A few of the Year 10 group have been pitching in with comments on the post about Simon and the Pig’s head below. Please look at them if you haven’t already.
I’d love to see more people contributing on here, and on the SparkNotes board. I think that as I write only about four people have completed the SparkNotes task. Remember for Year 10 that is a piece of set work, not an optional extra. If you have a good reason for not wanting to sign up for a public message board, please let me know, and if I’m satisfied by your reason I will consider accepting a contribution on here. Anyone unable or unwilling to do that task will stay behind next Thursday so that you can use the computers in Room UL2 and I can be on hand to show you how to do it.
You will probably gain more in depth understanding of the text and of how to reach the higher level assessment criteria by forcing yourself to think about the questions and arguments put forward and trying to formulate a response with the evidence to support it than you would from any amount of traditional essay work or class teaching. The more you contribute here, the less we will need to do in class, and the more time we will therefore have for other aspects of the course.
Year 11’s: how about some contributions from you too? You have recently had to answer on Lord of the Flies in the mocks. That will probably have made you realise how much revision you have to do. What better way of doing it than by involving yourselves in these discussions now rather than forgetting about the novel until a few weeks (or days!) before the exam.
Remember, your answer on Lord of the Flies will be worth about 30% of your entire marks for GCSE English Literature. In other words it is by a long way the most significant single aspect of what we cover on this course in terms of your final GCSE results.
So come on: get thinking, and get posting.