Mini Essays for the Cone-Gatherers

Throughout the course of reading ‘The Cone-Gatherers’ you are going to be asked to write a number of mini-essays on different topics.
This is for 2 purposes:
• To ensure you are understanding the text
• To improve your essay writing skills in manageable chunks
Each week you will be given a key skill to focus on while writing and you will be given a question to focus on.
Each essay must have:
• An introduction
• 4 quotations
• A conclusion
• P.C.E.A.R
• each paragraph must link to theme
• each paragraph must RTQ

You MUST refer to the techniques in THE BOX, as shown below:
Answers to questions on prose fiction should address relevantly the central concern(s)/theme(s)
of the text(s) and be supported by reference to appropriate techniques of prose fiction such as:
characterisation, setting, key incident(s), narrative technique, symbolism, structure, climax,
plot, atmosphere, dialogue, imagery

Here are the topics for the next 3 mini essays:
1. In chapter 1 and 2, how does Jenkins establish the sympathetic character of Calum?
Your key skill this week is to RTQ (refer to question)
2. How does Jenkins establish the theme of good and evil in the first few chapters of the text? In your answer, you must pay particular attention to character.
Your key skill this week is linking to theme
3. How does Jenkins establish the conflict between classes within the novel?
Your key skill this week is providing context.

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Act 1, Scene 7 Questions (Part 1)

Remember that if a question asks you to analyse, you must look at character, plot, dialogue, stage direction, word choice and imagery, to make your analysis full and competent. Every single response MUST be linked to theme.

1. He refers to the murder as ‘assassination’. Why is this interesting word choice?

2. Macbeth is willing to face eternal damnation. Give evidence to prove this.

3. ‘return/ To plague th’inventor’. Shakespeare’s word choice her suggests what about Macbeth?

4. Macbeth does not wish to kill Duncan for a number of reasons. Choose 1 and analyse the evidence which shows you this.

5. ‘I am his kinsman and his natural subject.’ How does this line help us to understand the issues Macbeth is having with the theme of natural and unnatural, and deepen our understanding of good and evil.

6. Throughout the soliloquy, Shakespeare uses different example of imagery to make Duncan appear good and innocent. Choose one of these and analyse its impact.

7. What does the word ‘vaulting’ suggest about how Macbeth feels towards his own ambition?

8. The overall tone of this soliloquay could be said to be one of fear and internal strife. Choose examples from the monologue for each of these and illustrate, through analysis, how it shows this.

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Useful Higher Resources for summer…

Below are the useful resources for Higher study over summer:

amazon for the purchase of your class texts

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S2 Close Reading Homework

Big frizzy hair, multi-coloured shell suits and overly loved parachute pants were all the rage. It was cool to wear a boom box, perched precariously over your shoulder, and carry it about as if it didn’t weigh a tone. It was the golden age when Hollywood squandered millions on remakes of cheesy 60s sitcoms. It was the decade where Warren Beatty shocked us all by settling down with Annette Benning and dressing like the Fresh Prince was not only accepted, but openly encouraged. The 90’s. The second golden–era of the 20th century.
Of course, it wasn’t all just polyester fashion and frivolity. In actual fact the 90’s brought the dawning of a new age of political discourse and development, as well as advances in technology that 10 years before would have been thought impossible. The 90s was a little recognised renaissance. This was the age of the birth of the internet and the creation of the mobile phone. And no matter how much we laugh at dial-up now and mock mobiles that were 3 tons heavy and had aerials the same length as your arm, we have to admit that they triggered a chain-reaction of technology that we now couldn’t live without.
It was the time after the Berlin wall crumbled like pastry, and just as easily too. People didn’t want segregation anymore. They didn’t want to be reminded of awful wars, and Russia and the East wanted to emerge from behind their curtain. We were full of hope and a new independence was being ushered in. We had staved off the recession and political turbulence of the 80s and welcomed the nineties like a long-lost and dearly loved relative. We hoped for a new dawn and while there were some bumps along the way; The Spice Girls, scousers, furry boots and corn-rows (to name but a few) the 90s were reliably fun and stable. If I were to draw any comparison, I’d say they were like that mainstay of the 90’s – the Nokia 3210. They were stable and hard, as well as long lasting and with the game ‘Snake’, they were good clean fun as well.

1. Look at the opening paragraph. What is the writer’s tone? Justify your answer. (2)
2. How does the sentence structure used in the last line of the opening paragraph highlight the topic of the passage? (1)
3. How does the tone of paragraph 2 differ from paragraph 1? (4)
4. Look at the first 4 lines of paragraph 3. How does the writer use imagery to convey the changing political attitude in Europe? (2)

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S3 Close Reading Homework

the following extract was taken from an article by Neil Gaiman in the Guardian

1. We are in a metal shed in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan, sitting on a low mattress, talking to a couple who have been here since the camp opened two weeks ago. Abu Hani is a good-looking man in his late 40s who looks beaten, like an abused dog. He hangs back. His wife Yalda talks more than he does.

There is a water jug on the floor. It is the only water they have. We have managed to knock it over
5. twice, and each time we apologise and feel awful, as in order to refill it there is a five-minute walk to the four taps embedded in concrete at the corner of the block. The desert air dries out the thin carpet in moments.

The couple are telling us why they left Syria. Abu Hani once owned a small supermarket, but the “officials” who ran his town trashed it, mixed detergent into the grains and pulses, and took his
10 stock. He spent his savings restocking the shop, but when he opened again they closed him down permanently. People were killed. On the local news they would show bodies that had been found, so people could identify their relatives: one time he saw a cousin’s severed head on there.

Mostly their relatives just vanished. Yalda’s brothers and cousin were on their way to deliver blood for a transfusion to their infant nephew who was having an open-heart operation when they were stopped at a roadblock, and interrogated about the blood. The three men did not arrive at the hospital and were never seen again. I did not want to ask what happened to the nephew. Her mother, Yalda tells us, has lost her mind: she goes from police station to hospital to police station, asking about her sons – the police got so tired of this they wrote “deceased” next to their names, to make her stop coming and asking.

1) How does the writer’s use of imagery in line 3 give us a clear understanding of the man? (2)
2) Why is the writer’s sentence structure in line 3 effective? (2)
3) look at lines 8 -9. In your own words, explain what happened to Abu Hani’s shop. (3)
4) Choose 1 feature of the language in line 11 that is effective and comment on why it is effective. (3)
5)How does the writer’s language in line 12 create a sense of terror? (2)
6) Look at line 13, “Mostly thier relatives just vanish.” How does this act as linking sentence? (2)

Total: 14

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S3 Commonwealth Homework

Remember to complete your homework for tonight. You have to research appropriate sporting venues/ arenas and fill in the sheet you were given in class today.

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S2 Close Reading Practice

Skirl Power (S2)

1. Why would the “Mudlark Pub normally take a while to find”? (1)
2. Why does the writer use “however” in line 2? (2)
3. Quote the phrase from paragraph 1 that tells us the pipers are very loud. (1)
4. How does the writer’s word choice in line 6 convey how perfectly the pipers played? (2)

Paragraph 2

5. In your own words, why is it surprising that the bagpipes “inspire almost fanatical levels of passion”? (1)
6. How does the writer’s sentence structure in line 11 emphasise the number of people interested in playing? (2)
Paragraph 3
7. In your own words as far as possible, state the two reasons the writer gives for people taking the bagpipes up in line 16. (2)
8. How does the writer’s word choice make the Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound attractive? (4)

Paragraph 4
9. “But nothing about the bagpipes is easy”. In your own words as far as possible, state 3 reasons why this is the case. (3)

Paragraph 5
10. State 3 ways in which “Modern technology makes life easier” for bagpipe players. (3)

Paragraph 8

11. How does the writer’s use of language show how difficult her first lesson in bag piping is? (4)

Total 25

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