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Hello my lovelies.

I hope you have had a refreshing and relaxing holidays. Because this term is going to be full of essays, learning and a lot of good old work! Hooray!

It has been my pleasure/pain to mark Secition I of your half yearly exams. I have now completed all of your exam papers…
And I have a lot of things to say. So get ready for a blasting.

First of all….quotes. Most of you were okay. But all of you.. pay attention… put your eyes really close to the screen and let me cyber-yell at you.

USE QUOTATIONS FROM THE TEXT TO SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENT OR I MAY COME AT YOU WITH RAGE AND/OR DISPLEASURE!!!!!!!!!

I cannot stress this enough. Think of The Bridge. I know you had only just recieved my ‘mock up’ of The Bridge prior to sitting your exams. BUT THE BRIDGE IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR BOTH SECTION I AND SECTION III.

Okay, so let’s say, in Section I, you are asked a question about a poem and how it expresses a sense of belonging:

Using the Bridge model, you would first:

IDENTIFY: – So clearly give an example of a language feature found in the text (similie, onomatapoiea, metaphor, hyperbole, imagery etc etc).

EXPLAIN: – Then, you explain how the language feature explores a sense of belonging and what effect this has on the reader…

SUPPORT: – USE THE FLIPPING QUOTE FROM THE TEXT!!!!

RELATE: – If you have no done so already, relate it back to the question!!!

You can even mix up the order if you like!!

This same model should be used in just about every paragraph in an essay that you write. Hard work, I know! We’ll get there, though.

Now, because I am so displeased with the lack of full marks in this section, this coming Friday you will sit another test. You will be given different texts, but the same sorts of questions, because we really need to practise this part of the exam.

So, now that I’ve had a go at you all… I have seen the results for the rest of the exam.. and let me just say… I’m a little proud of you all :)

I’ll leave it there for now.. You have tasks to complete!!

Miss O

Cosi – and a task

Greetings Year 12.

Happy End of  Holidays! And here I am thinking of you all and getting ready for next term! It’s such fun!

So, our text for next term is the play: Cosi. For English: Module B – Close Study of Text. (A PLAY!! I’M SO EXCITED!!) I have started reading it already and it’s looking really cool! I think you guys may like it (surprise, surprise).

I have a few tasks for you before we start reading, though.

Task One: Look up the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes. Read it, or read about it.
Make a comment on this post about the story: i.e. What is it about? Who wrote it? (Do not copy and paste.. I will know, I’m quite good at the internet game)

Task Two: Look up the opera Cosi Fan Tutte. What is it about? Who wrote it? When was it written?

EDIT ON THE 3/5/11:
And Welcome toall you late comers! Here are some new questions for you lucky ducks! Answer as best you can before class this Thursday.

Task Three: What is the Moratorium for the Vietnam war?

Excellent! Respond ASAP!

More to come later.

Stay safe :)

Miss O.

Phillipa Finch

Don’t forget to check out how Phillipa Finch is going!!!
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/phillipafinch/
She would still make a great related text for Distictly Visual.

So.. I think I’ll chuck a poll up to see how many of you are actually in attendance here. I’ll set some tasks later that you’ll need to comment on!

Exams!

Well done to all those who made it to the exam… I did want to throttle some of you who turned up late though…

NEVER BE LATE TO AN EXAM AGAIN!!!

I’m about to start marking Section I of the papers across the entire year. It’s going to be a big process!

Best of luck with all your other exams. Once they are out of the way you can devote your thoughts to English again. Won’t that be lovely?

Miss O.

P.S You should have saved this blog to your favourites by now. Do it now if you have not!!

P.P.S. I’ll be updating and posting heaps of ideas and little things all through the holidays, so keep checking up on the site!!

P.P.P.S. Does anyone like the heading? Gee Aitch Ess? Any ideas on what that is!?!

Welcome.

Dear Year 12.

If you have, in fact, bothered to check this… well done.

But seriously, all you need to do right now is study. Practise those questions I gave you.

Study.

Study.

Miss O.

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