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Literary Analysis – “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysse Shelley

July 23, 2015

The aim of this piece was to model the skills of analysis for a classic poem. The piece was written around the fifth week of a set of sessions on “Animalia Poetry”. I consider poetry to provide excellent opportunities for the development of both critical and creative skills, and through such activities with me students […]

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How does one view Harry Potter?

July 23, 2015

Recently a student I was working with described a task they had at school in which they were to compose an essay that would compare a novel with a film. In my experience, students are often given such tasks to complete without either the lessons or insights into texts to do more than identify and […]

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Outcome 2 Folio piece: Whose Reality – Perspective

July 23, 2015

Statement of intention Title: A different perspective Form: Creative, reflective-narrative writing Audience: Readers of Holmesglen Homily – the student magazine of Holmesglen High School. As such the audience includes students and teachers, as well as the wider school community. Publication: Holmesglen Homily student magazine Prompt: Does every individual’s perception differ? In responding to the prompt […]

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Outcome 2 – Whose Reality folio piece: Justice

July 23, 2015

Statement of intention Title: Justice Form: Creative, reflective-narrative writing Audience: Unspecified – see below. Publication: Readers digest perhaps? Despite the gravity of the scene it’s a bit of a wishy-washy wet blanket tale, and probably only suitable for the waiting room of your GP or dentist. Prompt: “Emotional distress or upheaval can alter our perception […]

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About GBD Education services

April 10, 2014

I love my work 🙂 Most mornings I wake up with the birds and head into my study with a coffee to log on and collaborate with students to further develop our studies together. They send me questions, plans, reflections and products to demonstrate what they are doing and to seek my involvement, whether it […]

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What is justice, and what is injustice?

March 26, 2014

What is justice, and what is injustice? Ok, this is my discursive/expository essay and I get to start it however I like. I therefore choose to start it with Erin Brokovich. Don’t complain – I could have instead gone for Steven Seagal’s lemon Out For Justice, so really you should be thanking me! The 2000 […]

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Language Analysis – Schoolies Week

March 25, 2014

How does the language and discourse of each piece in the Sunday debate advance a certain interpretation of the appellation “Schoolies Week”? I really must question the Herald-Sun’s sincerity in their Sunday Debate publication on November the 25th December, for the premise is immediately untenable. The bias assumed in the question, achieved through the use […]

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Scholarship test Writing Skills: Responding with “Originality”

March 17, 2014

This is yet another 15 min short piece, this time in response to the image/prompt of “I stood outside the door, my pulse racing. Summoning my greatest store of courage, I took a deep breath, opened the door, and stepped inside…”. This seems immediately to be a prompt for a creative piece. My purpose here […]

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Personal Response: Thursday’s Child by Sonya Hartnett

January 23, 2014

I’ve read the first chapter or two. Immediately I recognise that a book like this is the absolute antithesis of Ernest Hemmingway’s work. Like a hard-nosed Puritan, Hemmingway set out to strip all frivolous animation and fun and phantasms from writing, and to present simple, direct, stark naked descriptions. Obviously the previous sentence does not […]

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Analytical essay writing – Film clip analysis

January 19, 2014

Over the past month I’ve enjoyed the activity of working on several analytical essays, but not for literary texts. Instead, the study has been for the analysis of music video clips including songs and videos of “Dolphin’s Cry” by Live, “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons, “Tribute” by Tenacious D, and “Everlong” by […]

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