Advanced Studies in English

Literary Analysis – “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysse Shelley

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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 […]

How does one view Harry Potter?

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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 […]

About GBD Education services

Posted by on April 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

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 […]

What is justice, and what is injustice?

Posted by on March 26, 2014 at 10:25 am

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 […]

Language Analysis – Schoolies Week

Posted by on March 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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 […]

Scholarship test Writing Skills: Responding with “Originality”

Posted by on March 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

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 […]

Personal Response: Thursday’s Child by Sonya Hartnett

Posted by on January 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

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 […]

Analytical essay writing – Film clip analysis

Posted by on January 19, 2014 at 9:39 am

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 […]

Scholarship test Writing Skills: Focus

Posted by on December 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

This is yet another 20 min short creative writing piece, this time in response to the image/prompt of “A cat having their tummy tickled”. For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at Remember, your goal is to produce focused writing by: • illustrating […]

Film Clip Analysis – The prestige: “Hello Stanley”

Posted by on December 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

I’m going to consider for this analysis the section of the clip of “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons that I call “The prestige” that runs from 2 mins 14 seconds to 2 mins 52 secs. A title for this part of the narrative might be “Hello Stanley”. You can view the music […]