English Tuition for Years 6-10

Poetry analysis: Bookworm by Norman MacHaig

Posted by on August 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

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 […]

Williams Model Matrix for Gifted Students

Posted by on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

The following presents two sets of activities to engender responses to the text The Web 2027 with respect to the concepts of “Connectivity” and “Virtual Reality”. Gifted students specifically benefit from study that focuses on concepts and relations between concepts, and enables engagement with content through differentiated learning activities (eg. Paradox, Attribute Listing etc…). Although […]

Poetry: Preliminary test and course description

Posted by on July 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au. Literary techniques test Name: ______________________ 1. In your own words define the poetic/literary techniques of: Rhyme: _______________________________________________________ Rhythm: _______________________________________________________ Simile: _______________________________________________________ Metaphor: _______________________________________________________ Personification: __________________________________________________ Assonance: _______________________________________________________ Alliteration: ______________________________________________________ Symbolism: ______________________________________________________ Onomatopoeia: ___________________________________________________ Imagery: _______________________________________________________ […]

Creative writing skills: Focus

Posted by on July 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au. Focus An integral skill in successful short story writing is the ability to truly capture the imagined scene in writing. Unfortunately (at first) when writers are told both to “describe more” and to “keep your […]

Personal response: The Hunger Games

Posted by on July 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au. I wasn’t happy before reading this. My friend had informed me, “It wasn’t as violent as the film was.” A student told me, “It wasn’t as violent as I thought it would be.” Such descriptions […]

Personal response: Maximum Security

Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

MAXIMUM SECURITY by Robert Muchamore – Personal Response Right, I hated it. No really, I hated this book. There are very few novels that raise my ire. I hate how everyone misinterprets Girl with a Pearl Earring, and takes the position of the narrator when she’s clearly a vicious lying manipulative self-obsessed snake. I hate […]

Creative Writing: Response to a novel

Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

The following is a redraft of a scene from a Goosebumps story written for a young audience. The challenge for students to rewrite short excerpts of scenes from stories they are reading (and enjoying!) allows them to match their writing skills to a high standard, to engage with generic elements, and also to realise the […]

Personal Response: Focus Feb 2012 – The Science of Deduction

Posted by on March 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

This is a writing piece that achieves the analytical and evaluative form, content and purpose to genuinely challenge and engage gifted students in their studies. For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au. To be frank, I was immediately most dismayed to consider […]

VCE Outcome 3: Language Analysis Essay

Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

I’m not convinced by the facts (or lack thereof) of Mr/Mrs “Name and School withheld” argument in “The Case Against a National Curriculum”. It seems rather silly to assume that the National Department of Education would ignore entirely the “differing needs” of Australia’s 3.3 million students. Instead, the article appears to be an obvious attack […]

Text response: Montana 1948

Posted by on June 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm

“At the end of the book, has justice triumphed?” Triumph is a strong adjective to use to describe a result, as is its antonym failure. As opposites, triumph and failure are easy to distinguish. Justice, however, has a troubled past; a history of being confused with injustice. Justice is the triumphant rule of law, and […]