Saturday, 31 December 2016

Mom Luby and the Social Worker by Kristin Hunter


Mom Luby

An elderly woman who is as strong as any young woman.
She has white hair and false teeth. 
She runs a speakeasy in the back room of her house.
She fosters two young children.
She is a midwife, herb doctor and ordained minister of the Gospel.
She's a very productive woman who helps the people in her community.
She is very proud.

Miss Rushmore

She works at the Department of Child Welfare, Bureau of Family Assistance.
She is very thorough in her investigation of Mom Luby.
She is awed by Mom Luby's productivity.

Elijah (narrator) & Puddin' - The two young children that Mom Luby fosters. 


The United States of America between 1920-1933, during the time of the Prohibition in the United States.

Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1919 to 1933. The dry movement was led by rural Protestants in both political parties and was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League. 

Narrative Point of View is the way events in the story are seen through the eyes of the person who narrates the story.


Love and Family Relationship

The love that Mom Luby has for her two young charges is apparent by her simple act of fostering them. She is a poor, older woman who runs a speakeasy to survive. This is not the profile of someone who should be willing to take care of two young children, as well as a whole community, yet she does. The act of visiting the Social Security Office is a testament to her commitment to taking care of the two children. The great irony in this short story is that a poor, older lady, is able to take better care of two little children than the State agency that is assigned to do so. This is because she can get more accomplished in two hours, to benefit them, than the agency can accomplish in two years with their most motivated agent.


Satire: sat•ire  

The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of...a play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire.

Satire is a literary device that uses wit or irony to expose and ridicule a human weakness. The inefficiency of bureaucratic procedures is satirized in this story.

Irony usually signals a difference between the appearance of things and reality. For instance, an “Ironic statements (verbal irony) often convey a meaning exactly opposite from their literal meaning. In ironic situations (situational irony), actions often have an effect exactly opposite from what is intended.”


Saturday, 24 December 2016

CSEC English A & B SBA Facebook Page

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!! 

I hope you are having a great holiday. I know that most of us are overwhelmed with marking exam scripts as well as planning for the new school term. With this in mind, I have created a Facebook page that is centred around the CSEC English A and B SBA. There, you will find posts based on the SBA as well as additional resources. I hope to see you there. 

On another note, I would like to thank my colleagues who have personally shared with me that they have been using the blog as a resource site. Thank you!!! I look forward to seeing you on the Facebook page. Click Here


Friday, 9 December 2016

Examining the Types of English B Questions


Examine the similarities as well as differences to reach a general conclusion.

For example: 

Compare the ways in which the two parents in the poems “Ana” and “Little Boy Crying” demonstrate their love for the children.

Compare and Contrast

Examine the similarities as well as differences to reach a general conclusion.

It must be noted that the word “compare” used by itself takes into consideration both similarities and differences. However, the word contrast used by itself indicates that only the differences must be

For example: 

Discuss TWO ways in which Lady Macduff is contrasted with Lady Macbeth.


Examine how the writer uses different elements (for example, literary device, stage props) to create effect and meaning. The overall effect on the piece of work must also be provided. The effect must take into account the writers purpose, and other elements of the piece of work, for example, theme, structure, diction and tone.

For example: 

Comment on the shifts of mood in the scene in which Lady Macduff appears.


Provide a detailed account, including significant characteristics or traits of the issue in question.

For example: 

Describe Macbeth’s conflicting thoughts and feelings as he contemplates the murder.


Provide an extended answer exploring related concepts and issues using detailed examples but not necessarily drawing a conclusion.

For example: 

Discuss the importance of Katherina’s final speech in The Taming of the Shrew


Focus on what, how and why something occurred. State the reasons or justifications, interpretation of results and causes.

For example: 

Explain the dramatic significance of this scene.

Monday, 5 December 2016

A Video Overview of the Play: Julius Caesar


A Video Summary of the Play: The Tempest

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A Dramatisation of the Play: The Tempest

Above is a video presentation of the play, The Tempest

Features of a Shakespeare Comedy

What makes a Shakespeare comedy identifiable if the genre is not distinct from the Shakespeare tragedies and histories?

This is an ongoing area of debate, but many believe that the comedies share certain characteristics, as described below:

Comedy through language: Shakespeare communicated his comedy through language and his comedy plays are peppered with clever word play, metaphors and insults.
  • Act 1- scene 1 Shipwreck
  • Act 2- Conversation between Caliban and Prospero

Love: The theme of love is prevalent in every Shakespeare comedy. Often, we are presented with sets of lovers who, through the course of the play, overcome the obstacles in their relationship and unite.
Complex plots: The plot line of a Shakespeare comedy contains more twists and turns than his tragedies and histories. Although the plots are convoluted, they do follow similar patterns. For example, the climax of the play always occurs in the third act and the final scene has a celebratory feel when the lovers finally declare their love for each other.
Mistaken identities: The plot is often driven by mistaken identity. Sometimes this is an intentional part of a villain’s plot, as in Much Ado About Nothing when Don John tricks Claudio into believing that his fiancĂ© has been unfaithful through mistaken identity.

Characters also play scenes in disguise and it is not uncommon for female characters to disguise themselves as male characters.



Answer ONE question in this section.
You must state the title of any books you refer to in your answer.




5. “To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age novel in which Jem and Scout learn some important
lessons about life.”

Write an essay in which you describe TWO incidents that teach the children an important lesson.
In this essay, you must also discuss how ONE of the incidents affects the children, and examine
ONE narrative technique the writer uses to present important lessons about life.
                                                                                                                        Total 35 marks


BREATH, EYES, MEMORY—Edwidge Danticat

6. “Mother-daughter relationships are built on a web of traditional practices.”

Write an essay in which you describe ONE mother-daughter relationship in Breath, Eyes Memory.
In this essay you must also discuss how a traditional practice affects that relationship, and examine
how ONE technique is used by the writer to explore mother-daughter relationships.
                                                                                                                                 Total 35 marks

CSEC English B 2018-2023 Sample Questions - Section B

Answer ONE question in this section.

A WORLD OF POETRY FOR CSEC —Mark McWatt and Hazel Simmons-McDonald


3. “‘My Parents’ and ‘Little Boy Crying’ explore childhood experiences.”

Write an essay in which you describe the experience of EACH child. In this essay, you must also discuss how the child in EACH poem feels about the other persons involved in the experience, and examine ONE device that is used to present the child’s experience in EACH poem.

                                                                                             Total 35 marks

4. Choose TWO poems that you have studied from the prescribed list which focuses on an individual’s dreams OR desires.

Write an essay in which you outline EACH speaker’s dream OR desire. In this essay, you must discuss the speaker’s attitude to the obstacle that affects the achievement of the dream OR desire in EACH poem, and examine ONE device that is used to explore dreams OR desires in EACH poem.

                                                                                               Total 35 marks

Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Tempest Acts 4 & 5 Summary

Act IV.

Prospero tells Ferdinand that he no longer will punish him, but instead will freely give his daughter's hand in marriage to him. Prospero conjures up a beautiful, mythical, illusory party to celebrate, complete with goddesses and nymphs.

Prospero instructs Ariel to lead the shipwrecked men on the island before him. Remembering Stephano, Caliban and Trinculo, Prospero has Ariel distract them with clothes, Caliban failing to keep his friends focused on killing Prospero. Prospero promises Ariel that he will soon be free...

Act V.

Prospero brings everyone except Stephano, Caliban and Trinculo before him in a circle. Spellbound, he verbally reprimands several of the men who exiled him. Prospero tells Ariel that he will soon be free and that he will miss him. Prospero also intends to destroy his ability to use magic.

Making his presence known, Prospero forgives King Alonso, and tells Sebastian and Antonio he will keep secret their plan to kill Alonso, forgiving both.

The famously sweet scene of Ferdinand playing chess with Miranda occurs. King Alonso is overjoyed to see his son Ferdinand and soon learns of Ferdinand's imminent marriage to Miranda.
Prospero forgives Stephano and Trinculo. Caliban is embarrassed that he followed a fool (Trinculo). 

Caliban is given his freedom. Prospero announces that in the morning they will all set sail for Naples. Ariel is at last set free.

Characters in The Tempest




Prospero's Use of Power


Ariel's Role in the Play

Final Review

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