Armistice Day 1918-2018
Some 10 million soldiers were killed in ‘The Great War’ before the guns finally fell silent on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918. The Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany in a railway carriage in the forests of Compiègne in France, agreeing to the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front and effectively ending the First World War. It took effect at eleven o’clock that morning —the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”.
Armistice Day is remembered in countries around world. In Britain a two-minute silence is observed to remember and honour the sacrifices made. Many people wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope inspired by the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, written by Canadian Doctor Colonel John McCrae in the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres. The bright red poppy is a resilient flower which continued to grow in landscapes otherwise devastated by war. In the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday in November nearest to 11 November.
2018 will mark 100 years since the armistice was signed. The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and Winner of Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Imtiaz Dharker, are supporting the University of Lincoln in launching a poetry competition for schools in 2017/18 to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.
The competition judges will select will select the best poems submitted by UK school pupils and college students to feature in a special anthology, ‘Armistice 100’. It will be published on 11 November 2018 with a foreword by Carol Ann Duffy.
Year 9: GET WRITING! We can’t wait to see your entries.
Please use the link to find instructions on how to submit your entry.
Right then, Year 10!
In your English lesson on Tuesday 27th February, you’ll be completing a 45-minute exam-style assessment in which you give your point of view on a contentious statement.
The statement will be provocative – something designed to get you thinking – and you’ll be asked to write one of the following types of text:
– A formal letter
– A speech
– An article
– Text for a leaflet
– An essay
While we can’t tell you the specific task you’ll be completing – as that would be cheating, of course – we will tell you that the topic will be related to education and school holidays.
Over half term, we recommend completing the following tasks to ensure you are fully prepared for the assessment:
– Read the section on Writing with a viewpoint in your My Revision Notes study guides. (You can buy these from the library; details here.)
– Read and make notes on this presentation.
– Read this BBC News report.
– Do some of your own research about school holidays. What do you think about their length? Their purpose?
Remember: your piece of writing will be marked out of 40, with 24 marks for AO5 (content) and 16 marks for AO6 (accuracy). To that end, you might find it useful to complete some of the sections on Using effective punctuation and Improving sentences and grammar in your My Revision Notes books.
Any questions? See your English teacher.
My Revision Notes – Writing with a Viewpoint
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