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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Eleven Plus Moral

Would this make a fair eleven plus question?

James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don't go down with me."

Do you remember this poem from the wonderful A.A. Milne on `Disobedience’.

The last verse reads:

(Now then, very softly)
W.G.Du P.
Took great
C/0 his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
"M*****," he said, said he:

Could you expect an eleven plus child to complete the gaps?

(In eleven plus terms completing the gaps is called the Cloze Procedure. A number of different types of verbal reasoning questions rely on completing gaps.)

If, by chance, your much loved eleven plus child upsets you – then you could always read the poem together and reflect on the moral therein!

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