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English Literature

In the final week of Term 1, in English Literature, we studied the importance of the Cratchit family Christmas in A Christmas Carol. On Tuesday, we read about the Cratchit's Christmas and how Dickens uses it to exemplify the positive aspects of how a working class family can pull together.

On Wednesday, we picked up on the continuous motif of fire and how it symbolises happiness and family. This reference is highlighted as the Cratchits all sit closely around the fire on Christmas day. This symbolises their strong family bond despite their conditions. As well as this, we analysed the presentation of Mrs Cratchit. We broke down the quote "Then up rose Mrs Cratchit, dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which are cheap and make a goodly show for sixpence." The phrase 'goodly show for sixpence' shows that Mrs Cratchit tries to look good for Christmas even though she can't afford the finest of things. As well as this, it highlights the Cratchit family's lack of money and their need to make do.

On Thursday, we analysed how Dickens uses the Cratchits to present ideas about money. He does this by presenting the Cratchit family Christmas as minimalistic yet having an aura of happiness. This is shown in the quotation "two tumblers and a custard-cup without a handle... as well as golden goblets would've done." The phrase 'as well as golden goblets' shows the Cratchits don't require expensive items and that they're happy despite being lower class. As well as this, the Cratchit's are shown as being grateful for their meal as it is their best meal of the year and that they saved up what little money they have for it.


English Language

In English Language on Monday, we began preparing for our speaking assessments. We watched a few videos of speeches and tried to figure out where they would fit in the criteria. The three criteria are pass (being the lowest), merit (being in the middle) and distinction (being the highest). Speaking assessments are based on audibility, whether or not they're spoken in Standard English (no slang), their ability to express ideas/information/feelings, their  organisation and structure, whether they achieve the purpose of their presentation(to inform, entertain and/or persuade) and the ability of the person giving the presentation to listen to feedback/questions and respond to it successfully.

On Friday, we reviewed our Language Paper 2 Section A assessments. We identified the question we needed to improve the most on and noted the steps we need to take to improve. My target question is question 3 and in order to improve I need to: take quotes in the wider context of the text rather than thinking about them in isolation and to clearly state to the examiner what the person/thing is being presented as.