Well, there are lots of ways, obviously. But we’ve been looking at how to write about language, of late, and when I read this I thought it was such a brilliant example of everything I’ve been saying, that I should post it immediately. A* stuff.
Here is the Brilliant Paragraph that we wrote this morning:
On the outside, Judge Taylor seems rather informal in Court. He has certain habits that suggest this, such as ‘[propping] his feet up’, ‘[cleaning] his fingernails’ and chewing cigars. From such actions we can infer that Judge Taylor is very relaxed in the Courthouse – treating it almost like a second home. In particular, cleaning his fingernails may be regarded as something very private. It might also suggest that he is distracted, or not listening. Furthermore, he gives the ‘impression of dozing’, which leads us to question if he is even awake! Finally, Harper Lee uses an interesting simile to describe him: ‘looking like a sleepy old shark’. The adjectives ‘sleepy’ and ‘old’ make him appear almost senile, hardly the kind of person who should be in charge of a court of law.
Why it is Brilliant:
1. The opening…
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Dear Year 10,
I’m afraid I am on a training course today, so I won’t be able to teach you. Sad times. Here is your work for periods 2,3 and 8. Try to stick to the timings as much as possible. If you get stuck, keep looking in the novel for ideas. The answers are all in there – you just have to read carefully and think a bit.
You should hand the work in to me on Thursday morning.
Last year, I attended a day of lectures on Theories of Comedy and Shakespearean Comedy. I’ve just found the notes, lurking on my iPad. They may be of some use to you as you begin to work on your coursework essay. Feel free to ask if there’s anything that doesn’t make sense.
Lecture 1: A Serious Introduction to some Theories of Comedy, Dr. Barrie Saywood
Lecture 2: The Structure of Dramatic Comedy, Dr. Paul McDonald
Lecture 3: Shakespearean Comedy: Plot and Theme, Prof. John McRae
Lecture 4: Shakespearean Comedy: Language and Character
** Am missing the first page of this. If I remember correctly, the first subheading was ‘Much Ado About Nothing: Don John **