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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:56 pm 
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Hello
My DS is doing edexcel board and struggling with English gcses.

They will be doing Coram Boy, Macbeth and A Christmas Carol.

What books are good in preparing, would you recommend york notes or cgp or exam board books.

Any ideas and tips please.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:37 pm 
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Hi, is your ds in Year 10 or 11? I’m guessing Year 10.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:44 pm 
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Year 10.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:20 pm 
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Of the texts mentioned, my school does ‘Macbeth’. Which text is your ds doing right now?

I do have a longer answer saved somewhere - Mods, not sure how to retrieve it though - but thought I’d check which text he’s doing before posting something that might not be of much use right now.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:41 am 
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School's often make guides (the CGP ones at DS2's school) available at reduced cost). You could ask whether your DS's school will be doing this sometime in the coming year.

However, in the meantime, if he feels that he is struggling(in any subject), he should make his teachers aware of his specific problems as soon as possible.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:03 am 
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KS10 wrote:
Of the texts mentioned, my school does ‘Macbeth’. Which text is your ds doing right now?

I do have a longer answer saved somewhere - Mods, not sure how to retrieve it though - but thought I’d check which text he’s doing before posting something that might not be of much use right now.


If you saved it, it may be in your messages. If not, try a search with yiu as author.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:31 am 
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yoyo123 wrote:
KS10 wrote:
Of the texts mentioned, my school does ‘Macbeth’. Which text is your ds doing right now?

I do have a longer answer saved somewhere - Mods, not sure how to retrieve it though - but thought I’d check which text he’s doing before posting something that might not be of much use right now.


If you saved it, it may be in your messages. If not, try a search with yiu as author.


try "user control panel" (top right) then "manage drafts" (left hand side)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:53 am 
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Hi

First port of call would be to school teachers -they should be willing to help. I'd think about watching or listening to the texts - a film or audible book. We find Mr Bruff quite helpful as well (he has his own youtube channel)...he covers lots of different texts.

Hope that helps.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:46 am 
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Try the RSC for Macbeth resources https://www.rsc.org.uk/macbeth/education

Definitely look out for a live performance if you can, failing that a film.

It's been a GCSE text for some years so there is plenty out there with the kind of (fairly formulaic) answers the exam board are looking for.
But nothing beats experiencing live Shakespeare well acted for bringing the text alive


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:26 pm 
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solimum wrote:
But nothing beats experiencing live Shakespeare well acted for bringing the text alive

I'd agree with this. I would hold off revision books etc in year 10, at this stage DC should be fully immersing themselves in the test - and the short cuts tend to mitigate against doing this.

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