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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:30 pm 
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Hope you all got through the weather OK and that the exam went well. If anyone would be able to let me know which text was used for the late sitting I would be grateful as I will add it to the list of texts used on the sticky at the top of the forum.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:18 pm 
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As I understand it, it was Ian McEwen's Atonement. That is unconfirmed, of course :)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:24 pm 
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Many thanks - great book.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:00 pm 
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And the first English paper featured Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Luis de Bernieres, I believe.

But are these typical of books a 10-11 year old should have read? I'd better hurry my 4-year old along then. We are still at Floppy and Biff.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:09 pm 
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That is correct and no one expects them to have read them.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:12 pm 
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True. There is a difference between having read the words and having truly read the story.

Level of inference / vocabulary knowledge expected for 11+ English is high in any case.

Good activities are always to ask your child how he or she feels about a book or what he or she thinks of a character in the book. Ask WHY. Give evidence to support answers. Teach them how to quote.

For example, they could answer a question on character by starting like this:

The words "***" and "***" in line yy suggest that.......

Just thoughts on a very very cold Wednesday night as the snow falls.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:23 am 
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So that's what the first English novel was :-) I was trying to work out what it could be from DD's very brief description - didn't think of that one!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:13 am 
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DS did his best to remember where the excerpt was from and reported Capt Corelli’s Mandarin :lol: I do feel for our DCs!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:16 pm 
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That made me smile :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:33 pm 
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I heard that spelling was tested instead of synonyms. Looks like they're shaking things up a bit. :?


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