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Help - showing my ignorance!

Discussion in 'English' started by shy anne, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. I am not a specialist English teacher having always worked with Intervention/SEN groups and am brilliant (even though I say it myself!) at teaching basic skills but I am still expected to follow and differentiate the main SOW. So, today I started looking at Romeo and Juliet for my Y8 group, a new topic this year for me as it was previously taught to Y9 and the SOW has also been re-written so lots for me to get my head around. I am OK with the main ideas although I will have to work hard to make them relevant to my group who are working at L3 or thereabouts but am stuck with one acronym that has been mentioned and I hope someone here can help me out so that I do not have to admit my ignorance to the rest of the English Team!!
    By week 3, we start to look at language and AF7, using ambitious vocab within similes and metaphors, then the SOW mentions using some activities to teach the students elements of ASMAPS leading towards ten writing a paragraph incorporating three descriptive techniques ro describe a key monent in a scene. I assume that ASMAPS is some technique to help with writing descriptively and that ASM might stand for adjectives, similes and metaphors but then I get stuck!!
    Can anyone explain what ASMAPS stands for and suggest activities that I can do to teach my SEN students to use it when describing a key moment in a scene.
  2. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Hope someone can help you. Afraid it's a new one on me - can't say I like the sound of it!
    (Here's a pretty piece of pedantry for you - if it really is an acronym, then the conventional spelling would be "Asmaps". Perhaps the all caps spelling is to make it stick in the children's heads. I've seen exam scripts with "AFOREST" written as an aide memoire by the candidates - sort of language feature shoppping list.)
  3. I can't figure out what all of AFOREST would stand for! No idea what ASMAPS is either - no shame in asking you dept. I feel!
  4. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    Don't know about ASMAPS but I've seen AFOREST on a PowerPoint somewhere, maybe on Teachit. Something like. Alliteration, Facts and opinions, Onomatopaeia, Rhetorical question, Emotive language and so on. A hotchpotch of devices in no particular order,
  5. I was wondering why there was no metaphor or personification. An odd choice of techniques unless one is a tabloid writer.
  6. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    No understanding of asmaps here, either.
    Our dept uses TIP TOP for paragraphing, though I don't.
    It's AFFOREST, which I also dislike - poor spelling skills - not good for bottom sets.
    I do like TAP for Text, Audeince, Purpose - short and snappy, though I have to explain - about a million times - that Purpose isn't 'to pass the exam'. [​IMG]
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    New one on me.
    Just wondering if they stand for the various figures of speech
    A= alliteration S= simile M= metaphor A= assonance? P= personification S= symbol?
  8. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Good try, Lara!
  9. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    All Sentences Must 'Ave Parts of Speech???
  10. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    According to my top set Yr 7s these are full stops, commas .... you get the picture.
  11. Spent all day working on the SOW and have not got as far as ASMAPS so will email a colleague at work tomorrow as knowing our English Team, some of them will be working! I will let you know what it stands for.
    Have decided though that I do not like Shakepeare in all honesty, I think I was put off all classics by the boring A level teaching I suffered years ago! But until I looked at modern day interpretations, I was not aware of how 'rude' Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet is, the men boasting about the size of their appendages made me laugh. Not sure I apprecuated the references to rape and virgins on one of the versions I looked at, think I will avoid that part with my class, they are not very street wise and being mainly Muslim, tend not to mix with some of the more advanced kids!!
  12. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    This cannot be possible!
    I.i of RnJ is amazingly rude, but with a Muslim group you may well find that the arranged (not forced) marriage issue may bring you a deal of enlightenment. In a modern English culture, pupils have difficulty with this, especially the stuff about being obedient to a father. Depending on your pupils, they may have little difficulty. Though the Muslim girls I have taught tend to be second generation or later and want a love marriage.

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