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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.
Macbeth: Act 1 Scene 6 Study Questions
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Macbeth: Act 1 Scene 6 Study Questions

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Act 1 Scene 6 is a key scene in Macbeth, even though the tragic hero isn’t in it himself! In this resource you will find the scene itself, plus a breakdown of key vocabulary and comprehension questions.
'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!
Macbeth and Tragedy
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Macbeth and Tragedy

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth fits within the genre of a ‘tragedy’, and it follows by large tragic conventions. Classical tragedies have very strict rules and parameters. This recourse goes through detailed the main points about tragedy and how they link to Macbeth below, to help you understand how the genre influences the play and its ideas.
Essay Example on "Plenty" by Isobel Dixon
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Essay Example on "Plenty" by Isobel Dixon

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I wrote this essay during a poetry lesson with a student who is taking the CIE / Cambridge IGCSE exam. It wasn’t written under timed conditions so the middle paragraphs are slightly longer than you’d ideally aim for in your own, but I tried to include all of the main important ideas that you’d need for a high A or A* (L7/L8/L9) grade at GCSE — including analysis of form, structure and language, a clear layout, a central argument and understanding deeper meanings and alternative interpretations. Enjoy!
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.
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.
'Checking Out Me History' by John Agard - Poem Analysis
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'Checking Out Me History' by John Agard - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a detailed analysis of the poem ‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard. These notes are tailored towards students from Y9 to A-Level (age 13+), including being suitable for collections such as AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. It includes, but is not limited to: Vocabulary Summary Language Features Structure / Form Analysis Context Attitudes / Messages Themes Essay Questions
AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Bundle
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AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Bundle

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This bundle provides a detailed analysis of AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. The notes are tailored towards students from Y9 to A-Level (age 13+), including being suitable for collections such as AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. Poems included: ‘Bayonet Charge’ ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ ‘London’ ‘Ozymandias’ ‘Poppies’ ‘Remains’ ‘Storm on the Island’ ‘The Émigrée’ ‘War Photographer’ Extract from ‘The Prelude’ ‘My Last Duchess’ ‘Kamikaze’ ‘Checking Out Me History’ Each poem analysis includes, but is not limited to: Vocabulary Summary Language Features Structure / Form Analysis Context Attitudes / Messages Themes Essay Questions
'Kamikaze' by Beatrice Garland - Poem Analysis
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'Kamikaze' by Beatrice Garland - Poem Analysis

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Here’s a detailed analysis of the poem ‘Kamikaze’ by Beatrice Garland. These notes are tailored towards students from Y9 to A-Level (age 13+), including being suitable for collections such as AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. It includes, but is not limited to: Vocabulary Summary Language Features Structure / Form Analysis Context Attitudes / Messages Themes Essay Questions
Derek Walcott's Poetry - Part Two Bundle
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Derek Walcott's Poetry - Part Two Bundle

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Here is a detailed analysis of Derek Walcott’s poetry. It is tailored towards students taking the CIE / Cambridge A-Level syllabus but will be useful for anyone who’s working on understanding the poems at any level. Great for revision, missed lessons, boosting analytical / research skills, and developing students’ confidence in Walcott’s poetry at a higher level. Enjoy! Poems included in the bundle: ‘The Castaway’ ‘The Walk’ ‘Sabbaths, WI’ ‘The Almond Trees’ ‘The Flock’ ‘The Wind in the Dooryard’ ‘To Return to The Trees’ ‘Veranda’ Context Points Example A-grade A-level Essay Each poem analysis includes the following: Vocabulary Story/Summary Speaker/Voice Form/Structure Language Context Themes/Ideas Possible Essay Questions
Characterisation: How to analyse and create characters in stories and plays
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Characterisation: How to analyse and create characters in stories and plays

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This resource provides all the information that you need to know in order to be able to analyse characterisation in stories, novels and plays. It is equally useful for those working on their own creative writing as it provides a breakdown of different d ways to create and develop characters. There are several important points with creating a character, and this resource will help you be the next Charles Dickens!
'The Émigrée' by Carol Rumens - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly
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'The Émigrée' by Carol Rumens - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly

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Here’s a detailed analysis of the poem ‘The Émigrée’ by Carol Rumens. These notes are tailored towards students from Y9 to A-Level (age 13+), including being suitable for collections such as AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. It includes, but is not limited to: Vocabulary Summary Language Features Structure / Form Analysis Context Attitudes / Messages Themes Essay Questions
'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly
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'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly

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Here’s a detailed analysis of the poem ‘Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker. These notes are tailored towards students from Y9 to A-Level (age 13+), including being suitable for collections such as AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. It includes, but is not limited to: Vocabulary Summary Language Features Structure / Form Analysis Context Attitudes / Messages Themes Essay Questions
A-Level Writing Example - Hot Air Balloon
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A-Level Writing Example - Hot Air Balloon

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This is a descriptive writing piece that I wrote in response to a question for GCSE English Language - the question was “Write a description suggested by this photograph” (photo included). It can be used for any student at any level - GCSE and above - to improve their creative writing skills, particularly on the following exam boards: AQA, CIE / Cambridge, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC / Eduqas, CCEA.
'Poppies' by Jane Weir - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly
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'Poppies' by Jane Weir - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly

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Here’s a detailed analysis of the poem ‘Poppies’ by Jane Weir. These notes are tailored towards students from Y9 to A-Level (age 13+), including being suitable for collections such as AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. It includes, but is not limited to: Vocabulary Summary Language Features Structure / Form Analysis Context Attitudes / Messages Themes Essay Questions
'Remains' by Armitage - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly
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'Remains' by Armitage - Poem Analysis by Scrbbly

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Here’s a detailed analysis of the poem ‘Remains’ by Simon Armitage. These notes are tailored towards students from Y9 to A-Level (age 13+), including being suitable for collections such as AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. It includes, but is not limited to: Vocabulary Summary Language Features Structure / Form Analysis Context Attitudes / Messages Themes Essay Questions
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.