Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Year 10: Half the battle is in believing...

I know many of you are worried about this controlled assessment. You might be feeling worried about how to start or how to end. You might be unsure about the quotes you've collected. You might feel uneasy about using historical context in your answer.

This is your first major GCSE assessment, and you have every right to feel worried and nervous, but once you have the basics sorted, then trust me- you'll be OK.
  1. Make sure you know what the question is asking of you- EMOTIONAL VOICE and HOW IT IS PRESENTED. Revise that Romeo graph we did a while back where you had to trace Romeo's fluctuating emotions. Then brainstorm all the different emotions that the speakers of My Last Duchess and The Laboratory go through(look at personality traits such as arrogance, selfishness, control, jealousy, anger) and see if there are any links with Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
  2. Link contextual info with each point if you can e.g male/female roles, sexuality and women (thanks Ishmeal for this useful point), Petrarchan and Courtly love, manly characteristics, etc.
  3. COMMENT ON LANGUAGE! It's all very well and good quoting, but you MUST comment on the language effects of the quote you've picked: the speaker in The Lab is clearly very excited by the prospect of killing her wrongdoers when she says 'grind away, moisten and mash up thy paste! Pound at thy powder, - I am not in haste!' WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF THE ALLITERATION, THE PUNCTUATION AND THE LAST WORDS IN THIS LINE?
  4. One more time EFFECT! EFFECT! EFFECT!
  5. Give a personal opinion in the conclusion of how successful the emotional portrayals are. Round off the essay with a summative connective (To conclude, In summation, I believe that, As a final point, etc)
LADIES AND GENTS, AS I ALWAYS SAY, IF BOB THE BUILDER COULD FIX IT, WHY CAN'T WE? YOU WILL ONLY SUCCEED IF YOU WORK HARD AND BELIEVE. LADIES AND GENTS, YOU HAVE WORKED HARD. IT'S THE FINAL HURDLE, KEEP WORKING AT 100% AND ADD A LITTLE BELIEF AND YOU. WILL. SUCCEED

Good luck!

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