Monthly Archives for March 2012


6A1 Easter Revision

Here is a suggestion for some revision over the Easter holidays. I suggest that you do around 30-45 mins of English a day and I have given you a break on the three Sundays. Sat 31st March – Poet 1: choose the first poet that you are going to revise. Add to your notes on […]


Films with the theme of racism

If you enjoyed reading ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry’ then you might enjoy watching some of these movies. They all have the theme of racism as one of their central themes. ‘The Color Purple’ (1985) Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg, this film is based on the novel of […]




Wordplay Wednesday – pun

A pun is a joke exploiting the different meanings of a word or the fact that there are words of the same sound and different meanings. Here are some examples: I wondered why the basketball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down. Did you […]



Reading after ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’

When you have read ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’ you might like to read one of more of the following novels which contain similar themes to Mildred Taylor’s book: ‘The Friends’ by Rosa Guy Phyllisia comes from the West Indies to stay in Harlem, New York, where she becomes a friend of Edith who […]


Wordplay Wednesday – etymology

Etymology is the study of word origins – where they come from and how and where they were created. Many words that we use today come from different languages that have evolved and changed over time. To discover where a word comes from often puts it in an entirely new light. The following are some […]


The poetry of Adrienne Rich

In order to be able to anwer a comprehensive essay on the poetry of Adrienne Rich, be sure that you know each of the following aspects of her work. Make notes on each heading to supplement the work done in class. Themes – Power and powerlessness – Relationships, especially marriage, and their breakdown – Conflict […]


Wordplay Wednesday – pleonasm

Pleonasm is an unusual word for a simple idea. Pleonasm is the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning. Students who use redunant words in their writing will lose marks for the coherence of their piece of work. If a word is not necessary and does not add to the overall meaning […]