Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Questions based on Ol’ Higue

1.       What image of Ol’ Higue does the poet present in stanza one?
2.       What complaint does Ol’ Higue make in stanza one? Quote the expressions which support your answer.
3a.        Why would Ol’ Higue be “Burning like a cane fire”?
3b.      Why does she have to count a thousand grains?
4.       Why is the blood of babies attractive to Ol’ Higue?
5.       How and when does she perform her “blood-sucking” task?
6.       Give one reason why Ol’ Higue would love women giving birth.
7.       Do you consider Ol’ Higue a mysterious character?
8.       What feeling does Ol’ Higue evoke in you as you read the poem?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 20-30 Questions

Chapter 20
1. Scout says that “Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man”. Is she right?

2. In most states of the USA people who drink alcohol in public places are required to hide their bottle in a paper bag. Why does Dolphus Raymond hide Coca-Cola in a bag?

3. What, according to Atticus, is the thing that Mayella has done wrong? Explain, in your own words, Atticus's views on people's being equal. 

Chapter 21
1. What does Jem expect the verdict to be? Does Atticus think the same? 

2. What is unusual about how long it takes the jury to reach a verdict? Is the verdict predictable or not? 

 3. As Scout waits for the verdict, she thinks of earlier events. What are these and how do they remind us of the novel's central themes? 

 Chapter 22
1. Although Atticus did not want his children in court, he defends Jem's right to know what has happened. Explain, in your own words, Atticus's reasons for this. (Look at the speech beginning, “This is their home, sister”.)

2. Miss Maudie tells Jem that “things are never as bad as they seem”. What reasons does she give for this view?

3. Why does Dill say that he will be a clown when he grows up? Do you think he would keep this ambition for long?

4. This story is set in the 1930s but was published in 1960. Have attitudes to racism remained the same (in the USA and the UK) or have there been any changes (for the better or worse) since then, in your view?

5. Why does Bob Ewell feel so angry with Atticus? Do you think his threat is a real one, and how might he try to “get” Atticus? 

Chapter 23
1. What do you think of Atticus's reaction to Bob Ewell's challenge? Should he have ignored Bob, retaliated or done something else?

2. What is “circumstantial evidence”? What has it got to do with Tom's conviction?

3. What does Atticus tell Scout about why the jury took so long to convict Tom?

4. Why does Aunt Alexandra accept that the Cunninghams may be good but are not “our kind of folks”? Do you think that people should mix only with others of the same social class? Are class-divisions good or bad for societies?

5. At the end of this chapter, Jem forms a new theory about why Boo Radley has never left his house in years. What is this? How likely is it to be true, in your opinion?

Chapter 24
1. Do you think the missionary ladies are sincere in worrying about the “Mrunas” (a tribe in Africa)? Give reasons for your answer. 

 2. Compare the reactions of Miss Maudie and the other ladies when Scout says she is wearing her “britches” under her dress.

3. What is your opinion of the Maycomb ladies, as depicted in this chapter?

4. Explain briefly how Tom was killed. What is Atticus's explanation for Tom's attempted escape. Do you think agree with Atticus? How, in this chapter, do we see Aunt Alexandra in a new light? How does Miss Maudie support her?

Chapter 25 
1. How does Maycomb react to the news of Tom's death? 

2. Comment on the idea that Tom's death was “typical”?

3. Explain the contrast Scout draws between the court where Tom was tried and “the secret courts of men's hearts”. In what way are hearts like courts?

Why did Jem not want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell's ("One down and about two more to go")? Was this a wise thing to ask her to do?


Chapter 26
1. In her lesson on Hitler, Miss Gates says that “we (American people) don't believe in persecuting anyone”. What seems odd to the reader about this claim? 

 2. Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler?


3. Why does Scout's question upset Jem? Is there a simple answer, or any answer, to the question (“How can you hate Hitler an’ then turn around an be ugly about folks right at home?")

Chapter 27
1. What three things does Bob Ewell do that alarm Aunt Alexandra?

2. Why, according to Atticus, does Bob Ewell bear a grudge? Which people does Ewell see as his enemies, and why?

3. What was the purpose of the Halloween pageant? What practical joke had persuaded the grown ups to have an organized event?

Chapter 28 
1. Comment on the way this chapter reminds the reader of earlier events in the novel.

2. Why does Jem say that Boo Radley must not be at home? What is ironic about this? (Is it true? Does he really mean it? Why might it be important for him and Scout that Boo should not be at home?)

3. Scout decides to keep her costume on while walking home. How does this affect her understanding of what happens on the way?

4. Why had Atticus not brought a chair for the man in the corner?

Chapter 29 
1. What causes the “shiny clean line” on the otherwise “dull wire” of Scout's costume?

2. What explanation does Atticus give for Bob Ewell's attack?

3. What does Heck Tate give as the reason for the attack?

4. Do you think the sheriff's explanation or Atticus's is the more likely to be true?

Chapter 30 
1. Who does Atticus think caused Bob Ewell's death?

2. Why does Heck Tate insist that Bob Ewell's death was self-inflicted? In what way is this partly true?

3. Is Heck Tate right to spare Boo the publicity of an inquest? Give reasons for your answer.

4. How does the writer handle the appearance, at the end of the story, of Boo Radley?


Chapter 31 
1. How do the events of the final chapters explain the first sentence in the whole novel?

2. Comment on the way the writer summarizes earlier events to show their significance.

3. How does Scout make sense of an earlier remark of Atticus's as she stands on the Radley porch? 

4. How much of a surprise is it to find what Boo Radley is really like? Has the story before this point prepared the reader for this discovery?

5. At the end of the novel, Atticus reads to Scout. Comment on his choice of story. Does it have any connection with themes earlier in the novel and in its ending?


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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tips for Writing the CSEC English SBA Reflection


Here are a list of tips you can use when writing the English SBA reflection:


1. Divide the reflection into three sections based on the reflection guidelines (HERE).

2. Allow the students to write the reflection one paragraph/entry at a time in class.

3. After students have written each paragraph allow them to peer edit their reflection in their SBA group. You can create a rubric to guide the process.

4. Allow students to write multiple drafts of the reflection in their SBA notebook before they publish their final draft.

5. Do not give students a set structure for the reflection. Instead, highlight the areas that should be covered in the reflection and allow students to formulate how they want to word the reflection for themselves.

6. Write a sample reflection with your class.

7. The reflection MUST be written in class.


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Saturday, 13 May 2017

To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 22-25 Summary




Chapter 22

Tired and upset by the verdict, everyone goes to bed. When the Finch family wakes up in the morning, food has been brought by many of the families in town. Atticus becomes upset and leaves the house.

The whole town is gossiping about the case. The children talk to Miss Maudie about the case. They are very upset that Tom is going to jail and the town did nothing. But Miss Maudie points out that some people did what they could. She tells the children that Judge Taylor appointed Atticus for a reason; he knew that Atticus was the only lawyer in the town who would do his best to defend Tom.

When the children leave Miss Maudie, they hear the newest bit of gossip. Bob Ewell ran into Atticus in town, spat upon him, and told him he would get revenge one way or another.

Chapters 23

Atticus seems unaffected by Ewell's threats, but the children fear for him. Atticus tries to calm them and explain that Bob Ewell was just letting off steam. Later, Scout and Aunt Alex have a fight about Scout's choice of friends. When Scout mentions that she would like to have Walter Cunningham back to the house, Aunt Alex explains that the Cunnunghams are below them and they shouldn't get too close. Scout goes to her room in a mood. Jem approaches her and tells her not to be bothered by their Aunt. And Jem has good news. He shows Scout his very first chest hair.

Chapter 24

Aunt Alex hosts a meeting of the missionary league at the Finch home one afternoon. Scout tries her best to associate with the women, but would rather stay in the kitchen with Calpurnia.

Atticus comes home with that bad news that Tom Robinson has died. He was shot by guards at the prison who claim he was trying to escape. Everyone is upset by the news, even Aunt Alexandra. Atticus and Calpurnia leave to go break the news to Tom's wife, Helen.

Chapter 25

The fall arrives and Dill goes back home to Meridian and Scout remembers what Dill told her about the day Tom died. Dill and Scout were picked up by Atticus on the way to the Robinson home, but left in the car. Dill watched as Atticus broke the news to Tom's wife, and she fell to the ground and had to be taken into her house.

Scout also remembers an editorial that Mr. Underwood wrote in the paper. Underwood wrote about Tom's death and the sin of killing a crippled man, even if he was trying to escape. The editorial confuses Scout because she cannot understand the motives of those who wanted to punish Tom.
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