Useful Higher Resources for summer…

Below are the useful resources for Higher study over summer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/higher/english/

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47904.html

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/

http://www.heraldscotland.com/

http://www.theguardian.com/uk

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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S3 Close Reading

1. Why is the writer’s language in the opening sentence effective? (2)
2. Look at the sentence structure in lines 1-5. How does the sentence structure convey the lack of understanding about this journey? (2)
3. Look at lines 5-7. How does the writer’s use of word choice convey the aggressive nature of the task? (4)
4. In your own words, say how the writer makes the journey sound difficult for the camels and men. (3)
5. Look at lines 17 – 20. How does the writer’s word choice convey his positive impression of the Ethiopian people? (4)
6. Look at lines 22. Why is the writer’s word choice effective in describing the volcano? (2)
7. “And that was where Solomon was wrong…desert home.” (line 30-31) How does this act as a link? (2)
8. How does the writer’s use of sentence structure in lines 30-35 help us understand what will happen? (2)
9. Look at lines 36 – 39. In your own words, explain “why there is no modern reason for human beings to live in such places.” (5)
10. Explain how the writer continues the idea of Las Vegas being “Unreal.” (2)
11. Look at the last paragraph. What is the tone of the paragraph? Justify your answer with reference to the writer’s use of language. (2)

Total – 30

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S3 Link and Imagery Homework

Remember the formula for both:

Imagery – Just as, so too, RTQ
Link - Quote links back to, quote introduces the idea of…
Imagery and Link Questions

The start of August is a notoriously successful time for retail in Scotland. Shops pulse and teem with shoppers. What are they after? The dreaded school uniform.

Scotland is a country that embraces the school uniform, generally, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions are both rare and difficult to come across so we can assume that school uniform is something that most young people of school age will be familiar with. They may also be familiar with the terror that fills their parents at the thought of hitting the shops to find that elusive Teflon coated skirt or those sensible shoes.

Marks and Spencer’s is one such warzone in which you will find parents frantically searching (and panic-buying) their offspring’s uniform come August. For years Marks and Spencer’s has been the shop that everyone believes offers best value for money. The old grandpa of shops comes to the rescue again – offering comfort and reliability for a sensible price. It is the reliable military uniform supplier for an army of messy little pups. The Teflon coating on the ubiquitous grey skirt, that you thought it was a good idea to invest a fiver in, will come in handy and M&S offer that.

However, while M&S does seem to be reliable, there are a number of other retailers getting in on the action. Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury (to name but a few) have waded into the battle and they appear to be doing rather better than expected. These leviathans of retails, previously comfortable with making sure our chicken was fresh and our bread was unbeatably cheap, have been doing remarkably well in ensuring that they’re dressing us too. They’re also getting a free cat-walk as little Timmy runs into playground, the dirt simply sliding off his Teflon-coated trousers. Parents, like birds chirping, will share their bargains with each other. Our children are being used as conduits for those massive companies to advertise unbeatably cheap prices and it does not sit easy with me.

1.How does line 3 “Scotland…exceptions.” act as a link? (2)
2.“Marks and Spencer’s is one such warzone…” What impact does this image have? (2)
3.Look at the rest of the paragraph. How is the idea of this image extended? (4)
4.How does the writer convey the reliability of M and S through their use of language? (2)
5.How does like 14 “However, while…the action.” act as a link? (2)
6.How does the writer’s use of imagery in paragraph 4 convey the power of the supermarkets? (2)
7.How does the writer’s use of imagery in paragraph 4 imply the power of advertising? (4)

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