Miss Burch’s year 9 class: summer writing task

Hi year 9,

You need to write for or against arranged OR forced marriage. These attachments should help:

Article All Arranged Marriages Need To Be Addressed

Article Forced marriage parents face jail under new laws

Article What is a forced marriage

Structuring your argument

Aim for 1-2 pages typed – hand in first week back in September.

Have a lovely summer!

Miss Burch

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Year 13 NEA Yellow Wallpaper : sexual difference critical viewpoint

Hi all,  I found this essay which is very useful if you are writing about The Yellow Wallpaper / gender within a critical text called “An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory” (Bennett and Royle) that I have from my undergraduate degree (core reading in Year 1)

Print out – will be easier to read

Sexual difference YWP wider reading

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NEA “one stop shop” – all resources in one place

Dear Year 13

NEA intro slides deadlines/ rubric/ideas for links

nea-plc list of what you need to include

The exam board shared the following 5 essays which they marked. These should give you an idea of the standard and also see the examiner comments to explain the mark. I know it is difficult to read essays about texts you haven’t read but you need to persevere. Look at how they have structured their essay; how many primary text quotes have they used?; how many critical quotes have they used?; how did they incorporate structure and form?; how did they write an intro? How did they signpost their argument at the start and end of paragraphs? How much context did they include?

25 marks  25 marks examiner’s comments

21 marks   21 marks examiner’s comments

17 marks 17 marks examiner’s comments

13 marks 13 marks examiner’s comments

8 marks 8 marks examiner’s comments

There are also some more band 5 NEA responses on the website if you scroll to the bottom of this page (response B compares TYW with We need to Talk about Kevin) :


Here are the questions chosen by last year’s students Year 12 into 13 NEA title list

Here is the list we came up with as a department NEA lsit of possible questions

Here are two example detailed plans : example NEA detailed plan 1 example NEA detailed plan 2

This is a breakdown of how the specimen response was planned by the exam board NEA plan from specimen response

Here is the cover sheet you need to print and complete when you submit your NEA cover sheet

“Mad woman in the attic” critical starting point The Yellow Wallpaper – Gilbert and Gubar criticism




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Year 8 gothic horror reading list

Hello year 8,

Here’s a list of the books you have suggested in your gothic horror presentations. It would be great if you could choose one to read over the summer.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Thin Air by Michelle Paver

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Shining by Stephen King

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Salam’s Lot by Stephen King

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Dracula by Bram Stoker


Miss Burch

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Year 12 NEA planning resource

Here is the link to the AQA website – they have put on some more examples of Band 5 NEA essays:


I went through the first example they uploaded and tried to work out how it was structured Skeleton plan based on AQA example

Here is my example of how to create a detailed plan with an example of one planned section example planning a paragraph


Mrs Taylor, Ms Murphy, Mrs Sharp, Mrs Morgan

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Y12 – Yellow Wallpaper (context and linking AO2/3 lessons)

Dear Y12

Here are the slides/links for double today.


Mrs Morgan


linking ao3 and ao2


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GCSE poetry and Pride and Prejudice help

Here’s a link to a really helpful website which has annotations on all the poems in the love and relationships cluster. You just need to click on the grey highlighted areas and the annotations come up.


Here’s a link for the same sort of thing for Pride and Prejudice. It goes through each chapter individually.



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Year 8 homework

Hi year 8,

Either complete the work on the computer then print and stick into your book next to your assessment OR print the sheet, stick it into your book next to your assessment and complete it by hand.

Miss Burch

Assessment improvement time homework

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Year 9 Famer’s Bride unseen prompts

Farmer’s Bride unseen Ao2

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Year 13 A02 structure and form NEA slide

What is A02 form and structure

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