Monthly Archives for October 2011


1A1 end of term exam

1st years, this exam will be one hour long. You must revise the following topics: Diary entry Informal letter Debate Nouns Adjectives Capital letters Apostrophes Literary terms e.g. alliteration, asonance, theme, character, simile, metaphor ‘Mid Term Break’ by Seamus Heaney Any novel that you have read Remember that exams start on 22nd November so it […]


A Halloween Reading List

The following list was compiled by Darragh McManus of The Guardian newspaper specially for this time of the year. These are novels that are ‘eerie, horrifying or disturbing in unusual and different ways’. ‘Manual’ by Daren King Fetishism, psychic dislocation, unhealthy obsession – ‘Manual’ isn’t an easy book to warm to, but it will linger in […]


Some important quotes from ‘Macbeth’ Act 2

Again, make sure you know and understand each of these.   Banquo – Fleance ‘A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, And yet I would not sleep.’   Banquo – Macbeth ‘I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters: To you they have show’d some truth.’   Macbeth – Banquo ‘I think not […]


Friendship as demonstrated by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

The friendship demonstrated by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is in sharp contrast to that demonstrated by Horatio.  We first meet these two characters in Act 2 Scene 2 as they have been summoned by Claudius to court in order that they may spy on Hamlet. ‘I entreat you both, That, being of you young days brought […]


Friendship of Hamlet and Horatio in Act 1

In Act 1 Scene 1 Horatio and Marcellus join Bernardo on the battlement of Elsinore so that they may witness the ghost if he reappears. When the ghost leaves without having spoken to any of the men there, Horatio declares: ‘and by my advice Let us impart what we have seen tonight Unto young Hamlet; […]


The importance of punctuation!

Each of these examples demonstrates how variations in punctuation can alter the meaning of a sentence or sentences.   Woman: without her, man is nothing! Woman, without her man, is nothing!     ‘The teacher,’ said the student, ‘is listening!’ The teacher said, ‘The student is listening.’     Dear Jack, I want a man […]


Some important quotes from ‘Macbeth’ Act 1

Be sure that you know and understand each of these quotations.   First Witch – Second and Third Witch ‘When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?’   All three witches ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair’   Sergeant – Duncan ‘but all’s too weak; For brave Macbeth, – well […]


Novels set in boarding schools

If you’re looking for something to read, you may want to find a novel that you can relate to. Here are a number of novels set (or partially set) in boarding schools. Do they relate to your experience? Which of these have you read? Lord Dismiss Us – Michael Campbell (1967) The Catcher in the […]



What do you look for in a book?

Write a note about what you look for when you are choosing a book to read. Do you prefer novels, biographies, history books, sports books? Is character important to you or are you drawn to books with plenty of action? Have you ever been disappointed by a book that did not live up to expectations? […]