Thursday, 4 July 2013

Poetry questions Y10

Hi all, sorry this is posted so late. Answer one of the following in an essay format. Due 12th July 2013

How is relationships presented in Sister Maude and one other poem from the Relationships cluster?

How is language used to present the relationship in Ghazal and one other poem from the Relationships cluster?

Friday, 21 June 2013

Y10 homework: Nettles and war imagery

Please post up your Y10 homework here. Remember to consider Scanell's own war experiences, and if relevant, the context behind he loss of his two children as well.

Ms Kerai

Sunday, 2 June 2013

AQA past papers

Hi all, have a go at some past papers:

Top tip: time yourselves when you try these papers and all the best for Tuesday

Monday, 27 May 2013

Great revision tips on YouTube

Hi all,  sorry this blog has been inactive for the past couple of weeks. Here's a link to Mr Bruff's fantastic playlist of English Language exam videos. Guy's, I know it's half term, but you need to get the revision. I'm working through my half term, so I don't see an excuse for you guys taking it easy...

Also, please please please work through the workbooks that I've gotten for you guys. They're useful and effective tools for revision so please use them.

Mr Bruff English Language exam playlist

Don't forget the Monday 3rd June after school walkthrough in the hall. I'll be taking a register to see how many of you are actually there-I expect all of you to be present.

All the best, see you all on Thursday 30th.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Y11 The Crucible: Context

Here's content from a powerpoint I found from the internet. No copyright infringement intended, but it's pretty good for establishing context for the play...
McCarthyism and The Crucible
The Second Red Scare
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s America was overwhelmed with concerns about the threat of communism growing in Eastern Europe and China. 

Was this fear justified?

Well…yes and no…

Because the Communist Party in the United States helped to organize labor unions and was opposed to fascism, it gained a membership of about 75,000 members in 1940-1941. During WWII, the United States was allied with the Soviet Union. When we were fighting together, no one cared about communism.

The Cold War

After WWII, as the Soviet Union expanded its territory, the Cold War and fears of communism began again.

The Soviet Union tested an atomic bomb in 1949, earlier than many analysts had expected.

That same year, Mao Zedong's Communist army gained control of mainland China despite heavy American financial support of the opposing Kuomintang.

In 1950, the Korean War began, pitting U.S., U.N., and South Korean forces against Communists from North Korea and China.
Who is Joseph McCarthy?

A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, McCarthy was elected to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin in 1946.
He leapt to national fame on 9 February 1950 with a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he waved a piece of paper and claimed "I have in my hand" a list of known communist loyalists working in the State Department.

While the House Un-American Activities Committee had been formed in 1938 as an anti-Communist organ, McCarthy’s accusations heightened the political tensions of the times.
HUAC Investigates Hollywood
The Committee began to subpoena screenwriters, directors, and other movie industry professionals to testify about their known or suspected membership in the Communist Party.
Hollywood Ten
Among the first film industry witnesses subpoenaed by the Committee were ten who decided not to cooperate.

Real Life Repercussions

The ten were sentenced to 6 months to 1 year in prison for contempt of Congress. They were also blacklisted from working in the film industry in Hollywood, until the 1960's when the ban was lifted.
Arthur Miller and HUAC

Before appearing, Miller asked the committee not to ask him to name names, to which the chairman agreed but later ignored the agreement. Arthur Miller had already been named as a suspected communist by another suspect at the hearings. Miller (now married to Marilyn Monroe) applied for a new passport.  The HUAC used this opportunity to subpoena him to appear before the committee. 
When Miller attended the hearing, he gave the committee a detailed account of his political activities (leaving out the fact that he was a communist party member).

Miller refused to name others, saying "I could not use the name of another person and bring trouble on him.“  As a result a judge found Miller guilty of contempt of Congress in May 1957. Miller was fined $500, sentenced to thirty days in prison, blacklisted, and disallowed a U.S. passport.  (sentence later overturned)McCarthy examined authors for allegations of Communist influence. Yielding to the pressure, the State Department ordered its overseas librarians to remove these books from their shelves. Some libraries actually burned the newly forbidden books.
McCarthy's committee then began an investigation into the United States Army. McCarthy garnered some headlines with stories of a dangerous spy ring among the Army researchers, but ultimately nothing came of this investigation.
McCarthy next turned his attention to the case of a U.S. Army dentist who had been promoted to the rank of major despite having refused to answer questions on an Army loyalty review form. McCarthy's handling of this investigation, including a series of insults directed at a brigadier general, led to the Army-McCarthy hearings.
The Army and McCarthy traded charges and counter-charges for 36 days before a nationwide television audience. While the official outcome of the hearings was inconclusive, this exposure of McCarthy to the American public resulted in a sharp decline in his popularity
In less than a year, McCarthy’s position as a prominent force in anti-communism was essentially ended. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to censure Senator McCarthy by a vote of 67 to 22, making him one of the few senators ever to be disciplined in this fashion.
McCarthy died on May 2, 1957, at the age of 48. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis; it is widely accepted that this was exacerbated by alcoholism.

Victims of McCarthyism
The number imprisoned is in the hundreds, and some ten or twelve thousand lost their jobs.  Some of those who were imprisoned or lost their jobs did in fact have some connection with the Communist Party. But for most, both the potential harm to the nation and the nature of their communist affiliation were tenuous.
McCarthy did not just go after suspected communists, he also targeted gays.
The hunt for "sexual perverts", who were presumed to be subversive by nature, resulted in thousands being harassed and denied employment.

The Crucible and McCarthyism

The play focused heavily on the fact that once accused, a person would have little chance of exoneration, given the irrational and circular reasoning of both the courts and the public.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Easter Revision and CA catch up dates

Hi all, just a reminder of the dates that I will be in school for you all to do any work on your folders:
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 = Y11 role play (Hot Seat as Curley or Curley's wife)
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 = Y10/11/12 = controlled assessment catch up
Thursday 4th April 2013 = Y10/11/12 = controlled assessment catch up

Sunday, 24 February 2013

New Mr Bruff Video on Extended Reading Of Mice and Men

Hi all, there's a Mr Bruff video that's a really useful guide to the assessment objectives for the Of Mice and Men controlled assessment. Watch it and the rest of the Of Mice and Men videos from Mr Bruff's channel.

Friday, 22 February 2013

7KR Does World Book Day!

To Celebrate WBD, 7KR have made a short video on why people read. Check it out below. Don't forget to comment, rate and subscribe!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Ms Kerai has a twitter account @MsKeraiKR

Hello Y10, Y11 and Y13! A new dawn has arrived and Ms Kerai has discovered the wonders of social media and signed up to twitter! Follow me and tweet me if you have any issues or queries about your work. Follow me @MsKeraiKR

Y10, we're going to be analysing twitter talk this half term so you'll be asked to sign up to twitter if your parents will let you and we'll start analysing our twitter conversations and updates in class...

Don't forget to start following me, I'll need help with how to work out using this twitter business so don't forget to give me some pointers on how use the account.


Friday, 8 February 2013

Y11 Homework: please post your Spoken Language pieces here

Hello Y 11, please post your homeowrk in the comments below. Antonio and Rene...this means you two!

Saturday, 2 February 2013


Write up at least 3 paragraphs of your draft film/advert love or loath reviews and post in the comments below. Due 6th February 2013.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Moving Image Controlled Assessment Year 10

Hello Year 10, for Friday's lesson (1/02/2013) you'll need to bring a few reviews of films and/ or TV adverts to the lesson, we will be looking at rhetoric in these pieces and how to develop language for arguing, reviewing and persuading.

TOP TIP: search for Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo Radio 5 Live. Kermode provides some really persuasive reviews of films he loves or loathes (his rants for Transformers, Sex And The City 2 and Eat Pray Love (Vomit) are some of the best and most persuasive reviews I've ever heard).

Eat Pray Love (Vomit)

Sex and the City

Transformers, DarK of the Moon

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Mr Draper's got a blog!

Check out Mr Draper's blog!

Tich creative writing suggestions...

Essentially, this poem is about someone remembering something from their childhood and not having the courage to stand up against an injustice that had happened in the past-they are regretful of their inability to intervene and stop the bullying.
For your creative writing assessment you must consider the following:
  • what themes from this poem can you take and use in your own short story?
  • who's perspective are you going to write in: Tich's, 'Tubby's', the other girls, or third person?
  • what poetic images from the poem are you going to develop?
  • how are you going to incorporate sensory imagery into your work?
Draft a plan and let your teacher have a look at it and then have a go at rough drafting your work and see what you think...

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Hitcher by Simon Armitage story suggestions

Have a look at the above link for analysis help on the poem.

Story suggestions...
  • Narrative from the driver's viewpoint
  • A what happens next follow on story
  • Police interview with the hitch hiker after he is caught
  • You could base you narrative on the events leading up to the killing incident
  • psychiatrist's point of view
  • You could turn the poem as it is into a short story
Remember, consider emotions and feelings, this guy is unhinged and/ or even psychotic-I would recommend you read American Psycho By Brett Easton Ellis or Post Office by Charles Bukowski for inspiration if you're still stuck.

Don't forget-vary your sentences. Short sentences, even one or two word sentences are very effective in portraying tension or suspense or showing the hitcher's unhinged thoughts.
Vary punctuation don't just go for the obvious exclamation point, try different things ()-:;"...etc.

Get planning and see where your plans and rough outlines take you. Good luck,
Ms Kerai

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Petition: David Cameron, rebuild Copland School by 2015

7KR will be working on a "Project For Awesome" campaign in 2013 to activate the pupil body into campaigning for a new school building by 2015. They are kick starting with an online petition: "David Cameron, The Government: Rebuild Copland Community School now for the sake of 1300 pupils' education." and need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

Put the school's postcode in where it asks for address: HA9 7DU

Here's why 7KR think it is important:
By denying the pupils at Copland School a safe and engaging environment within which to learn, the Government is doing a disservice to 1300 pupils in Wembley who deserve a building that allows them to learn. The pupils are not to blame for issues regarding money or recession but they are being victimised because of the failure of others. We must make a stand and insist that action is taken and a new building is agreed and foundations laid by the end of this year.

Please, please, please sign, encourage everyone you know to sign and get everyone in your community to sign. Please tweet this petition if you have an account or Facebook or Tumblr if you use these social mediums.

Remember, all of us at Copland need this new building. If you don't demand what you need, you won't get. 
Aim to dream it, work to achieve it.