Code Name Verity: Part 1 (Notes)

New year, new book! This year, I'll be working on a set of notes for the text Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. If I may gush: I absolutely adore this book!It is heart-wrenching, devastating, and yet, I find myself laughing along with its protagonists because if I didn't, I would not stop crying. It … Continue reading Code Name Verity: Part 1 (Notes)

Hook and Eye – The Borrowed Boy Reflection Notes

The Borrowed Boy is a tale, ironically, about Junaidah and the boy she borrows for the day to make herself feel better. Except things do not turn out the way she has planned and her attempts to plug the void within her results her in using another person. Instead of doing good, she becomes, ironically, … Continue reading Hook and Eye – The Borrowed Boy Reflection Notes

Hook and Eye – Cave Man Reflection Notes

Cave Man is a fantasy depiction of Singapore in the future, in which most Singaporeans live underground whilst only the fortunate get to live above-ground in the sunshine. Alfred, the protagonist dreams of solitude and isolation - or does he? As with the Reflections Framework I have shared previously, these notes have been created with … Continue reading Hook and Eye – Cave Man Reflection Notes

Hook and Eye – The Boy with the Missing Thumb Reflection Notes

The Boy with the Missing Thumb is a very surreal story that drags us on a horrific journey of toxic self-marginalisation from the perspective of the main protagonist, Gregory. As with the Reflections Framework I have shared previously, these notes have been created with the intention of helping you to reflect personally. Therefore, you will … Continue reading Hook and Eye – The Boy with the Missing Thumb Reflection Notes

Hook and Eye – Sophia’s Party Reflection Notes

Sophia's Party is a story about a very Singaporean National Day party, told from the perspective of a foreigner who struggles with understanding Singaporeans. As with the Reflections Framework I have shared previously, these notes have been created with the intention of helping you to reflect personally. Therefore, you will find that it comes with … Continue reading Hook and Eye – Sophia’s Party Reflection Notes

Hook and Eye – Reflection Framework

If you've read the introduction as well as the notes to students that are found at the beginning of Hook and Eye, you'd realise that Philip Holden intended for this collection of short stories to be interpreted very personally. What that means is it meant to be experienced differently by different readers, because we are … Continue reading Hook and Eye – Reflection Framework

News Articles for English and Social Studies

A question I get asked a lot is about studying for social studies and English discursive/argumentative essays. What makes these two examination types so unique is the lack of spoon-feeding - there are no books or concrete notes that provide a student with the evidence required to attempt such essays. To help with the learning … Continue reading News Articles for English and Social Studies

How to Annotate a Poem || Circus by Margaret Stanley-Wrench

Hello! I've done another video in which I walk you through the annotation process. This time, I've annotated a poem with more structure, a rhyme scheme, and a completely different topic that requires a lot less in the way of personal life experience, and a bit more heart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6mNKdrM_ok Once again, the skills applied to … Continue reading How to Annotate a Poem || Circus by Margaret Stanley-Wrench

Animal Farm (The Play) – Dangers of a Naive Working Class

Hi All,One of the more significant themes of Animal Farm (both the novel and the play) is "The Dangers of a Naive Working Class". I've done up a mindmap elaborating on this, because it encompasses many of the significant details of the story as a whole. If you’d like this in a printable PDF format, … Continue reading Animal Farm (The Play) – Dangers of a Naive Working Class