Archive for September, 2012

Critical Essays Due 26th September!

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Your Critical Essays for ‘Shooting Stars’ are due on Wednesday 26th September. As with your previous essays, stick to the following guidelines for formatting and submission:

  • Word Processed
  • Font size 12 used
  • 1.5 line spacing to allow for comments/marking
  • Basic spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct
  • Your name is on it!
  • You have read it!

As mentioned in class and in all the other posts relating to this essay, also make sure of the following:

  • Structure is correct and follows PCQE
  • Question is answered
  • Reader Response is evident throughout

The essay question and helpsheets can be found on the ‘Shooting Stars’ tab at the side if required.

Any issues over the holiday weekend, drop me a message and I’ll get back to you when I can.

Categories: Tasks and Information

Critical Essay Paragraphs

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Attached below is the exemplar from today’s lesson and a breakdown of how you should aim to structure your critical paragraphs to begin with.

Remember that the focus for your first critical essay is to ensure that it is properly structured and that you have answered the question. Don’t spend too long devouring a thesaurus to make it look sophisticated at this stage, we can worry about that later.

Any questions, post a message. They don’t get posted on here unless I choose to display them, so don’t worry about asking anything daft – any question you have,someone else will most likely want to know the answer as well.

PCQER – Critical Paragraphs

Categories: Shooting Stars

Essay Planning – Early Stages

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Remember to use the following acronym to help plan out the introductory paragraph of your critical essay:



Response to Question

Techniques you will be discussing



Outline of the text to be discussed

Ensure that you use suitably sophisticated vocabulary when writing your intro – this sets the tone for the remainder of your essay.

Given that the question asks you to focus upon the differing emotions which are evident within the poem, the most logical approach to take in planning your analytical and evaluative paragraphs would be to deal with them as they occur chronologically in the poem. Use the information from your analysis tables to help you help you make a start.


Categories: Shooting Stars

The Essay Question

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Your First Critical Essay Question:

Discuss a poem which portrays a conflicting array of emotions. State what these emotions are, under what circumstance they occur, and how effectively the poet conveys them. Include personal response and comment upon the poet’s central concern/message.

Remember that the question is in two distinct parts. The first focuses on your ability to analyse the poem, the second on your ability to evaluate.

Categories: Shooting Stars

Imagery Questions & Examples

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

A wee reminder how to deconstruct images as discussed in class:

Remember that you must deal with both the Literal Root of the image, and also the Figurative Meaning. For example:

The world is a playground

Just as a playground is an environment in which children can socialise, grow and learn, so the world offers us an endless opportunity to develop, prosper and succeed.

America is a melting pot

Just as a melting pot is a container into which a variety of elements are mixed together to fuse into one, so America can be seen to be a country which provides a singular, common identity to peoples from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

All the world’s a stage

Just as a stage offers the opportunity for actors and actresses to perform their artistic ability, so the world offers us an environment in which to showcase our skills and talents.

For Practice:

Try to deconstruct the following images:

  1. She is my east and my west, my compass
  2. Disbelief is a poorly armed foot-soldier in the battle against fear
  3. Love is like a pair of compasses (those you use to draw circle, not point northwards)

Any questions, post a message. Enjoy.

Categories: Higher

Marking Schemes and Past Papers

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The SQA Past Papers and Marking Schemes can be found at:

Categories: Higher

Shooting Stars Analysis Table

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

A copy of the blank analysis table with the quotes and techniques completed. Two exemplar A&E sections are available to view.

SS Analysis Table

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