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Friday, July 27, 2007

Year 6 Lit Essay

Qn: Discuss the ways in which Swift registers his disapproval of war and the barbarism it lets loose in Book 4 of Gulliver's voyage.

The usual stuff applies....

DEADLINE: 2 Aug Thur during lesson time

*Ameer, u can submit yours when you return....


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Year 3 Lit Video Assignment

-Choose any scene (or part thereof) except Act One of Macbeth
-video length abt 5 min
-group size: max 5; min 4
1) CD (label names)
2) contribution list outlining who did what (e.g. actor, scriptwriter, camera man, props contributor, etc...)

If you change your mind over the scene you're acting, let me know to avoid duplication!

DEADLINE: 7 Aug 2007 (Tue during lesson)


Year 3 Lit Empathic Essay

Qn: Imagine you are Macbeth. Your wife has just managed to persuade you to kill Duncan at the end of Act One. Write your thoughts.
To do this well, you really got to psyche yourself and put yourself into the shoes of Macbeth and THINK as he thinks. Macbeth is a thinking man! remmeber all those soliloquies of his? You should have a fairly good grasp of the kind of person Macbeth is now based on what you have read in Act One. You may use materials that are in Act One.

The usual stuff well as:
-do on foolscap
-reflect name/class/qn
-about 400 words

DEADLINE: 31 Jul 2007 Tue (during lesson)


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Year 5 Lit Poetry

The poems to be studied under Part 4 of your assessment (Individual Oral Presentation) can be located at the following link:
The link can also be found on the left-hand panel under 'Shadow Manual'.
One set will be printed for you for use in class; in the event if you misplace your copy, you can access the poems here....

Monday, July 23, 2007

Year 3 & 5 Lit File Submission

Note the following for lit file submission:
-must contain EVERYTHING issued to you since beginning of year
-have a separate divider for each different text
-content page duly filled up and appearing right on top of other stuff
The condition of your filing will go towards the computation of your EFFORT Grade for the next half of term 3.

DEADLINE: 20 Aug 2007 (Mon)


Friday, July 20, 2007

Year 5&6 Lit Quiz

To wrap up the text next week, there will be an impromptu quiz on Gulliver's Travels any time next week....


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Year 6 Lit sample para

Can u see the satirical effect?
In Book One, Swift registers his hatred of war via the war between Lilliput and Blefuscu. In the story, Lilliput wages war on Blefuscu as the two cannot agree on which end of the egg to break when eating it. By deliberately trivializing the reason over which the two countries go to war, Swift is trying to show us the foolishness and absurdity of war. This is especially so when we take into account the disproportionately high casualty rate of ‘thirty thousand of our best seamen and soldiers’. The fact that the Lilliputians readily sacrifice so many people to wage a ‘bloody war’ for ‘six and thirty moons’ over such a trivial cause is truly incredulous, even laughable. Swift’s attitude towards war could not be clearer.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Year 5 Lit Conferencing Schedule Sign-up

I've placed the conferencing schedule outside on my door for you to sign up.
1) Ensure you know what time is the appt and be punctual! If you are absent or can’t make it in the last minute, get someone to inform me in advance!
2) A copy of your draft must reach me at least two days before the scheduled appt.
3) Come for the appt with:
a) a copy of your draft (other than the one you gave me earlier)
b) the pre-conferencing checklist issued earlier (properly filled up)
c) any specific comments or questions you have
4) Realise that I can only see you ONCE regarding your draft. So make sure you have gone through a few revisions of your drafts before your appt to see me. Prior to seeing me, go consult Mr Toyne or any teachers on your drafts first.
Deadline for final draft submission: 14 Sep 2007 (Fri)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Year 3 Lit Essay

Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5 pg 67 to 75, line 15 to 74.
Paying close attention to the detail of the passage, show how Shakespeare establishes the character of Lady Macbeth and her relationship with her husband.

Apply the structure I outlined in class....about 400 words.

DEADLINE: Next Monday 16 Jul 2007 by 5 pm. (In view of Celefest, I've decided to defer the deadline to next Mon)


Monday, July 09, 2007

Year 6 Lit

Based on today and coming Wed's class feedback on the jun hols Gulliver's essay, write a paragraph on any of the three books (1 to 3) in response to the same qn.
Just want some assurance that you know what the qn is actually asking for and that you know how to gear your response to address the qn directly and explicitly with regard to the workings of a satire. This will count towards your achievement grade, so make it a point to submit -- punctually!
The usual stuff applies......
DEADLINE: This Friday: 13 Jul 2007

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Year 5 Lit

Do check out this link for an excellent discussion on Swift's writing techniques and the background behind the writing of Gulliver's Travels. It's a very LONG lecture transcript, so scroll all the way down to the part with the heading "Gulliver's Travels" and read on from there....
Check out the SparksNotes links on "Gulliver's Travels" in my blog shrine's quite 'enlightening'....

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Year 5 World Lit Assignment 1 Deadline

Further to the above, the official deadline is 14 Sep 2007 (Fri). You need to see me about your draft for the official conferencing (which will be rostered in class) before you submit your final essay.