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Writers on Writing

Below are links to videos from the World Book Day Storycraft site. They feature published authors giving tips about how to improve your descriptive writing.

For your prep, you need to watch at least the first video and make some brief notes in your book summarising what you learn.

The first author is Marcus Sedgwick who wrote The Foreshadowing, the book we’re reading as a class. Other featured authors are Malorie Blackman, Cressida Cowell and Andy Stanton.

Compare how writers explore memory in ‘War Photographer’ and ‘Piano’.

These are the notes we made when we planned our response to the essay:

Compare how writers explore memory in War Photographer and Piano.

Both writers explore the idea that memory is painful and that the past has a lasting impact on the present through their use of objects as the trigger for the remembrance of events in the past. In ‘War Photographer’, memories evoked by the photographers are seen to cause suffering whilst in ‘Piano’ memories relived as a result of the music are bitter sweet and nostalgic. Both poems suggest that memories are chaotic and that, in the present, people attempt to control thoughts of things from the past.

Both poets use objects as the triggers of memory. In ‘War Photographer’, the photographs are presented as the embodiment of the photographer’s traumatic memories. **text, analysis, development** This is mirrored in ‘Piano’ where the sound of the music triggers the poet’s recall of the past. **text, analysis, development**

Both poets structure their poems as a way of linking memories of the past with the present. In ‘War Photograph’, Duffy uses… **text, analysis, development** However, in ‘Piano’, the form is… **text, analysis, development**


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Language Analysis – things to look out for

When approaching a text, it can be difficult to identify the features in the language that you want to write about.

This is a list of some key terms for language analysis that you might find helpful.

Language Analysis

This is designed to help with analysis of Shakespeare, in particular Romeo and Juliet but it could equally apply to any text where you need to analyse the language and evaluate the writer’s craft.

Shakespeare Unseen – things to look out for

This is a document designed to help with the OCR A Level English Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare Unseen element.

It was prepared with Twelfth Night in mind, hence the examples, but it could work for other texts as well.

The first section focuses on language and lists a variety of devices and features with definitions and examples from the text.

The second section lists some possible dramatic effects.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list; it is just intended to give some pointers.

Shakespeare Unseen – things to look out for

Exemplar Essay – Twelfth Night disrupts ideas of class, status and gender

This is an example essay completed in timed conditions (35 minutes) for OCR A Level English Literature Paper 1: Twelfth Night Section B.

The question was:

Twelfth Night disrupts ideas of class, status and gender.’ How far do you agree with this view of the play?

It uses the mnemonic QTI as its approach.

Q – question (focus, critical position, key terms)

T – text

I – interpretation (including changing interpretations over time)

TN disrupts ideas of class status and gender