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English Literature

This week in English we discussed the ideas of ignorance and want in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

  • Ignorance (noun) – lack of information or knowledge
  • Want (noun) – a lack or deficiency of something

These ideas link to A Christmas Carol and Victorian society because the idea of ignorance links to the rich not caring for anyone but themselves. Whereas, want links to the idea of the poor people not having any food or money given to them by charitable people.

We discussed the fact that ignorance and want are still parts of modern-day society but in potentially different ways from how they were in Dickens’ time. For example: racism, homophobia, sexism and ageism are all examples of society’s illnesses, especially in modern day society, compared to the key Victorian issues of social injustice and poverty that Dickens discussed in the novella.

Whilst reading stave 3 this week we discussed the similarities and differences of the Cratchit’s and Fred’s Christmases. For example: both of the families aren’t very wealthy but they enjoyed themselves because they are filled the Christmas spirit. They also have similar opinions of Scrooge as Mr. Cratchit thanks Scrooge in a speech that he is the ‘founder of the feast’ whilst Fred also treats his uncle (Scrooge) with far greater respect than he seems to have earned.

English Language


One part of our GCSE English exam is to do a speaking exam, where we have to write a speech. This week in our Language lesson, we were shown a video of Emma Watson’s ‘He for She’ speech at the UN. We were assigned a homework to write the first draft of our speech. We were given a variety of topics to write our speeches on, some examples of which were: animal testing, footballers’ wages, and feminism.English Language

If you’re interested, this is Emma Watson’s speech:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6XTx2Rg04g

Whilst we were watching, the intelligent and talented, Emma Watson’s speech we wrote down some of the writer’s techniques she used such as:

  • Anecdotes
  • Statistics
  • Stating opinions as facts
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Personal pronouns