Archive for August, 2012

Scholarship test writing: Creative Writing skills

August 13, 2012

The aim of this piece was to exercise the skill of composing a narrative using an interesting structural device. There are many such narrative devices that can be exercised to form a narrative that realises greater suspense or intrigue at different stages of the story, including epigrams, flashbacks, cliffhangers etc. In this piece, the structural […]

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Creative writing skills: Focus

August 9, 2012

This is yet another 20 min short creative writing piece, this time in response to the image/prompt of a set of clocks. For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au. Remember, your goal is to produce focused writing by: • illustrating the context, […]

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Poetry analysis: Bookworm by Norman MacHaig

August 8, 2012

VCE English does require students to analyse texts, both in Outcome 1 and Outcome 3. The curriculum is not the same in Scotland where the focus for the analysis of literary techniques is much greater. I have found the pursuit of strong literary analysis to be extremely beneficial to students. In VCE English, students can […]

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Outcome 2 – Ideas and Arguments: Identity and Belonging

August 7, 2012

For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au. Outcome 2 – Ideas and Arguments Focus Questions and Topic Sentences/Prompts The challenge of Outcome 2 is in part to consider complex ideas and form certain arguments and conclusions for the chosen context. The terms […]

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Scholarship test writing

August 7, 2012

One good trick in short story writing is to achieve a variety of perspectives through the narration of different, and even conflicting, viewpoints. I do this using ellipsis ( * * * ) to present a transition from one narrator to another. The two submissions here using this technique are both 20 minute pieces written […]

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