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CSEC English Made Easy 2019 Exam Countdown

Exam is in the air. We are currently gearing up for the May/June 2019 sitting of the CSEC English A and B exam. As such, we are preparing videos, courses and posts that will help you to master the 2019 sitting of the CSEC English A and B exam. The…

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How to Write a Letter of Apology for the CSEC English A Exam

A letter of apology can be a personal or business letter depending on the context in which the letter is written as well as the format of the letter. A letter of apology is simple what its name suggests. You are writing to an individual to express regret for an…

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Contemplation Upon a Flower Questions

Answer these Questions based on the poem, ‘Contemplation Upon Flowers’: 1. What do you think is the theme of the poem? 2. Select the qualities in the flowers that the poet admires. 3. What does the expression “that I could gallant it like you” mean? 4. “Embroidered garments” suggest (a)…

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English A Past Tense Verb Activity 2

Read the following passage carefully. Fill in each blank with the correct form of the verb in the bracket.           Mount Fuji is the highest volcanic mountain in Japan. It last ___1___ ( erupt ) in 1707 and has long ___2___ ( look ) upon as…

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English A Past Tense Verb Activity

Read the following passage carefully. Fill in each blank with the correct form of the verb in the bracket.   Mr Eugene Smith’s young wife ___1___ ( survive ) for only a few days after the birth of her son. However, she had the ___2___ ( console ) of ___3___…

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English A Comprehension Passage Multiple Choice Questions

  Read the instructions below and answer the questions that follow. How to Treat an Eye Injury A foreign body or dirt in the eye can cause a number of problems. It may cause an infection, damage to the eye tissue or in worst case scenarios, blindness. Most of the…

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English A Vocabulary Development Activity 3

Read the following paragraph and use the words below to fill in the blank spaces.   amazement// just// start// afford // warned//   trouble// rushed // dismay The day did not ___1___ well for Greg. He had woken up late and had to rush through his bath and breakfast. He could…

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English A Vocabulary Development Activity 2

Read the following paragraph and use the words below to fill in the blank spaces.   noise// rarely// warning// popular//attention// notice// certainly// famous The van was parked across the street. Nobody paid any ___1___ to it as it looked just like any other van. Mr Bernard ___2___ did not notice…

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English A Vocabulary Development Activity 1

Read the following paragraph and use the words below to fill in the blank spaces.   enjoy// admire// known// things //activities //pleasure// common// occupy Hobbies are ___1___ that people carry out during their free time. Lots of people have hobbies to ___2___ their time and these hobbies give them great…

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CSEC English A Sample Best Short Story- 2010

Question 5:         It was the middle of the mathematics class.  Mrs Taylor  our teacher suddenly collapsed  and sprawled  unconscious  on  the  floor.     It  was terrifying. Write a story which includes these words. _____________________________________________________ This story is based on Question 5 above. GRASPING DEATH I had never been to a funeral before, as…

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Finding The Main Idea- Summary Writing

Clues to Finding the Main Idea in Textbooks and Articles Titles, heads, and subheads.  These announce major subjects and ideas in boldface type. Purpose sentence.  Look for a sentence in the first paragraphs of a book, chapter, or article that states what the rest of the text will be about.…

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‘My Parents’ Poetry Questions

Who do you think the ‘rough boys’ were? Which of the activities of the rough children do you think Stephen envied? Which of the activities hurt him: Physically Emotionally What clues can you find in the poem that suggest that the rough children were healthy? What you understand by “ourworld”…

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The Difference between the Argumentative and Persuasive Essays

Argument and persuasion are two different concepts in English. An argumentative essay is a piece of writing that attempts to convince the readers that the author's idea is true. This is a genre of writing that is used to defend or prove a point. A writer should do a through…

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Sample Argumentative Essay- Section D CSEC English A

Sugary Drinks Should Not Be Sold in Schools Excessive intake of sugary drinks increases the risks towards diabetes, heart disease, and dental cavity and thus the drinks should not be sold in schools. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of kids who suffer the conditions has increased…

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How to Write an Argumentative Essay- CSEC English Section D

Just imagine being in a discussion with your friends and you have to argue something amicably. In this case, you have to state and explain your position. This is what an argumentative essay is all about. It explains with evidence why you take a particular stand. At the end of…

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Sample Expository Essay for CSEC English A- Section B

What Can Be Done to Solve the Unemployment Puzzle in Jamaica   In Jamaica today, the rate of youth unemployment is very distressing. Statistics indicate that 39% of the youth are jobless. Clearly, this is a significant loss of valuable labour in its prime. For so many years, unemployment has…

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How to Write An Expository Essay

If you have been finding it difficult writing expository essays, it’s time you learn how to go about it. An expository essay is not as complicated as you may be assuming it to be. You just need to explain the title that you are given in a sensible and simple…

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Elements of Drama

Drama is a written script that is meant to be performed. A play is divided into a number of sections. These include Acts and scenes. An Act is a major division of a play. A scene is the place where some act or event occurs. An Act is divided into…

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Conventions/ Features of Drama

Monologue is a speech in a play that is giving by one character. The character often stands on the stage and speaks – in this speech the audience is able to understand the character’s plans, actions and intentions. Monologues often help to create dramatic irony because the audience is aware…

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Types of Drama

A Comedy is a play that is amusing and ends happily. It often ends with a marriage(s). A History play is a play in which past events are related to a particular thing. Tragedy - a dramatic presentation of serious actions in which the chief character has a disastrous fate.…

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CSEC English A and B Results 2018!!

The CSEC English A and B 2018 results are officially out!!!   It is time for us to celebrate your achievements. So, send us an email, comment on this post, share your story and we will feature your achievement on our socials.  When sharing can you state your: Name/Alias Subject…

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Comma Exercise # 2 – Joining Independent Clauses

Insert commas in the following sentences: 1. We can go to the zoo or we can go to the movie theater. 2. They like chocolate but they like vanilla better. 3. We will go to the restaurant now for we are very hungry. 4. I do not like biology nor…

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Commas Explained

Insert a commas in the following sentences. If you are not sure what to do watch the video below. 1. Carlos wants to visit Paris Italy Germany and China. 2. My favorite colors are blue red and pink. 3. I like to go hiking fishing swimming and camping during summer.…

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Auxiliary Verbs Exercise

[embed]https://youtu.be/pG4vhsmsIHE[/embed]         Fill in the blank with the correct auxiliary verb from the choices presented: What ________________ the kids doing when you last saw them? (was, were, are, did, been) Carla ________________ always wanted to try skydiving. (was, doesn’t, has, is, have) Where __________________ you go on…

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Stative Verbs Exercise

Stative Verb Exercises Complete each sentence using the stative verb from the parenthesis: Do you _________ the answer? (depend on, know, include) Jim _________ dessert every day. (has, eats, possesses) I _________ good about the race’s outcome. (am, were, feel) She _________ her mother. (imagines, resembles, walks with) Do you…

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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Exercise

[embed]https://youtu.be/6vLqg7llFnM[/embed] Exercises – Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Decide whether the following verbs are transitive, intransitive or both: The workmen have been painting for hours. When they call from the charity, Mrs. Alpert always gives generously. Before you send the proposal, make sure you edit it carefully. That perfume smells nice.…

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Subject Verb Agreement Activities

Subject-Verb Agreement Practice Exercises 1. Everyone (has/have) done his or her homework. 2. Each of the students (is/are) responsible for doing his or her work. 3. Either my father or my brothers (is/are) going to sell the car. 4. Neither my sisters nor my mother (is/are) going to sell the…

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Indefinite Pronouns-Subject Verb Agreement

[embed]https://youtu.be/7gLBgOwXjik[/embed]   Part I Directions: Each sentence below contains an indefinite pronoun subject. Circle the correct verb from the parentheses to agree with the subject. 1. Among the animals, turtles cling to their basic structural design, while many others (is, are) experimenting their way to extinction. 2. Turtles are unique;…

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Compound Subjects- Subject Verb Agreement

Insert is, am, or are, has or have, was or were, do or does. 1.   The black and red car ______ mine. 2.   The black and the red car ______ his. 3.   John and James ______ not go to the same school. 4.   Neither Jane nor Barry ______ to blame for the mistake. 5.   The dog and…

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Subject Verb Agreement- Singular and Plural Subjects

https://youtu.be/yjaWZcbntFA Circle the correct verb. 1.Your friend (talk-talks) too much. 2. The man with the roses (look-looks) like your brother. 3. The women in the pool (swim-swims) well. 4. Bill (drive-drives) a cab. 5. The football players (run-runs) five miles every day. 6. That red-haired lady in the fur hat…

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How to Write an Email- CSEC English Section B

An Email is short for 'electronic mail'. Similar to a letter, it is sent via the internet to a recipient. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user. Some people use internet-based applications and some use programs on their computer to access and store emails. The format for an…

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Section B of the CSEC English A Paper- Expository Writing- 2018 Format

Section B of the English A paper was once Comprehension; however, as of the 2018 sitting of the CSEC English A exam Section B will be Expository Discourse. This means that there are a few different topics that fall under this heading. You must also remember that there will be…

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Sample CSEC English A Past Paper Summary Writing Question

Sample CSEC Section A- Summary   Read the following article on tattoos carefully and list FIVE MAIN points discussed, then write a summary of the article in NOT MORE THAN 120 words. If this limit is exceeded, only the first 120 words of your answer will be read and assessed.…

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How to Write a Summary

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwRcT5ytRSY[/embed]     This post is designed to walk you through the summary writing process. Therefore, click on the link in the order in which they occur to fully understand the summary writing process. How to write a summary Summary Writing Tips 2 Summary Writing videos  Simple Practice Summary Activity…

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How to Write a Statistical Report

[embed]https://youtu.be/u1oYmO89qV8[/embed] Production of four crops in Santo Aripo (in 1000 tonnes)   YEAR CROP SUGAR BANANA RICE PEAS TOTAL 1997 1998 1999 2000 100 150 200 250 200 150 100 50 11 20 14 18 10 10.1 9.9 10.2 321.0 331.0 323.9 328.2 TOTAL 700 500 63 40.2 1304.2  …

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How to Write a Letter to the Editor

Below is the livestream that was done on the CSEC English Youtube channel and along with the sample that was typed in the livestream. [embed]http://youtu.be/ph3FXMn198o[/embed]   SAMPLE LETTER TO THE EDITOR Reference Text: Gangadeen, H et al, A Complete English Course for Secondary Schools Book 4, Revised Edition, 2004 ,…

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A CSEC English A Persuasive Writing Course

Here is another post outlining the persuasive writing posts on the blog as well as the video lessons from Youtube. Persuasive Writing Explained Persuasive Writing Questions Persuasive Techniques How to Write a Persuasive Writing CSEC Sample Section D Question   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szppZ0wDGfU&t=75s[/embed]   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVjOVGqrORo&t=54s[/embed]     [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_BsBCh2A64&t=103s[/embed]   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19uuziMDBrw&t=7s[/embed]

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How to Write a Letter of Complaint

A letter of complaint, or complaint letter, is normally written to deal with a problem situation when other attempts have failed to rectify the situation. When you are responding in in written form, you should avoid angry, hostile or sarcastic tones. You are more likely to get specific action on…

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Letter to the Editor Explained-CSEC English A

Structure of the Business Letter The structure of letters evolve over time and there the structure of the business letter is no different. There are three different structure that I currently teach my students to use. You might also be familiar with them. These are: The Indented Format The Semi-Block…

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A Complete Narrative Writing Course

This post is the last post we have for narrative writing in this CSEME 2018 Exam Countdown. I have also link all the Narrative Writing posts below. Elements of the Story How to Write a Short Story How to include Dialogue in Your Stories How to Write a Story in…

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How to Write a CSEC English A Short Story

[embed]https://youtu.be/fpGa5mEoPTg[/embed]   From his bedroom window, Harry could easily see anyone who went into the Johnson house. The Johnson house stood as a lonesome figure in the middle of the Park Way community for thirty years. Of those thirty years, Harry could remember staring out of his window at what…

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CSEC English Made Easy 2018 Exam Countdown

Yes, we have not forgotten about the 2018 exam preparation process. Don't worry!!! We got you!!! This year we are doing our exam preparations a little different. You will get a combination of daily videos, posts, and mini courses to help in your exam preparation process.  Remember, we are here…

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‘The Day The World Almost Came to An End’ Guided Reading Questions 2

The Day the World Almost Came to An End What is the significance of the title to the story? Who are the characters of the story? Fro what perspective was the story told? What was happening to the persona? Give examples and identify the way religion was viewed. Where did…

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Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird

Education Shortly after the novel begins, Scout starts her first year at school. The educational system in Maycomb leaves much to be desired. Scout is ahead of her classmates because Atticus has taught her to read and write, and Calpurnia has even taught her script. However, once her teacher discovers this, she…

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Breath Eyes Memory Chapters 13-17 Questions- CSEME PRO

Chapter 13 Where is Sophie? Where is she going? Why does she get to sit with the driver? Why does Louise want to sell her pig? How are Louise and Atie related? What does Sophie do in the United States? What is Sophie’s full name? How old is she? Chapter…

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Breath Eyes Memory Chapters 10-12 Questions- CSEME PRO

Chapter 10 Why can’t Martine bear to stay in Haiti too long? What advice does Martine give Sophie when she asks about liking someone? Does Sophie tell Martine about Joseph? What does she tell her? What does Martine think is the difference between the values of old and new Haitians…

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Breath Eyes Memory Chapters 7-9 Questions- CSEME PRO

Chapter 7 Simple Guided Reading Questions Where is Flatbush Avenue? Why does Martine tell Sophie that she needs to learn English quickly? What does Martine buy from Jacqueline at the Haitian beauty salon? Who is Marc Chevalier? What happens at the Haitian restaurant in Asbury Park, New Jersey? Does Marc…

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Breath Eyes Memory Chapters 4-6 Questions-CSEME PRO

Chapter 4 Why is Atie working so hard? What is the significance of the note stuck to the kettle? Can Atie read it? Why does Atie say, “Crabs don’t make papayas”, when talking about Martine, Sophie’s mother? Does Sophie have any really close friends? Why, or why not?   Chapter…

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Breath Eyes Memory Chapters 1-3 Questions- CSEME PRO

Chapter 1 How old is Sophie Caco at the opening of the story? Who is Atie? Where is Sophie’s mother? What does Sophie create for Atie? Why doesn’t Atie want Sophie to teach her to read? What kind of a town is Croix-des-Rosets? Who is Monsieur Augustin? What is in…

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Business Letter Sample Questions 2- CSEME PRO

a) Write a letter to Councillor or Member of Parliament in your area, telling him or her ways he or she can help your community to improve its surroundings. b) Write a letter to the Minister of Culture and Sports outlining to him or her how important traditional games or…

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Expository/ Argumentative Essay Question- CSEME PRO

Read the letter below and imagine that you are Principal Jenkins. Write a response to Mrs Blake, counteracting the arguments she made. Dedication Primary School Dedication Avenue Brighten. Dear Mr. Jenkins, As a parent of an eleven plus student who is now preparing to write the examination for entry into…

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Letter of Complaint Questions- CSEME PRO

1) Write a letter to the principal detailing a pressing problem facing the school. Explain what makes the issue worthy of attention and suggest possible solutions.   2) Write a letter of complaint to a business that has disappointed you. Explain what dissatisfied you about the product or service offered…

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Business Letter Sample Questions- CSEME PRO

a)      Write a letter of apology to a client whom you sold a faulty product.         (25 marks) OR   b)     Write a letter of request to a company asking for information on a product or service that they offer.(25 marks)  

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Narrative Writing Questions – CSEME PRO

Your story should be no more than 400- 450 words. You must write in Standard English. Dialect may be used only in conversation.   a)      ‘How I saved my Master’s Life’ by Skip the mongrel.  Imagine you are the dog named Skip. Write a story based on this situation. OR b)      The foreman…

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Vocabulary Development- CSEME PRO

SYNONYMS 1. The frolicking youngsters hurled snowballs at one another with gay abandon.  (A)desertion  (B)happiness   (C) unrestraint   2. Mr. Robinson is acknowledged as the best violin maker in the whole country. (A)accepted (B) noticed  (C) recognized   3. The people responded generously to the Red Cross Society’s appeal for aid to the flood victims. (A)attraction (B)petition…

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CSEC English A Construction Shift Questions

Construction Shift can be found of paper 1 of the CSEC English A paper. This activity is good to pair with summary because it helps to teach students how to paraphrase. What is construction shift? The term construction means to build, create or recreate.  On the other hand, the word…

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Sample CSEC Application Letter Past Paper Question

Read the following carefully and answer the question set on it. VACANCY A vacancy exists for a Sales Representative with a dynamic sports goods firm. No experience is necessary but applicants should have at least three years of secondary education. Participation in Sports would be an asset, as well as…

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CSEME STORY STORY COMPETITION QUESTIONS

You MUST answer ONE question from this section. Your answer should be approximately 400 to 450 words in length. You MUST write in Standard English. However, dialect may be used in conversation.   In your answer, you will be assessed on how well you (a) used the stimulus provided (b)…

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CSEME Short Story Writing Competition Rules

As we prepare for the 2018 sitting of the CSEC English A Exam we are hosting our first CSEME Short Story Competition.  GRAND PRIZE ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY GUIDELINES FOR SHORT STORIES Entrants must be in fourth or fifth grade. Children of contest judges and CSEME employees are not eligible. Only…

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An African Thunderstorm Questions- CSEME PRO

Identify the two similes used in stanza 1. 2. Why are the clouds described as “pregnant” in stanza 2? 3. Comment on the use of the word “stately” in line 10. 4. Quote two consecutive words in stanza 2 that suggest that the thunderstorm might be dangerous. 5. Explain why…

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Persuasive Writing Past Paper Question-CSEME PRO

Write an article for your school magazine in which you argue strongly either for or against the following: ‘Women are the Weaker Sex’ 25 marks (1990 Sample Exam Question)

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How to Write a Letter of Complaint

A letter of complaint, or complaint letter, is normally written to deal with a problem situation when other attempts have failed to rectify the situation.  As stated before, the letter of complaint is a business letter  (click the link to read the post). When you are responding in in written form,…

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Elements of Ti-Jean and His Brothers

Elements of the Play tragicomedy, frame narrative,  comedic aspect, dialect speech Setting Trinidad, Trinidad Creole culture, story takes place in the rainforest of the Trinidad, animals are telling the stories Singing Gros Jon sang when he left home Mi Jean sang the song of silence Ti Jean sang when he was…

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Symbolism in Ti-Jean and His Brothers

Symbols and Symbolism Defined A symbol in literature is something that represents something else. There symbolism is a figure of speech where an object, person, or situation has another meaning other than its literal meaning.  Symbolism in the Play A major theme is colonialism, and each brother represents a phase of…

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Expository Writing Explained

  Exposition is a type of oral or written discourse that is used to explain, describe, give information or inform. It is important that you assume that the reader or listener has not prior knowledge or prior understanding of the topic that is being discussed. There are a number of…

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Types of Writing on the CSEC English A Exam Paper

  There are four major types of writing. These are: Expository Writing Narrative Writing Descriptive Writing Persuasive Writing These are listed above in no particular order. These four major types of writing are covered on the CSEC English A examination papers.   TYPES of WRITING DEFINED Expository: The word expository contains the word expose,…

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Ti Jean and His Brother Plot

The play has the model of a fairy tale, but with a more mature story. The animals of the rainforest tell the story of Ti Jean and his two brothers, and their plight against the devil. Bolom offers the three brothers a challenge against the devil and the objective is to win…

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MODEL RESPONSE- PRACTICE QUESTION 2

SUMMARY WRITING QUESTION Computers and Education in America Dudley Erskine Devlin writes his own commentary of computer technology on the rise in “Computers and Education in America.” While all the optimists out there push the movement of Websites and constantly flash e-mail addresses on all advertising promising simplicity for our…

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READING COMPREHENSION PRACTICE 2- POETRY

Read the following poem carefully and and answer the questions which follow it. Growing pains   My child-eyes cried for chocolate treats And sticky sweets ‘Twill rot yu’ teet’!       Tinkly silver wrapper hides 5 Germs Worms Decay How can a child-eye see?       This child-heart…

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A Stone’s Throw (Poem)

A Reading of the Poem [embed]https://youtu.be/2QC_ZLdObtQ[/embed] Overview of the Poem          A crowd has caught a woman (Line 2: 'We've got her! Here she is'). The persona implies to the reader that the woman is not decent (Line 6: 'A decent-looking woman, you’d have said,'// Lines 11-14:…

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The Day the World Almost Came to An End- notes

SUMMARY This short story was told from the perspective of an adult and chronicles the events behind a child’s (the adult narrator) belief that the world was about to end. The story is set on a plantation in Louisiana in 1936, where the church was the axis around which plantation…

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The Two Grandmothers by Olive Senior

Olive Senior, author of ‘The Two Grandmothers’, was born in Trelawney, Jamaica. She attended Montego Bay High School, then went on to study journalism in Cardiff, Wales. She then studied at Carlton University in Ottowa. She currently lives in Canada, but visits Jamaica regularly. SUMMARY The story opens with a…

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To Da-duh, in Memoriam by Paule Marshall

‘‘To Da-duh, in Memoriam’’ is an autobiographical story told from the point of view of an adult looking back on a childhood memory. The story opens as the nine-year-old narrator, along with her mother and sister, disembarks from a boat that has brought them to Bridgetown, Barbados. It is 1937,…

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Man of the House by Frank O’Connor

Sullivan is a little boy of ten years. It’s a small family of two persons with meager means. The mother is working and the son like any other boy of his age goes to school. He is a loving son and for the mother her son is as good as…

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CSEC English A Sample Summary Writing Question

Here is a CXC past paper type summary writing question. This is the type of summary writing question that has been on CXC English A past papers NB: CXC suggests spending no more than 35 minutes to answer the summary writing question in Section one, paper 2 of the English A exam. Read…

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Sample CSEC English A Persuasive Writing Past Paper Questions

Here are CXC past paper type persuasive essay questions.   These are the types of persuasive essay questions that have been on CXC English A past papers   NB: CXC suggests spending no more than 30 minutes to answer the persuasive essay question on Paper 2 of the English A…

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Sample CSEC Narrative Writing Practice Questions

Here are CXC past paper type short story questions. These are the types of short story questions that have been on CXC English A past papers NB CXC suggests spending no more than 45 minutes to answer the short story question on Paper 2 of the English A exam. They also suggest 400 –…

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Sample English A Summary Writing Question

Summarize in not more than 120 words, describing the life in deserts. As what geographers have estimated, about twenty percent of the earth’s surface is occupied by deserts. A majority of us view deserts as one unique kind of landscape — areas with little or no rainfalls. In actual fact, there…

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West Indies, U.S.A by Stewart Brown

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APbOJfzth1A[/embed]   SUMMARY The persona is travelling in a plane, looking down at San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the plane descends. He is saying that this island is the wealthiest in the Caribbean because it has won the jackpot, it has come up lucky. He then points out that…

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Sonnet Composed Upon A Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802-William Wordsworth

A Reading of the Poem   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GipSG0MdMo4[/embed]   SUMMARY The persona in this poem is reflecting on the perfection of the city. He believes that there is nothing on Earth so beautiful as the city in the morning. Only a dull person would not appreciate such a majestic sight. He…

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The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, the author of twenty plays, six novels and six collections of poems, represents Yoruba tradition in his comic play. In the play, The Lion and the Jewel, the conflict between tradition and modernization covers a significant portion of Wole Soyinka’s work.  He was the first African writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Morning The play is…

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Forgive My Guilt-Robert Tristram Coffin

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZnUdXGAo8[/embed] Summary An adult is reminiscing about a traumatic childhood experience. The persona went hunting and shot two birds, plovers. He suffers extreme guilt about this action in adulthood. The poem describes the event, the actions of the bird, how he reacts, and, by the last line, asks the birds…

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Dreaming Black Boy – James Berry

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFrigWmX82Q[/embed] SUMMARY The poem is about a black boy who wishes that he could have regular things in life. Things such as a congratulatory hug, to be educated to the highest level and to travel without harassment. The persona yearns to stop fighting for the basic right to be successful…

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Subject Verb Agreement Activity

Insert is, am, or are, has or have, was or were, do or does.         1.   The black and red car ______ mine.  2.   The black and the red car ______ his.  3.   John and James ______ not go to the same school.   4.   Neither she nor I ______ to blame for the mistake.…

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Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension

  Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer. The Asian elephant is another type of elephant found in the world, besides the African elephant. They share some similarities. Elephants are social creatures and live in herds. Asian elephants are normally found in countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia and…

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Emma by Carolyn Cole

SUMMARY This short story is told from the first person perspective of a little girl called Dorian York. The focus of her thoughts is her mother; the games that they play together, and the games that she plays with her friend, that revolve around her mother.  The first person perspective…

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Le Loupgarou by Derek Walcott

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbm2vtyhlJ4[/embed] This poem tells the tale of old LeBrun, a man that was rumoured by the townspeople to be a loupgarou. Old women would relax under eaves and gossip about Le Brun, while literally shutting him out of their lives with their closing windows. The prevailing gossip, in this poem,…

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 The Structure of a CSEC English A Persuasive Essay

This type of Writing may be developed as follows: Introduction A.    Thesis Statement (The writer’s opinion on a topic) ·         Reason 1 ·         Reason 2 ·         Reason 3 B.     The Body ·         Reason 1: supporting details                Connecting words and phrases ·         Reason 2: supporting details                Connecting words and phrases ·         Reason 3: supporting details                Connecting…

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English A Comprehension Passage

Read the following passages then answer all the questions set on them. Gradually, every parent becomes aware that his or her child has adult concerns, wants acres of privacy and no longer trusts the goodwill of parents in the same old way. These are the biggest of all changes in…

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Persuasive Writing Techniques

In order to develop your argumentative essay, you must use the following techniques effectively. a)Using facts and opinions b)Using evidence based on authority-doctors, scientists, public figures c)Judging relevance of evidence based on authority d)Drawing conclusions e)Use of evidence-eg. Statistics f)Use of analogy: comparison g)Use of contrast: opposite h)Repetition: repeating a…

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Things Fall Apart Guided Reading Questions

Chapter 1    • How was Okonkwo's identity in the village formed? Give some details of Okonkwo's  physical identity. • How would Okonkwo describe a successful man? • Describe Unoka. In whose eyes was he a failure? Was he a starving artist? pacifist? • Compare Unoka and Okonkwo. Chapter 2…

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Alternative to English A School-Based Assessment (SBA) 2018-2025 Outlined

Paper 032,  Alternative to School-Based Assessment (SBA) – The exam is 2 hours  and it is 21% of Total Assessment  Private candidates are required to write Paper 032, an Alternative Paper to the SBA. The Alternative Paper will assess the candidate’s acquisition of skills in the same areas of the syllabus…

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Descriptive Writing Notes

Descriptive Writing Notes Description presents a verbal portrait of something concrete like a person, place, or thing; or something abstract such as an emotion or quality to make a point. Description is not merely a catalogue of facts or a collection of ornaments; like all expository writing, it must make…

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Sample Section A of the 2018 CSEC English A Exam

Section A of the 2018 CSEC English A Exam SECTION A   (Suggested time: 40 minutes)   You MUST answer this question.   Write your answer on the RULED PAGES provided, pages 4 and 5.  There may be more space than you need.   1. Read the following article on tattoos…

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Summary: Tattoos Model Answer

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY QUESTION POINTS    Tattoos are permanent markings which have been around from the beginning of civilization.  They were brought to the Caribbean from Africa, China and India, but the Amerindians wore them even before.  They were used by people in the Caribbean…

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Section B of the 2018 English A Paper 2 Exam

SECTION B (Suggested time: 35 minutes) You MUST answer this question. Write your answer on the RULED PAGES provided, pages 8 and 9.  There may be more space than you need. 2. Study the situation presented below and then answer the question that follows.   You purchased an item from a supermarket.…

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CSEC English A Section B Question 2 – Sample Business Letter

No 67 Happy View, St James.   October 12, 2014.   The Manager, The Fair Trade Commission, Green Hill, Barbados. Dear Sir/Madam, I write to complain against Best Line Supermarkets from which I purchased a box of cereal on October 10, 2014.  I have two areas of concern: the treatment…

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Section C of the English A Paper 2 2018 Exam

SECTION C   (Suggested time:  45 minutes)   You MUST answer ONE question from this section.   Your answer should be approximately 400 to 450 words in length.   You MUST write in Standard English.  However, dialect may be used in conversation.      Write your answer on the RULED…

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Section D of the English A 2018 Exam

SECTION D   (Suggested time:  45 minutes)   You MUST answer this question.   Your answer should be approximately 250 to 300 words in length.   You MUST write in Standard English.   Write your answer on the RULED PAGES provided, pages 20-21.  You are expected to write within the…

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CSEC English B 2018-2023 Sample Questions- Section C

SHORT STORIES A WORLD OF PROSE FOR CSEC —David Williams and Hazel Simmons-McDonald EITHER 7. “The stories ‘The Day the World Almost Came to an End’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ are both stories about fear.” Write an essay in which you describe the situation that gave rise to the fear in EACH…

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Tips for Answering Comprehension Questions

1. Read the passage more than once to ensure that you understand it fully.  2. Look at the questions after you feel that the passage is clear to you. 3. Express yourself as clearly and as accurately as possible. 4. Your answer should not be long-winded. 5. Use your own…

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CSEC English A Course Outline 2016

English A Course Outline Grade 10 Date:                           September-May 2016-2017 Days:  Teacher/s:                   Miss Blair No. Of hours:             3hours Rationale: This subject is designed to guide students to mastering oral and written language skills through a variety of strategies. STRUCTURE of the CSEC EXAMINATION PAPER 01 Duration: 1hour and…

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To Da-duh, In Memoriam Comprehension Passage

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions set on it.   In the following extract, the narrator and her sister have come from New York to visit their grandmother, Da-duh, in the Caribbean. One morning toward the end of our stay, Da-duh led me into a part of…

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Things Fall Apart: Summary of Chapter 5

ust before the harvest, the village holds the Feast of the New Yam to give thanks to the earth goddess, Ani. Okonkwo doesn’t really care for feasts because he considers them times of idleness. The women thoroughly scrub and decorate their huts, throw away all of their unused yams from…

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Things Fall Apart- Analyzing Okonkwo’s Personality

 Deep down Okonkwo really cares for the persons around him; however, caring was an attribute  of his father and he wants to be the complete opposite of him( he sees caring and showing feelings as womanly things)  thus  shows a lot of anger towards his family. • Okonkwo is a good…

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A Breakdown of the CSEC English A SBA

A number of persons have reviewed the SBA outline that I have posted to this blog and they have also asked a number of questions based on the new CSEC English A SBA. This post is my attempt to further breakdown/explain the CSEC English A SBA. This information was gathered…

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Summary of Chapter 6- Things Fall Apart

On the second day of the festival, everyone gathers at the village playing field to watch the wrestling contest between men of the village and men of a neighboring village. The first matches, between two teams of boys fifteen or sixteen years old, provide entertainment and excitement before the main…

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Things Fall Apart -Analysis of Chapter 7

Chapter 7 With the killing of Ikemefuna, Achebe creates a devastating scene that evokes compassion for the young man and foreshadows the fall of Okonkwo, again in the tradition of the tragic hero. Along the way, the author sets up several scenes that juxtapose with the death scene: The opening…

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How to identify the Writer’s Tone, Purpose and Intention

The Author’s Tone: If the author was speaking to you, what would it sound like? Is the author passionate about the topic? Sarcastic? Neutral? Is the author arousing emotions? Does it evoke feelings of sympathy, anger, happiness or sadness? Looking at the author’s tone can lead the reader to the…

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My Parents by Stephen Spender

SUMMARY Stanza 1 The poet’s parents sought to protect him from the street children. They were rude in speech and were dressed in rags. They were uninhibited and stripped off their clothes and swam in the country rivers. Stanza 2 The speaker feared the brute strength of the boys. They…

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Mom Luby and the Social Worker by Kristin Hunter

CHARACTERS Mom Luby An elderly woman who is as strong as any young woman. She has white hair and false teeth.  She runs a speakeasy in the back room of her house. She fosters two young children. She is a midwife, herb doctor and ordained minister of the Gospel. She's…

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Test Match Sabina Park by Stewart Brown

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GipSG0MdMo4[/embed] SUMMARY The persona, a white male, proudly enters Sabina Park to watch a cricket match between England and the West Indies. The persona notices that the game is slow and that the crowd is not reacting well. He is, in fact, initially shocked that there is a crowd at…

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South –Kamau Brathwaite

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_wbmQo_FbU[/embed] SUMMARY The persona speaks about the fact that today he is recapturing the beauty of the island of his birth. He reflects on the fact that he has travelled to the lands of the north, which appeared to be the very opposite of his island. The persona appeared, at…

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Questions based on ‘DREAMING BLACK BOY’.

1. The theme of the poem is: (a) The boy’s dreams of a better life (b) The boy’s need for recognition (c) An uncaring society 2. What do the following expressions in Stanza one suggest? “wouldn’t go pass me today” “to hug me when I kick a goal.18 3. How…

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How to Include Differentiated Instruction in Your Lesson Plans

What is Differentiated Instruction? Differentiated instruction is when you, the teacher, include a number of different strategies and lesson activities to accommodate the various types of learner in your classroom. Differentiated Instructions ensures that learners at all levels with various learning styles can select an activity that is suitable for…

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Sample Short Story 4

A short story titled ‘Journey by Night’ He stood alone, leaning against a post, and shifting his weight from one foot to the other. It was late, and the taxi-stand was empty. The street was silent. He looked up and down, hoping that some vehicle would come in sight, for…

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Orchids by Hazel Simmons-McDonald

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YMMMmuzcYM[/embed] LITERAL MEANING The persona is moving from a house that she has occupied for five weeks. She has sent her belongings to her future home, but one item remains in her old space, an orchid. The persona clarifies that she was given the orchid as a gift, but implies…

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The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed Her Son- Lorna Goodison

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMCPEWwdYjM[/embed] SUMMARY The persona in this poem is telling the story of a mother who loved her son. The mother became aware of the child’s presence when she experienced morning sickness. She placed all her hopes in the child and raised him as a single parent because his father was…

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Sample English B Paper 2 Questions

EITHER   (Edited 2011 past paper question) For this question, 25 marks is allocated for content and argument, 10 marks is allocated for language, organization and competence in the mechanics of writing. Choose TWO poems that you have studied, in which something or someone is admired. In an essay, describe what or…

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Ol’ Higue by Mark McWatt

In this poem, the Ol' Higue / soucouyant tells of her frustration with her lifestyle. She does not like the fact that she sometimes has to parade around, in the form of a fireball, without her skin at night. She explains that she has to do this in order to…

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To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 1-5 Summary

Chapter 1 The narrator of the book is Scout Finch, the youngest child of Atticus Finch. Scout begins by telling us of her brother's injured arm and of her family history. The earliest ancestor is Simon Finch, a fur trader who established Finch's Landing outside of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout's father…

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Questions based on God’s Grandeur

1. Using your own words, express in about two to three lines the theme of the poem. 2. State the central contrast which this poem presents between God and man. Explain it fully with reference to specific details. 3. Select one metaphor used in the poem and show how it…

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How to Use WhatsApp as an Educational Tool

WhatsApp can be an invaluable teaching tool in the teaching learning process.  You can create WhatsApp groups for each of the classes that you teach. By doing so, students can have a reservoir of additional content in a variety of ways that appeal to them (audio, video, pictures and mimes).Monitoring…

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Tips for Answering Multiple Choice Comprehension Questions

1. Read the passage more than once to ensure that you understand it fully. 2. Look at the questions after you feel that the passage is clear to you. 3. Make sure you understand the instruction clearly.      For example, should you choose the best answer, or are you…

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Sample Short Story 5

The Hope of Ancestors The pregnant clouds outside kept out the sunlight. The morning was bleak and the sky overcast. It was not surprising when the clouds gave birth to heavy droplets of water which hit against the rusty zinc. Clink! Clink! The weather outside opposed my mood, yet I…

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June 2017 & 2018 English A Paper 2 Compared

C.S.E.C.  ENGLISH A JUNE 2017 EXAM SECTIONS C.S.E.C.  ENGLISH A JUNE 2018 EXAM Summary (30 marks) A Summary (25 marks) 2 COMPREHENSION PIECES (2 passages or 1 passage & 1 poem) (30 marks) B  Letter/Report Writing (30 marks) Short Story or Description (35 marks) C Short Story (25 marks) Argumentative…

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Practice Comprehension Passages

Read the following passages then answer all the questions set on them. Gradually, every parent becomes aware that his or her child has adult concerns, wants acres of privacy and no longer trusts the goodwill of parents in the same old way. These are the biggest of all changes in…

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Analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 1- 8

Analysis of Part 1 (Chapters 1 - 8) source The first chapters of the novel paint the town of Maycomb as a quiet and idyllic town. The children play freely, the neighbors gossip innocently on the streets, and everything moves very smoothly. Of course, this will not be the case…

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Questions based on ‘Le Loupgarou’

source 1. What comparison is implied in the first line of the poem? b.Why do you think it is appropriate? c. Show how the comparison is extended in the second line. 2. “A curious tale that threaded through the town//Through greying women sewing under eaves”20 What special features of sound…

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Things Fall Apart Practice Question

In the exam 10 marks are also allocated for structure, development and competence.  source In the novel, Things Fall Apart, we are constantly kept aware of the physical and social environment. a) Describe the physical environment in which the action takes place.(8 marks) b) Describe the nature of the family relationships…

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English B Short Story Sample Essay Question

Ten (10) marks are also allocated for structure, development and competence.  Setting plays a significant part in the development of the storyline in ‘Berry’ and ‘Mom Luby and the Social Worker’.  For EACH story: a.       Describe the setting  (8 marks) b.      Show how the writer…

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Sample English A Short Story 6

The graveyard was cold, dark and dreary. One weary old oak tree leaned over the entrance gate and broken battered headstones were scattered all around. I could hear the sound of the howling wind and the creak and groan of branches as they swayed in the storm. The smell of…

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To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 9-14 Analysis

As Scout's fights with school children, and her cousin Francis, would suggest, the trial is going to be a major hurdle for the Finch family. In an old fashioned Southern town like Maycomb, racism abounds.  The town is not so much upset that Atticus is defending Tom, which is his job.…

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Reviewing The CSEC English A and B SBA Rubric

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A Contemplation Upon Flowers by Henry King

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcHNX0r0OAA[/embed] STANZA 1 Stanza one centers on the characteristics of flowers.  They are gallant, humble, etc., and they return to the earth (figuratively, they die every winter–but this isn’t revealed until later) after putting on a show. His first lesson that he learnt was to become brave and to remember…

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TO AN ATHLETE DYING YOUNG QUESTIONS

1. Describe the feeling or mood at the beginning of the poem. (b) Give a reason for the mood. 2. What does the word “shoulder-high” suggest in (a) Stanza one (b) Stanza two? 3. The poem is about (a) A renowned runner (b) A promising athlete (c) Reflections on an…

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Things Fall Apart Historical Background

Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958 by William Heinemann Ltd in the UK. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. It is a staple book in schools throughout…

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Improving Comprehension Skills- Making Inferences

Inference is a "foundational skill" because inferring requires higher order thinking skills, it can be difficult for many students. However, it can be taught through explicit instruction in inferential strategies What It Means To Infer  Stopping to think and rereading if necessary  Connecting what you know to the…

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Little Boy Crying by Mervyn Morris

Stanza 1The poem begins with a description of a child crying. However, his cries seem harsh and fierce “Your laughter metamorphosed into howl”.  This also suggests that the child is normally a happy one and something happened to have changed his happiness. The last line in the stanza informs us…

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To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis of chapters 15-21

Again, Scout's innocent perspective makes the reader unaware of the possible violence outside the Maycomb jail in chapter 16. The men who come that evening are a mob with the intention of killing Tom Robinson. Atticus was staying outside the jail with the hope of disarming the situation. When Scout…

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A Layout of the 2017 English A & B CSEC Exam

We are kickstarting out CSEC English A and B Exam countdown. I wanted to start by reviewing the layout of the English A and B Exam; so that you remember exactly what will come on the paper. Remember to come back EACH day for tips and an overview of each…

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Summary Writing Tips 2

Simple Summary Writing Guidelines 1. Read the texts quickly for main ideas (skim) 2. Look again at the passages to ensure you have all the main ideas (scan). 3. Underline the most important words (marking). 4. Write down the key words in simple sentences. 5. Compare the original text with yours to ensure…

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Julius Caesar Summary and Study Questions

Today is day three of our CSEC English A and B Exam Countdown 2017. I must apologize for the late post. Here are a couple of study questions that are taken from a resource text. This play is one that contains political intrigue and drama. It opens with a group…

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Reviewing The CSEC English B Exam Paper 2

Welcome to Day 4 of our exam countdown. I hope you have been reviewing and studying hard for your upcoming exams. Today I wanted to walk you through the English B Paper 2 exam. I hope this was helpful. We want to provide more original content for you. Please continue to support…

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Tips for Completing the English B Paper 1

Day 5 of our Exam Review Today we looked at the English B paper 1. Watch the video below for a number of tips to completing the exam paper. I hope this was helpful. We want to provide more original content for you. Please continue to support the blog by clicking on the…

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The Role of Women in the Novel: Things Fall Apart

While women in the Igbo society of the 1890s appear to be thoroughly subjugated to their male counterparts, are they depicted by Achebe as utterly powerless? Kim Piper Hiatt has the following to say about the role of women in “Things Fall Apart”: Discerning the role of women in Chinua…

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Animal Imagery in Things Fall Apart

Igbos use animals in characterization, descriptions  and explanations as a way to understand the world in a more natural ways as well as a representation of their beliefs and wisdom. The animal presence in their culture and beliefs represents their freedom and connection with nature and helps as a contrast…

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How to Structure your Persuasive Essay

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Sample CSEC English B Poetry Exam Questions- 2017

2.      In the poems ‘West Indies, USA’ and ‘South’ life in the Caribbean islands is compared with life in the so called First World. a.       Explain the situation in which the speaker in EACH poem finds himself  (7 marks) b.      In EACH poem, show how the speaker suggests to us:…

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The Lion and the Jewel Sample Essay Questions

For each question in Sections A, B and C, in addition to 25 marks indicated for content and argument, a maximum of 10 marks are also allocated for structure, development and competence.  1.      Why does Sidi refuse to agree to get married without a bride-price being paid? (8 marks) a.      …

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A Breakdown of the English A & B SBA Reflection.

There has been some debate as to whether there should be three separate reflections on each artefact or three entries integrating the analysis of all three artefacts. I hope this breakdown will adequately answer these questions. Three essays are NOT required for the reflection. But the candidate must produce three…

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To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 22-25 Summary

Chapter 22 Tired and upset by the verdict, everyone goes to bed. When the Finch family wakes up in the morning, food has been brought by many of the families in town. Atticus becomes upset and leaves the house. The whole town is gossiping about the case. The children talk…

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Tips for Writing the CSEC English SBA Reflection

Here are a list of tips you can use when writing the English SBA reflection: 1. Divide the reflection into three sections based on the reflection guidelines (HERE). 2. Allow the students to write the reflection one paragraph/entry at a time in class. 3. After students have written each paragraph…

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To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 20-30 Questions

Chapter 20 1. Scout says that “Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man”. Is she right? 2. In most states of the USA people who drink alcohol in public places are required to hide their bottle in a paper bag. Why does Dolphus Raymond hide Coca-Cola in a bag? 3.…

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Questions based on Ol’ Higue

1.       What image of Ol’ Higue does the poet present in stanza one? 2.       What complaint does Ol’ Higue make in stanza one? Quote the expressions which support your answer. 3a.        Why would Ol’ Higue be “Burning like a cane fire”?…

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Using Differentiation to Teach 21st Century Skills

This presention will give detail tips on how to integrate differentiated learning strategies into our lessons.   [vc_video link='https://youtu.be/Mowelt8FX3w']   In Differentiated Instructed Tags differentiation, differentiated learning strategies, 21st century skills

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Ti Jean And His Brothers Overview

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A Live Performance of the Play: Ti Jean and His Brothers

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Identifying The Writer’s Purpose and Tone

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2018 CSEC English A Exam Explained

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CSEC English A Paper 3

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Breath, Eyes Memory Character Analysis

Sophie We first meet Sophie at age 12 living with her aunt Tantie Atie as her mother lives abroad (New York). Soon after she travels to New York to live with her mother and here we see role reversal where Sophie has to take care of her sick mother. We…

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Ti-Jean and His Brothers Analysis

The Deeper Meaning The play is a retelling of the struggle against colonialism. The three brothers represents the challengers to colonialism: Gros-Jean represents the slave generation that thinks brut strength is the answer to all problems. Mi-Jean represents the middle class with their snob ideals. Ti-Jean is today’s generation Therefore,…

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The SBA Artefacts/Stimuli/Data Explained

This video will explain the different types of artefacts you can collect to complete the SBA Reflection. ]]>

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Characters In the Play- Ti Jean and His Brothers

Gros- Jean- he is the first son, like his name suggests he was big and strong. Although he had excessive strength he was foolish. As such, he was quickly defeated by the devil. Mi-Jean- he is the second son who thinks that he is the intellectual of the family. In…

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Ti- Jean and His Brothers Plot Overview

Act 1Gros-Jean has decided to leave home to make his own way in the world. Although his mother tries to give him advice about protecting himself from the devil; he disregards her advice by stating, ‘I knows all of this already’. This indicates that he believes that he knows best.…

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Updated English A and B SBA Overview

PORTFOLIO Each student will create a Portfolio on an issue/topic/theme/event selected by the students in the group and approved by the teacher. The issue/topic/theme/event will also be orally presented. The issue/topic/theme/event selected should allow for meaningful research and presentation. The Portfolio should include the following: 1. PLAN OF INVESTIGATION –…

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10 Comma Uses

Use #1: Combine two strong clauses joined with a coordinating conjunction. Example: School is still in session for another nine weeks, so you better try to learn all you can. Use #2: Separate items in a series. Example: We are going waterskiing, swimming, and snorkeling. Use #3: Set off introductory…

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Test Match Sabina Park Questions

What is the theme of the poem? (a) Fall from glory (b) An exciting cricket match (c) Reflections of a spectator (d) Failed batsmen Which line in the poem tells that the crowd lacked the spirited response to the match? The speaker is critical of the English batting. Quote the…

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‘West Indies, U.S.A’ Questions

Answer these Questions What is the theme of the poem? (a) Select the simile in the first two lines of the poem. (b) Explain why the poet makes the comparison, (c) Do you find it interesting and original? Why? What is the distinctive feature of each of the following terminals?…

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7 Ways Smart Phones can be used to Complete the English A & B SBA

A number of students that we teach do not have access to a computer or consistent internet service at home. For them, this is a major challenge that they face while doing the English A and B SBA. Or is it? Although, a number of students might not have a…

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Bird Shooting Season

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShJWtSkPP-o[/embed]   This poem briefly states the rituals surround bird shooting season. Stanza one of the poem shows the behaviour of the men during the season ‘make marriage with their guns’ and ‘My father’s house turns macho’. In contrast, stanza two shows the behaviour of the women during the season.…

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Guidelines for Analyzing a Poem

Analyze the title of the poem. Read the poem all the way through at least twice. Read it aloud. Then, analyze the poem line by line, stanza by stanza Find the literal meaning of the poem. Identify the figurative devices in the poem Examine the figurative meaning of the poem.…

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The Day the World almost came to an End Questions

What is the setting of the story (time and place)? What was the central feature of the protagonist/narrator’s life? Why was the protagonist holding on to being a sinner? Who gave the protagonist/narrator the idea that the world was about to reach its end? How did this individual know that…

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MODEL RESPONSE – Summary Writing 1

 Yesterday you were given a sample question to write a summary of 50 words. Here is the sample response below.  SUMMARY QUESTION Adding sweet-smelling flowers to a garden is something many gardeners may skip.  One can become too caught up in visual flower aspects such as color or composition.  Yet…

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How to Write a Summary

 The following are the six (6) steps for writing a summary 1. Find the main idea of the passage: Read the passage the first time for understanding.  (So you can get a sense of what point they are trying to make.) Ask yourself, “ What was the passage about?” (You should…

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Summary Writing Practice Question 2

 Summarize the passage below in 150 words. The model question will be provided tomorrow.  Computers and Education in America In the last decade, computers have invaded every aspect of education, from kindergarten through college. The figures show that schools have spent over two billion dollars installing two million new computers.…

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COMPREHENSION PASSAGE PRACTICE 1 -MODEL ANSWERS

  Question a) To whom or what does ‘he’ refer? (1 mark)  Suggested answer a) ‘He’ refers to the fish or Pita   Question b) What effect is the author trying to create by using short sentences in the passage?(2 marks) Suggested answer b) The writer is trying to create suspense/tension/fast-moving…

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Reading Comprehension PRACTICE 1

  Read the following extract carefully and then answer all the questions set on it. Pita panicked. There was nothing he could do. He was trapped. Trapped with hundreds of others. The monster had come and was slowly, surely dragging them from the deep. He swam through the excited crowd…

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READING COMPREHENSION PRACTICE 2- MODEL ANSWERS

Read the following poem carefully and and answer the questions which follow it. Growing pains My child-eyes cried for chocolate treats And sticky sweets ‘Twill rot yu’ teet’! Tinkly silver wrapper hides 5 Germs Worms Decay How can a child-eye see? This child-heart cried for mid-teen love 10 A blow,…

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READING COMPREHENSION PRACTICE 3

  Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions below it.       Quiet and the night came early and Leonard sat there feeling a flicker of restlessness. He needed his books, a radio perhaps, he wasn’t sure why he had been delaying going into Kingston to fetch…

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Descriptive Writing 1

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READING COMPREHENSION PRACTICE 4

Read the following poem carefully and then answer the questions set on it. The Hawk The hawk slipped out of the pine, and rose in the sunlit air: Steady and still he poised: his shadow slept on the grass: And the bird’s song sickened and sank: she cowered with furtive…

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Narrative Writing 1- ELEMENTS OF A STORY

Narrative is a report of related events presented to the listeners or readers in words arranged in a logical sequence. A story is taken as a synonym of narrative.  A narrative or story is told by a narrator who may be a direct part of that experience and he or…

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How to write a CXC English A short story in 45 minutes

 So, how do you write a CXC English A short story in 45 minutes? Well, there are a lot of techniques for short story writing. Many of which will posted here over time. In this post, I just want to give you some “quick and dirty” tips for writing good short…

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SHORT STORY 2

Question 5: A cold hand grasped his wrist as he slumped to his knees.  Write a story which includes these words.   This story is based on Question 5 above.   A Miner’s Story The gold bearing plateau of the Guiana Shield is every miner‟s destination. But many times, it is also their…

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CSEC Sample English A Short Story 3

The graveyard was cold, dark and dreary. One weary old oak tree leaned over the entrance gate and broken battered headstones were scattered all around. I could hear the sound of the howling wind and the creak and groan of branches as they swayed in the storm. The smell of…

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Sample CSEC English A Short Story Questions

Sample questions for CXC English A short story section (Paper 2, Section 3) Answer Length: Your short story answers should be about 400-450 words – that is, they should take up both sides of a folder page. Narrative Writing Tip: You should develop your short story in about 6 paragraphs.…

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CSEC English A Narrative Writing Videos

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40i1gQzXqbM&list=PLnGWQn_nI9Ehyu1xYnMilwzy129WbvEy9[/embed]     [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOV9ACOTQiU[/embed]   Enhancing the Story [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqvghs9Vfko[/embed]     [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnpRV0AmBhU[/embed]    

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DIALOGUE WRITING QUIZZES

Click on the links below to complete the following quizzes. You can leave your first name and scores in the comments section. DIALOGUE QUIZ USING QUOTATION MARKS]]>

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HOW TO WRITE DIALOGUE IN A STORY

Dialogue isn’t just about creating direct quotations from different characters. Sometimes dialogue is best when it’s put into a summarized form, rather than the drawn-out form of an actual conversation. There are several important things to remember when writing conversations like the examples above, which are called direct dialogue: Do not…

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CXC CSEC English A exam – Paper 1 topics

CXC English A exam paper 1 contains sixty (60) compulsory multiple choice questions organized into two (2) sections. (Compulsory means that you have no choice, you have to do ALL the questions on this Paper.)  Section 1  Section one (1) is made up of twenty (20) separate multiple choice questions.…

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Punctuation Quizzes

Complete the following quizzes: PUNCTUATION QUIZ 1 PUNCTUATION QUIZ 2 Post your grade in the comment section below.]]>

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NARRATIVE DIALOGUE CLASSWORK

Review the notes on narrative dialogue on page 109  entitled 'Dialogue Format' of your text. Following this, rewrite the following sentences below and include punctuation marks, quotation marks and capital letters.  peggy said i have two cats do you have any pets i have two dogs three fish and seven…

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Punctuating of Dialogue Class Work- Narrative Writing

Peggy said I have two cats. Do you have any pets? I have two dogs, three fish and seven snails said Joe. I have two cats said Peggy Do you have any pets? I’m not sure  said Sue, if i know how to do this test.  Has he brought any…

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Analysis of Berry by Langston Hughes

Summary Berry is about a young black man called Millberry Jones who is employed at Dr. Renfield’s Home for Crippled Children. He was reluctantly employed by Mrs. Osborn, the housekeeper, because the Scandinavian kitchen boy had left without notice, leaving her no choice in hiring Berry. Her reluctance to hire…

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Once Upon A Time-Gabriel Okara

A Reading of the Poem [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1diekQ_vFs[/embed]   Summary A parent is talking to his/her’s son and telling him how things used to be. The parent tells the son that people used to be sincere, but are now superficial and seek only to take from others. The persona tells the child…

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CSEC ENGLISH SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT (SBA) OUTLINED

 Paper 031,  School-Based Assessment –  (SBA – 21% of Total Assessment)   One  SBA will be required to complete both aspects of the English Syllabus: English A and English B.  A student who does English A only OR English B only OR English A and B will be required to submit…

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CSEC ENGLISH B COURSE OUTLINE 2018-2023

Outline of the CSEC English B 2018-2023 Exam The English B examination is offered at the General Proficiency level. The Assessment comprises three papers, Paper 01, Paper 02, and Paper 031 or Paper 032. Papers 01 and 02 are assessed externally. Paper 031 is the School-Based Assessment (SBA) and is…

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Analysis of God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhLCSh4VLmA[/embed] Summary The first four lines of the octave (the first eight-line stanza of an Italian sonnet) describe a natural world through which God’s presence runs like an electrical current, becoming momentarily visible in flashes like the refracted glinting of light produced by metal foil when rumpled or quickly moved.…

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CSEC English B 2018-2023 Sample Questions- Section A

For each question in Sections A, B, and C, in addition to the 25 marks indicated for content and argument, 10 marks is allocated for language, organization and competence in the mechanics of writing. SECTION A — DRAMA Answer ONE question in this section.  THE TEMPEST — William Shakespeare EITHER…

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CSEC English B 2018-2023 Sample Questions – Section B

A WORLD OF POETRY FOR CSEC —Mark McWatt and Hazel Simmons-McDonald EITHER 3. “‘My Parents’ and ‘Little Boy Crying’ explore childhood experiences.” Write an essay in which you describe the experience of EACH child. In this essay, you must also discuss how the child in EACH poem feels about the…

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Persuasive Writing Notes

To persuade is to get a person or a group of persons to see something from your point of view or at least to understand how you see a situation. In this type of writing you need to consider: • Audience:-knowing the audience to whom you are speaking or for…

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‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilford Owen

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgQhH67oPgY[/embed] SUMMARY Wilfred Owen, the poet, tells of his first hand experience in war. He tells the tale of tired and wounded soldiers walking through dirt and sludge. Suddenly, there is a warning about gas, which the soldiers hurriedly and awkwardly heed by donning their helmets. Unfortunately, one soldier is…

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This is the Dark Time, My Love -Martin Carter

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U372Ia-tpnU[/embed] The persona speaks to someone that he cares for. He tells this person that this is the dark time, which is, in essence, a time of sadness. It is implied, by certain key terms; such as ‘dark metal’, that it is a time of war. The persona warns his…

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Things Fall Apart Background Information

Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958 by William Heinemann Ltd in the UK. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. It is a staple book in schools throughout…

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Things Fall Apart Background Information

Political Context • Approval of the entire clan is necessary before any major decision is made. • Egwugwu, the representative of the ancestral spirits, are integral in administering tribal justice. • Ndichie, the elders of the village, have a place of honour in the clan and their advice is respected.…

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Things Fall Apart: The Role of Women in Society

Much of the traditional Igbo life presented in this novel revolves around structured gender roles.   Essentially all of Igbo life is gendered, from the crops that men and women grow, to characterization of crimes. In Igbo culture, women are the weaker sex, but are also endowed with qualities that…

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The Tempest Analysis of Act 1, scene 2

Act 1, scene 2 Analysis Prospero tells Miranda their history as a way to inform the audience of this important information. In addition, the audience needs to know what events motivate Prospero’s decision to stir up the storm and why the men onboard the ship are his enemies — several…

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It is the Constant Image of your Face -Dennis Brutus

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcMKi-dhNTU[/embed] SUMMARY The persona reflects on the image of someone he cares for. This love interest accused him, with their eyes, of breaking their heart. The persona admits that both of them (he and the love interest) can make no excuses for his behaviour because the love interest does not…

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Theme for English B by Langston Hughes

The persona’s lecturer gave him an assignment to write a page that reflects ‘him’, or his character. The persona wonders if this is a simple task, and begins to think about his life. Things like his age, place of birth, race and place of residence. Based on these musings, he…

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The Tempest Acts 4 & 5 Summary

Act IV. Prospero tells Ferdinand that he no longer will punish him, but instead will freely give his daughter's hand in marriage to him. Prospero conjures up a beautiful, mythical, illusory party to celebrate, complete with goddesses and nymphs. Prospero instructs Ariel to lead the shipwrecked men on the island…

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CSEC ENGLISH B SECTION C Sample Questions

SECTION C — PROSE FICTION Answer ONE question in this section. You must state the title of any books you refer to in your answer.    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — Harper Lee  EITHER 5. “To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age novel in which Jem and Scout learn some important…

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Features of a Shakespeare Comedy

What makes a Shakespeare comedy identifiable if the genre is not distinct from the Shakespeare tragedies and histories? This is an ongoing area of debate, but many believe that the comedies share certain characteristics, as described below: Comedy through language: Shakespeare communicated his comedy through language and his comedy plays are peppered with clever word play,…

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Examining the Types of English B Questions

Compare     Examine the similarities as well as differences to reach a general conclusion. Compare and Contrast Examine the similarities as well as differences to reach a general conclusion. It must be noted that the word “compare” used by itself takes into consideration both similarities and differences. However, the word contrast used…

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Collins Caribbean Student’s Dictionary Review and Giveaway

Recently, I came across a copy of the Collins Caribbean Student's Dictionary and at first I thought that it was just like any other dictionary that I have owned. Boy was I wrong with my initial assessment.  This is not only a dictionary but also an English 101 and grammar text book…

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To Kill A Mockingbird: Chapters 6-10 Summary

source  Chapter 6 On Dill's last evening in Maycomb, the group begins the evening at Miss Rachel's pond. Dill and Jem decide to make one last attempt to see Boo. Scout reluctantly agrees to go with them. The trio sneaks to the house in the dark. As they move to…

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Sample Poetry Exam Question

Choose TWO poems from the prescribed list in which a social issue is presented. In an essay describe the social issue that is present in EACH poem. Also, discuss how either the speaker or the title is used in presenting this issue as well as identify and discuss ONE device…

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‘Blood Brothers’ by John Wickham Analysis

A Reading of the Short Story [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1A4xWeIuRk[/embed] Overview This story is about two brothers Paul and Benjy. Both brothers can be considered to be ‘Blood Brothers’ because they are thirteen year old twins. Despite the fact that Paul and Benjy are twins; they both display different personality traits. Paul is…

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To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 11-15 Summary

Chapter 11 The summer after second grade the children decide to expand their horizons. They spend more time going into town, which requires them to pass the house of Miss Dubose, who never misses an opportunity to shout at the children. This infuriates Jem, but Atticus tells him not to…

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To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 16-21 Summary

Chapter 16 Everybody from Maycomb heads downtown so that they Atticus suspiciously leaves that evening. The children decide to follow him. They find him in a chair outside of the jail reading a book. They continue to watch him when a group of men approach the courthouse. The group demands…

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South by Kamau Brathwaite Analysis

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” -Mark TwainHi, I am Guyanese Jamain Hatton.I have been teaching CSEC English A and B for the past seven years. During this time I have noticed how unenthusiastic some students can be when they hear the word…

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A Stone’s Throw Analysis

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” -Mark TwainHi, I am Guyanese Jamain Hatton.I have been teaching CSEC English A and B for the past seven years. During this time I have noticed how unenthusiastic some students can be when they hear the word…