Year 11 Easter Holiday Must-Do Tasks: ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

Over the Easter holiday period, all Year 11 students are expected to complete the 'must-do' work tasks set by each subject area. Students must bring back to school their completed work on the first week back after the holidays for their teachers to assess. Invites to the Prom will depend on students completing these tasks. The work is designed to support coursework completion and exam preparation.


To keep up your revision and improve your chances of getting your target grade, you must work on the following.

1. Spend 15 minutes using the PiXL App for ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Macbeth’ (15 minutes per text) at least twice a week during the break.

2. Create a theme mind map for ‘Blood Brothers’.It should include: superstition, education, social class and nature vs nurture as well as any others you can think of.

3. Create a revision sheet for the context of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

4. Analyse a soliloquy (the character speaks their thoughts) from ‘Macbeth’ (attached).

5. Choose an article from a broadsheet newspaper and analyse the language and structure in it. What is the viewpoint and perspective of the writer?

6. Create a revision guide for Year 10 students helping them to compare two poems. 

Activities 2 to 6 should be completed on a separate sheet of A4 paper and can be done by hand or on the computer. Finished pieces of revision are to be emailed to your English teacher no later than Sunday 23rd April, or handed in during your English lesson Monday 24th April. Those that do not complete the work will run the risk of not being invited to Prom, but also, not achieving their target grade in these TWO GCSEs. 

Extra work:

  1. Go onto the AQA website and follow the path below to find Sample Materials 1. You are to work through the papers and hand them into your English teacher. A comparison can then be made to the first time you did the papers. There is one for each of the language and literature components (4 in total).

Language: AQA> Subjects> English> GCSE Language > All Assessment Resources> Paper 1 and 2

Literature: AQA> Subjects> English> GCSE Literature> All Assessment Resources> Paper 1 and 2.



Soliloquy taken from Macbeth Act 2 Scene 1.

Macbeth is on his way to murder Duncan. What does this soliloquy show about his character at this stage in the play? Can you make links to the rest of the play? 

   Is this a dagger which I see before me,
    The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
    I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
    Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
    To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
    A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
    Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
    I see thee yet, in form as palpable
    As this which now I draw.
    Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going;
    And such an instrument I was to use.
    Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses,
    Or else worth all the rest
; I see thee still,

    And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,
    Which was not so before. There's no such thing:

It is the bloody business which informs
    Thus to mine eyes. Now o'er the one halfworld
    Nature seems dead
, and wicked dreams abuse

    The curtain'd sleep; witchcraft celebrates
    Pale Hecate's offerings
, and wither'd murder,

    Alarum'd by his sentinel, the wolf,
    Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace.
    With Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his design
    Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
    Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
    Thy very stones prate of my whereabout,
    And take the present horror from the time,
    Which now suits with it
. Whiles I threat, he lives:

    Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.
    A bell rings
    I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.
    Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
    That summons thee to heaven or to hell.

This entry was posted on April 6, 2017