Y9 – 26/04/16

Due: 03/05 (Issued: 26/04)


  • Using details from the letter to Miss Luce and what you already know from the extract, write a diary entry from the perspective of Curley’s wife for the night she met Curley.


  • At least 3 paragraphs in length (5-8 sentences per paragraph)
  • Correct punctuation
  • Correct capital letters

Letter to Miss Luce (Steinbeck’s Letter)

To Claire Luce

Los Gatos [1938]

Dear Miss Luce:

Annie Laurie says you are worried about your playing of the part of Curley’s wife although from the reviews it appears that you are playing it marvellously. I am deeply grateful to you and to the others in the cast for your feeling about the play. You have surely made it much more than it was by such a feeling.

About the girl—I don’t know of course what you think about her, but perhaps if I should tell you a little about her as I know her, it might clear your feeling about her.

She grew up in an atmosphere of fighting and suspicion. Quite early she learned that she must never trust anyone but she was never able to carry out what she learned. A natural trustfulness broke through constantly and every time it did, she got hurt. Her moral training was most rigid. She was told over and over that she must remain a virgin because that was the only way she could get a husband. This was harped on so often that it became a fixation. It would have been impossible to seduce her. She had only that one thing to sell and she knew it.

Now, she was trained by threat not only at home but by other kids. And any show of fear or weakness brought an instant persecution. She learned to be hard to cover her fright. And automatically she became hardest when she was most frightened. She is a nice, kind girl, not a floozy. No man has ever considered her as anything except a girl to try to make. She has never talked to a man except in the sexual fencing conversation. She is not highly sexed particularly but knows instinctively that if she is to be noticed at all, it will be because some one finds her sexually desirable.

As to her actual sexual life—she has had none except with Curley and there has probably been no consummation there since Curley would not consider her gratification and would probably be suspicious if she had any. Consequently she is a little starved. She knows utterly nothing about sex except the mass misinformation girls tell one another. If anyone—a man or woman—ever gave her a break—treated her like a person—she would be a slave to that person. Her craving for contact is immense but she, with her background, is incapable of conceiving any contact without some sexual context. With all this—if you knew her, if you could ever break down a thousand little defences she has built up, you would find a nice person, an honest person, and you would end up by loving her. But such a thing could never happen.

I hope you won’t think I’m preaching. I’ve known this girl and I’m just trying to tell you what she is like. She is afraid of everyone in the world. You’ve known girls like that, haven’t you? You can see them in Central Park on a hot night. They travel in groups for protection. They pretend to be wise and hard and voluptuous.

I have a feeling that you know all this and that you are doing all this. Please forgive me if I seem to intrude on your job. I don’t intend to and I am only writing this because Annie Laurie said you wondered about the girl. It’s a devil of a hard part. I am very happy that you have it.


John Steinbeck

Chapter Two – Extract

Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in. She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers. “I’m lookin’ for Curley,” she said. Her voice had a nasal, brittle quality.

George looked away from her and then back. “He was in here a minute ago, but he went.”

“Oh!” She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward. “You’re the new fellas that just come, ain’t ya?”


Lennie’s eyes moved down over her body, and though she did not seem to be looking at Lennie she bridled a little. She looked at her fingernails. “Sometimes Curley’s in here,” she explained.

George said brusquely. “Well he ain’t now.” “If he ain’t, I guess I better look some place else,” she said playfully.

Lennie watched her, fascinated. George said, “If I see him, I’ll pass the word you was looking for him.”

She smiled archly and twitched her body. “Nobody can’t blame a person for lookin’,” she said.


Y7 – 26/04/16

Due: 03/05 (Issued: 26/03)


  • Complete the “5-minute personality test”
  • Write three paragraphs about your personality
  1. Refer to your strengths and weaknesses
  2. Discuss your characteristics (disposition, motivation, needs, etc)
  3. Explore a career for yourself and describe a specific daemon that relates to your personality animal. (ie. Lion: lion, cheetah, leopard, panther, domestic cat)


  1. Completed personality test
  2. 3 paragraphs (5-8 sentences per paragraph);

Personality Test

Y9 – 26/04/16

Due: 03/05 (Issued: 26/04)


Using details from the letter to Miss Luce and what you already know from the extract, write a diary entry from the perspective of Curley’s wife for the night she met Curley.


  1. Use the letter to Miss Luce to guide your response
  2. Use the extract from Of Mice and Men to inform language
  3. At least 3 paragraphs (5-8 sentences each)


  • Try to encapsulate the essence of her language
  • Use any MOPPSSAA techniques you feel are relevant

Y8 – 25/04/16

Due: 29/04 (Issued: 25/04)


1. Answer the four questions on the handout in full sentences.

  • How are orphans treated?
  • Who is responsible for this treatment?
  • Who could prevent this mistreatment?
  • Why might orphans be treated this way?

2. How does Mrs Mann’s treatment of Oliver show how all orphans were treated in Victorian England?


  1. Use RACERS structure
  2. At least 2 paragraphs
  3. Each paragraph must be at least 5-8 sentences long.
  4. Refer to at least one of the three extracts from chapter 2



Y10 – 15/04/16

Due: 22/04 (Issued: 15/04)


How does the writer use language to make the mountain beautiful yet menacing?


  1. Use RACERS structure
  2. At least 2 paragraphs
  3. Specifically define the word classes when you refer to your cited evidence.
  4. Each paragraph must be at least 5-8 sentences long.


“As the pan of water slowly heated, I looked around at the wide, dry and rock-strewn river bed, the erratic boulder under which I crouched marking the site at a distance in all but the very worst weather. A huge, almost vertical wall of ice and snow soared upwards to the summit of Cerro Sarapo directly in front of the camp, no more than a mile and a half away. Rising from the sea of moraine to my left, two spectacular and extravagant castles of sugar icing, Yerupaja and Rasac, dominated the camp site. The majestic  21,000-foot Siula Grande lay behind Sarapo and was not visible. It had been climbed for the first time in 1936 by two bold Germans via the North Ridge. There had been few ascents since then, and the true prize, the daunting  4,500-foot West Face had so far defeated all attempts.


I turned off the stove and gingerly slopped the water into three large mugs. The sun hadn’t cleared the ridge of mountains opposite and it was still chilly in the shadows.”


“À medida que a panela de água aquecida lentamente, olhei em volta para o largo, leito de rio seco e pedregoso, a pedra irregular sob as quais me agachei marcando o local, a uma distância em todos, mas o pior clima. Uma enorme parede, quase vertical de gelo e neve dispararam para cima ao cume do Cerro Sarapo diretamente em frente do acampamento, não mais do que uma milha e meia de distância. Saindo do mar de Moraine aos meus, dois castelos espectaculares e extravagantes esquerda de açúcar de confeiteiro, Yerupaja e Rasac, dominaram o local de acampamento. O majestoso 21.000 pés Siula Grande estava por trás Sarapo e não era visível. Ele tinha sido escalado pela primeira vez na 1936 por dois alemães ousadas através do North Ridge. Houve algumas subidas desde então, e o verdadeiro prêmio, a assustadora 4.500 pés Face Oeste havia derrotado até agora todas as tentativas.

Desliguei o fogão e cuidadosamente derramou a água em três grandes canecas. O sol ainda não tinha limpado a cadeia de montanhas oposto e ele ainda estava frio nas sombras. “



Y8 – 15/04/16

Due: 21/04 (Issued: 15/04)


Research the Poor Law of 1834 and Workhouses to answer the following questions:

  1. What were they meant to do?
  2. Why were they so bad?


  1. At least two paragraphs
  2. Each paragraph must be at least 5-8 sentences long.

Research links

The Poor Law

  • http://workhouses.org.uk/poorlaws/
  • http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/1834-poor-law/
  • http://www.historyhome.co.uk/peel/poorlaw/poorlaw.htm

The Workhouse

  • http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/victorians/workhouses.html
  • http://www.workhouses.org.uk/life/rules.shtml
  • http://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/oliver-twist-and-the-workhouse


  1. Make links to Oliver Twist.

Y9 – 15/04/16

Due: 26/04 (Issued: 15/04)


“What impression is Steinbeck trying to give us of Soledad county in the extract?”


  1. Observe RACERS (instructions below)
  2. Write 2 RACERS paragraphs, commenting on the language used.
  3. Each paragraph must be at least 5-8 sentences long.


  1. Agree with your study buddy a time and place to meet and read each other’s work, providing www and hti.
  2. Alternatively, post your answer as a comment on this page and get your partner to respond with a www and hti.


A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with treeswillows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool. On the sandy bank under the trees the leaves lie deep and so crisp that a lizard makes a great skittering if he runs among them. Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening, and the damp flats are covered with the night tracks of ‘coons, and with the spread pads of dogs from the ranches, and with the splitwedge tracks of deer that come to drink in the dark.

There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water. In front of the low horizontal limb of a giant sycamore there is an ash pile made by many fires; the limb is worn smooth by men who have sat on it.

RACERS structure