Hello! I have made a video in which I annotate a poem, and walk you through it whilst I do so. I've done this because every time I ask a student to annotate a poem, all I get are very literal and superficial scribblings with no use of literary devices, and no further analysis or … Continue reading How to Annotate a Poem || Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy
Conflict is one of the most commonly used literary devices by authors and playwrights. When writing narrative compositions in Primary and Secondary school English classes, we're constantly reminded to have an exciting plot twist, or conflict, so that it would be more interesting to read. When used in literary pieces, Conflict is defined as follows: … Continue reading Don’t Know, Don’t Care – Conflict & Resolution
Hello, all!Here’s the third of three sets of annotations from the literature text “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed”. As these are scanned directly from the texts, I will make them free for everyone to download and use. I make absolutely no claims to the play, and all its components. Yes, the annotations are mine, … Continue reading Absence by Geraldine Song – Annotations
Hello, all!Here's the second of three sets of annotations from the literature text "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed". As these are scanned directly from the texts, I will make them free for everyone to download and use. I make absolutely no claims to the play, and all its components. Yes, the annotations are mine, … Continue reading Don’t Know, Don’t Care by Haresh Sharma – Annotations
Hello! How has everyone been coping with the Circuit Breaker? Boredom aside, I hope everyone is, at least, fighting fit. The Circuit Breaker has made teaching very difficult for both teachers and tutors alike, and I've been impacted as well. In light of the time needed to prepare and conduct my online classes, I no … Continue reading Perfecting Pratas by Desmond Sim – Annotations
Hi everyone, The whole world is in some disarray right now, because of Covid-19. Many of you will be feeling some measure of anxiety and unease in the back of your minds, wondering about the future, if there will be one to begin with. A few days ago, I had the same thoughts too. It's … Continue reading Encouragement
Hello everyone! The school holidays have ended, and much to the chagrin of many of you, the government has decided that you shall all continue with your regular school hours sans CCA. Let's look on the bright side: things are very much under control here, and you don't have to live in fear of the … Continue reading Analysing a Literature Text for Better Understanding
Source Understanding why we need to study mathematics, science, and even history barely motivates students to put in the effort. What more a subject you don't see the purpose of? "Why must I study literature?""Isn't literature like English? So why must I study it twice?""Study literature for what? I'm not going to teach literature or … Continue reading Why Literature? Understanding the Subject and it’s Value
Annotating a poem, play, or a piece of a prose is not just about finding out what the basic meaning/message is. Rather, there is a lot more to discovered when you read between the lines. But what does it mean to read between the lines?
One of the keys to effective communication is to communicate in an easy to absorb flow. This is why we use the PEEL format. Whilst it is not the only way to effectively communicate a stand, it's an easy-to-adopt structure to use until you have gotten a hang of persuasion.