The English Department's Blog

February, 2011 Archive

Feb 17

Nottingham High School English Department has just started using Amplify It!, a fantastic service for clipping interesting bits of writing from a website. Here I’ve pulled out some good phrases and sentences from a fascinating article on H1N1 in the Atlanta Magazine.

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Feb 17

On Tuesday all of Year 10 trouped down en masse to Nottingham’s Royal Concert hall for the Poetry Live event. Over the course of a day, six different poets read and talked about their work, while an audience of two thousand teenagers roared wild applause and asked some searching questions. Gillian Clarke talked movingly about […]

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Feb 10

In today’s high impact session, Mr Ruff talked about keeping a scrapbook of interesting bits of writing, as a way of preparing for GCSE English exams.  Now I’m the sort of chap who wasn’t allowed to use the proper scissors at school, and generally ended up eating more of the glue than ended up on […]

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Feb 01

Just posted to the NHS English Scribd account is a fantastic example of writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise.  Have a read of it here. For starters, here’s a little flavour… Rule one: the school is a jungle. Keep with the herd; don¶t draw attention to yourself; at the watering hole, sit with who you know. The teachers […]

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