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

Don’t Know, Don’t Care – Conflict & Resolution

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

Absence by Geraldine Song – Annotations

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

Don’t Know, Don’t Care by Haresh Sharma – 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

Perfecting Pratas by Desmond Sim – 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

Analysing a Literature Text for Better Understanding

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