Science Creating Monsters -Frankenstein & The Handmaid’s Tale

Essay – Society Creating Monsters


Here is a sample essay I wrote on how the question…

Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts show how science can create monsters (44 marks)




One Down, One To Go!


We hope everyone found the exam alright today. If not, don’t worry, there’s still another one to go! We’ll keep posting prose tips up until Wednesday night, so don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Good luck!

Good Luck for Poetry & Drama!

Just a quick post from us at blogasenglish to wish everyone taking the Poetry & Drama exam tomorrow morning the very best of luck! Everyone has worked sooo hard and as long as you pick the question you feel most confident with, think carefully about the poem you will choose to compare and put in many alternative Streetcar opinions (as well as all the other correct AOs), you will do amazingly! Feel free to ask anymore questions and we’ll do our best to answer before we head off to bed before the big day 🙂

Ella, Beth & Hadiyah


Sample Essay – Nature and Freedom

ESSAY – Nature and freedom


Here is a sample essay I wrote on how the question…

Compare the methods both poets use to explore the universal theme of nature and freedom in The Furthest Distances I’ve travelled and one other poem

I decided to write about the poems ‘The Furthest Distances I’ve Travelled’ and ‘History’. Feel free to use as exemplar material.

My only target was to be a little more succinct. “Comprehensive analysis with effective comparisons throughout. Also, interesting choice of 2nd poem”

By Ella

Essay Tips – Drama Structure

Here is a simple outline of the structure that I try to follow when writing my essays. It  is not necessarily the best way to write, there are many other effective ways, so don’t think that if you don’t like this structure or have a preferred way of organising an essay that it is not correct.

Remember to include AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO5 in every paragraph.

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Frankenstein – Context

Image © The National Theatre

As we have said before, you won’t be able to get into the higher bands on the mark scheme if you do not include context (AO3). We already have a post on context for The Handmaid’s Tale, made by Beth, so be sure to have a look at both this one and that one to ensure you have context for both texts throughout your essays. There is a lot here, so try to get at familiar with a lot of it, you will know most of it anyway, but there be more sophisticated context that you can use here 🙂

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A Streetcar Named Desire – Critical Opinions

Image © The Guardian

In the exam, you will be marked on AO5 (Explore the ways different people (including critical thought) react to, and interpret texts.)

You will need to include some sense of debate in your essay but offering different interpretations of the same point, it could be a separate paragraph or within the same paragraph. You can do this by either, offering a different opinion “However, in a differing opinion, it could be suggested…” or you can use critics opinions to aid what you are saying. You can also discuss how the characters have been interpreted differently in stage and film adaptations of the play. For this exam, it doesn’t matter if you don’t include the critic’s name, but make sure you re using it to illustrate a point and not just throwing it in for the sake of it!

Here are some critical opinions we have looked at in class, of course don’t try and remember all of them, but gather a selection that you can use in your essay if appropriate.

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