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Thanks for visiting my shop! I'm a private tutor and content creator for 'Scrbbly' (an online English platform). I was formerly Head of English and an AQA Examiner, so I use my expertise to make online resources for students and teachers of all levels, from GCSE to University! I cover AQA, Edexcel, OCR and CIE (Cambridge), WJEC/Eduqas and CCEA exam boards.

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Thanks for visiting my shop! I'm a private tutor and content creator for 'Scrbbly' (an online English platform). I was formerly Head of English and an AQA Examiner, so I use my expertise to make online resources for students and teachers of all levels, from GCSE to University! I cover AQA, Edexcel, OCR and CIE (Cambridge), WJEC/Eduqas and CCEA exam boards.
Descriptive Writing For English Language GCSE/A Level
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Descriptive Writing For English Language GCSE/A Level

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This resource is an accompaniment to my YouTube video, which discusses the basics of descriptive writing, including how to differentiate between descriptive and narrative essays, as well as how to incorporate high level techniques, punctuation and vocabulary in order to achieve top marks. It’s tailored towards students taking GCSEs - especially the AQA, Edexcel, WJEC and CIE exam boards - but it is also useful for teaching students a grounding in Creative Writing for A Level and beyond. Please subscribe to my channel and view the other videos too!
'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller - Essay Questions
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'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller - Essay Questions

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This short document includes a list of possible essay questions relating to Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible’. It includes: DISCURSIVE ESSAY QUESTIONS CLOSE READING ESSAY QUESTIONS ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY QUESTIONS
How to Understand the Mark Scheme: CIE/Cambridge IGCSE Literature
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How to Understand the Mark Scheme: CIE/Cambridge IGCSE Literature

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For students taking IGCSE in Literature, the absolute best way to ensure a high grade is to understand how the mark scheme works. This page will give you a breakdown of everything you need to know so that you can what examiners are looking for in plain language. You then need to make sure each essay you write contains all this stuff! Before understanding the mark scheme, make sure you’ve looked at the Assessment Objectives and you know how those work. There are two IGCSE syllabuses for Cambridge: 0475 and 0992. Although they’re almost exactly the same in marking, I’ve given both versions below for you so that you can see your own exams clearly.
Assessment Objectives and What They Mean: CIE Cambridge IGCSE Literature (0475 / 0992)
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Assessment Objectives and What They Mean: CIE Cambridge IGCSE Literature (0475 / 0992)

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For students taking IGCSE in Literature, the absolute best way to ensure a high grade is to familiarise yourself with the assessment objectives (AOs). This page will give you a breakdown of each objective, so that you can understand them and what examiners are looking for in plain language. You then need to make sure each essay you write contains all this stuff! There are two IGCSE syllabuses for Cambridge: 0475 and 0992. Although they’re almost exactly the same in marking, I’ve given both versions below for you so that you can see your own exams clearly.
Macbeth - Essay Questions and Exam Style Questions (Close Reading Extracts for GCSE)
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Macbeth - Essay Questions and Exam Style Questions (Close Reading Extracts for GCSE)

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Here are some GCSE style essay questions on Shakespeare’s Macbeth that I’ve made for students to practise their essay style and exam technique! Hope you enjoy them; they’re especially tailored towards AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Eduqas and CIE (Cambridge) exam boards. They all contain extracts, so they are close reading but students will also need to reference the text as a whole to make a fully rounded essay answer. Though A Level questions will usually be a bit more complex, feel free to use them for A Level students too — it’ll definitely get them thinking deeper about the ideas of the play. Please note: This document is questions only; if you’re looking for example essays try this link: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-example-a-level-essays-12396094
An Inspector Calls: Story Summary
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An Inspector Calls: Story Summary

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Here’s a summary of the story / narrative for J.B. Priestley’s play ‘An Inspector Calls’ — it’s suitable for students at GCSE, IGCSE or A Level (Edexcel, AQA, OCR, CIE/Cambridge, CCEA, WJEC, Eduqas). I’ve made it as short and clear as possible so that they can get to grips with the main ideas and most important scenes quickly!
'Bayonet Charge/Charge of The Light Brigade' Comparison Essay B grade
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'Bayonet Charge/Charge of The Light Brigade' Comparison Essay B grade

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Here’s an essay completed by one of my students taking the ‘AQA Power and Conflict’ poetry module. It was his first comparative essay and his first poetry essay, so he did amazingly well! However, there is also clear room for improvement - I would expect the same student to be on a minimum of an L7 / A Grade by the time he takes his exams. I have given detailed feedback underneath to help him improve, plus a breakdown of the mark scheme and grade boundaries to show how his essay would convert to a specific grade.
Descriptive Writing Task: Object
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Descriptive Writing Task: Object

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Many of the creative writing and descriptive writing questions in exams require you to focus on an object, person, place or thing. In this mini-lesson, I will go through the basics of how to describe an object in detail – and not just in a boring way!
Rudyard Kipling 'If' - Poem Analysis
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Rudyard Kipling 'If' - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a full breakdown of ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE students but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Enjoy! Includes: THE POEM VOCABULARY STORY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM ATTITUDES CONTEXT THEMES
An Inspector Calls: B grade/L6 Example Essay
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An Inspector Calls: B grade/L6 Example Essay

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This is an essay example that a Y10 GCSE student completed whilst studying ‘An Inspector Calls’, it was not written in timed conditions. He was not used to writing essays and this was one of his first attempts, it came out very well! There are examiner’s marks and comments below - it received an L6 / B grade overall.
'The Three Fates' B Grade Essay Example + Feedback
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'The Three Fates' B Grade Essay Example + Feedback

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This is an essay completed by an IGCSE student, though in non-timed conditions. It received a B grade overall (borderline A), although some of the ideas and interpretations demonstrate a higher level and the issues with it are mostly structural. Suitable for CIE/Cambridge and IGCSE students, but also for those at a higher level. It includes: The Essay Question The Essay Mark Scheme Examiner Notes/Comments
Carol Ann Duffy 'War Photographer' - Poem Analysis
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Carol Ann Duffy 'War Photographer' - Poem Analysis

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A detailed analysis of the poem ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE (Edexcel and CIE/Cambridge) students but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Includes: VOCABULARY STORY/SUMMARY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM ATTITUDES CONTEXT THEMES
Robert Browning 'My Last Duchess' - Poem Analysis
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Robert Browning 'My Last Duchess' - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a full breakdown of the ideas in ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE students (AQA / Edexcel exam boards) but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Enjoy! Includes: THE POEM VOCABULARY STORY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM CONTEXT THEMES
AQA GCSE English Language 1 - Mock Paper
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AQA GCSE English Language 1 - Mock Paper

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This resource provides a Mock Paper for AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1, Section A, and B, and it helps with understanding and explaining how to approach given questions.
Vernon Scannell  'Hide and Seek' - Poem Analysis
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Vernon Scannell 'Hide and Seek' - Poem Analysis

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A detailed analysis of the poem ‘Hide and Seek’ by Vernon Scannell, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE (Edexcel and CIE/Cambridge) students but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Includes: VOCABULARY STORY/SUMMARY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM ATTITUDES CONTEXT THEMES
William Blake 'The Tyger' - Poem Analysis
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William Blake 'The Tyger' - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a full breakdown of the ideas in ‘The Tyger’ by Wiliam Blake, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE students but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Enjoy! Includes: THE POEM VOCABULARY STORY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM ATTITUDES CONTEXT THEMES
U. A. Fanthorpe 'Half-past Two' - Poem Analysis
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U. A. Fanthorpe 'Half-past Two' - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a full breakdown of ‘Half-past Two’ by U. A. Fanthorpe, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE students but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Enjoy! Includes: VOCABULARY STORY/SUMMARY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM ATTITUDES CONTEXT THEMES
John Keats 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' - Poem Analysis
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John Keats 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a full breakdown of the ideas in ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ by John Keats, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE students but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Enjoy! Includes: THE POEM VOCABULARY STORY/SUMMARY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM CONTEXT THEMES
William Shakespeare 'Sonnet 116' - Poem Analysis
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William Shakespeare 'Sonnet 116' - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a full breakdown of ‘Sonnet 116’ by William Shakespeare, tailored towards GCSE / IGCSE students but also useful for those studying at a higher level. Enjoy! Includes: THE POEM VOCABULARY STORY/SUMMARY SPEAKER/VOICE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE/FORM CONTEXT THEMES