suggestions. Which ones have you read?  Do you agree with their inclusion?  What’s missing from the list?  

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Poem of the Week: w/c 03 April

With the Easter holidays approaching, I thought I’d find something appropriate. GK Chesterton is mostly famous for his Father Brown detective stories, the detective being a priest.  This reflects his religious interests, also echoed in the biblical references towards the end

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FREE AUDIO: A Streetcar Named Desire

You can access a BBC production of Tennessee Williams’ important play by clicking this link.  The link is valid until 24 April. A Streetcar Named Desire (one of our A Level texts) is on the surface a domestic drama – the

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Quote of the Day: Ian McEwan

If you could make a change to anything you’ve written over the years, what would it be? From my first book, First Love, Last Rites – remove all the pretentious commas doing the work of full stops and replace with full stops.

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The Science of Revision …

With mock exams coming up for Years 11, 12 and 13, this feels like a timely article from The Guardian. We all work in different ways, and you need to find a style that helps you.  Personally, I find writing

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