Exam Practice ~ Reflection
During the period of this week, not only have I become more confident with writing ‘unseen’ papers. But also I have learnt to manage my time more efficiently and also learnt the benefits of planning. Previously I may have skipped planning simply because the time pressures have led me to immediately [...]
The Great Gatsby – again (Easter break)
Whilst reading The Great Gatsby again, not only did I grasp a sturdier understanding of the major characters and themes. I also dug deeper into the major events and miscellaneous actions that may have been missed during the previous readings of The Great Gatsby.
The Weather and The [...]
DEAR – Response to “the CATCHER in the RYE” – by J. D. Salinger
“The CATCHER in the RYE” is another one of those classics your English teacher will make you read every now and again. Like those other English classics the themes and actions within “the CATCHER in the RHE” also leave you a [...]
Response to “Death of a Salesman”: A Symposium
The first aspect of this essay, “Death of a Salesman”: A Symposium, that impacted me, was due to the fact of how this essay was constructed. For, unlike most conventional essays, this one was structured in the style of a conversation, which overall not only let [...]
Thoughts on The Mocks
The most important thing I learnt during the February mock exams, was ultimately, the fact that unlike normal classes, during a exam the time flies and before you realize its time to stop working and put down your pens. Therefore I think that the most important thing I actually learned [...]
Dear Mr. Person, Jr.
I am writing this letter to highlight and discuss some ideas that you expressed in your essay “Herstory”.
First I want to say that this essay was unique. Not only did you take the issue from the opposite side that most people write from, but also your arguments in your essay [...]
Response to The Great Gatsby
When starting this book, I had the straight up opinion that this would just be another tedious and boring book I had to read, as other students who had previously read this book suggested. But never less, these expectations were soon destroyed as I found that this book not only [...]
Dear Post – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, By Stephen Chbosky
“The perks of being a wallflower” is a recollection of a boys experience in high school. It is written in letterform and offers a rare and quite personal insight into the life of a wallflower, or in other words, somebody that’s is unnoticed [...]
Response to “A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?”
The essay “A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?” was written by William Deresiewicz, and was published in April 7, 2012. It talks about whether or not a relationship between two people of the opposite sex can ever be not sexual, and just be built on platonic love. [...]
In class this week we have been doing a peer assessment activity. In this activity we have all been given somebodies argumentative writing piece and have been given a set of instructions of how we are to edit and assess the draft that was assigned to us. Although this topic might at first [...]
Is competition good?
There are some people in this world who believe competition is degrading and everybody should be seen as equal. Although the benefits of this are noted, without competition some of the humankind’s greatest achievements would have ceased to exist.
My first reason for why competition is good a thing, is because [...]
Youth Gone By – David.Connah
I stood there, inspecting the remains of my youth in the mirror. What had been once a presentation of strength and endurance had now left me, and in its place old age had taken over. Grey, thin as paper, hair now covered patches of my head and my once thick [...]
Generally yesterdays practice exam was horrible. I felt totally unprepared for it and I think I didn’t use my time efficiently, as I think I didn’t write enough ideas down. One of the most important things I learned from yesterday’s exam is to continuously reread the exam question every time you are looking for a [...]
The Boat – CW2
by David, (29 posts) on August 22nd, 2012
I stood, inspecting the fibreglass body of the monster. The thought of living in such a thing rang warning sirens to my head. These warnings only grew in intensity and ferocity as I slowly made my unsettling journey towards the Vessel. Each step [...]
School Uniforms Are A Good Idea (first Draft) – David.Connah
Up until about year 8, kids repulsively reject any claims that school uniforms are a blessing in disguise. This is so up in till about senior high school; were the benefits of this regularity sanctioned by the school, help make our lives a great deal [...]
“Adults lie constantly to kids. I’m not saying we should stop, but I think we should at least examine which lies we tell and why.”
For starters, the Essay – Lies we tell kids – I believe is an analytical marvel. Not only does it talk about the reasons that we lie but [...]
I don’t know if it’s just me, but while reading ‘Death Of A Salesman’ for the second time, it seemed like it was a great deal shorter than previously. I don’t know whether the cause is, because of the different book or because I have a fair idea of what’s going to happen next. Other [...]
November 7th 1810
Dear Mr. Whitman,
This is William writing. You may not remember, but we have met before at the 1806 poetry convention in Paris, four years ago. I was the man who asked you whether or not you had ever thought about converting to another form of creative expression.
Despite this, [...]
This term, we have started a new unit called romanticism. Although I didn’t know much about romanticism until now, it seemed fairly interesting, as for this unit we were be split up into groups of two and assigned two or more famous or influential people, who had connections towards romanticism.
As a result of this [...]
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey is a stirring, and quite controversial book that elaborates whether or not somebody can actually be labeled crazy. As unconventional as it is already, it speculates more as the writer decided that the story would be told [...]
First impressions of Zhang LiJia
Earlier this week as part of book month, a professional writer visited the school. Her name was Zhang Lijia, the author of the Memoir ‘Socialism Is Great”, a book that was built around her youth. Despite the excitement of the news that a real author was coming to the school, [...]
The Merchant Of Venice, By Shakespeare
Set in middle age Spain, Venice. This story defines the complex relationship between Jews and christens as the differences between the Law and Justice are revealed. Albeit this play is supposed to be a Shakespearean comedy, the stereotypes shown towards the Jews are truly tragically, as it ends with [...]
What I Think ~ Down The Mine by George Orwell
Down the Mine by George Orwell is an interesting piece of literature given that it focuses on a ‘trade’, that to the normal population has nearly been forgotten. Although our lives generally run on coal to sustain its normality, the idea of men shovelling coal [...]
Goldilocks Smith, 28. Of The Big Woods, died yesterday of unknown causes. On the 30th Feb.
Goldilocks was born to the Smith family in late June 28th 1984 and attended the “Big Tree elementary school” until the age of 9. Following this she then attended over 10 other schools and her family never really [...]
20 February 2012
Police Commissioner Police Station 164 Law and Order Way London, England 101 Dear Commissioner:
On December 2nd my house was broken into, at approximately 2 o’clock. While nothing seemed to be missing some household objects had been moved or used.
After ringing the police they arrived on the following day and removed [...]
Yet again the world is in danger, and only one man can stop it….
Following the exciting trilogy of Scarecrow, this is the newest and definably the most exciting so far. As well as the normal “Good kill Bad” story line, yet again there is always an unexpected twist that leaves everyone gasping. Albeit the [...]
The Worst Story Ever!
Why would anyone want to watch a movie about a man who kills himself?
For starter the movie title doesn’t even let there be a chance of a happy ending as it reads, Death Of a Salesman. Although the main character, Willy, goes from wanting to kill himself because his son [...]
The “Good Life”… Tanned, Rich, and Skinny.
For some this is the “Good Life” as the description above is what most people would say when confronted this question. Although this is a great response, many would argue that this is incorrect and the good life is: spiritual awareness, financially stability, and spending time with family.
Death Of A Salesman
This dream/realistic setting of “death of a salesman” instantly introduces us to the main character and some of the traits to his personality, as it lets the audience experience the main character in two extremely different ways. Although we haven’t seen how the story develops we can pretty much tell that [...]
TEMPLE, Matthew Reilly
This hard-core adventure takes place in a isolated rainforest, far away from civilisation and the safety of home. As This modern day treasure hunt goes from ‘bad to worst’ when several different military groups all show up to collect the “Idol”, each to be manipulated for their own needs, and blood is [...]
Set in olden age England, this story of a transformation though the classes has its twits and turns as the relationship between man and women is questioned and queried, along with the idea that ‘money doesn’t buy you happiness’.
In this story there are many examples of different types of ‘language’ [...]
Although the November exams seem like a cunning and crafty way of testing us of, what we might not have learnt in the first term. These exams might actually be working in our favor, as key examination skills and format is being given to us in the form of a ‘mock’ exam. Although the word [...]
“a Note from David”
yes, another book about the Hunger Games.
sorry but when i start to read a series i cant stop! So lets start again.
“(The Hunger Games) Catching Fire” . By Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is a book set in a ‘dystopia’ future, where the world has nearly wiped itself [...]
Hive . By Mark Walden
Higher Institute of Villainess Education
Everybody has herd of the good guys side of the story, but now its the villains turn. HIVE is a school made just to educate the villains of tomorrow. In this school, they don’t just tell you how to win and get away free, but [...]
“The Hunger Games” . By Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place known as North America lies a new nation, Panem. What once was a proud nation has turned into a harsh and cruel society with the Captiol in control over the other twelve districts.
Additionally The Captiol is an unforgiving [...]
Imagery – “The City Planners”.
In the poem, “The City Planners” by Margaret Atwood, there are many examples of “imagery phrases” that are used to create a clean or artificial world. “Houses in pedantic rows” and “sanitary trees” are two examples of how she uses an everyday object, such as a tree, and makes it [...]
That Ice cream is better than chocolate,
Ice cream is better than chocolate, there are many reasons for this statement to be true, but for an instance. Imagine the hot sun glaring down on you, your far from home, you have been shopping for hours and your feet are sore. A simple bite of a [...]
“Poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things.”
This idea can be confirmed by almost ever type of poem, as this is the main function of poetry, to make the reader experience a common topic in a new way or approach. For this is the epic struggle [...]
This complex but interesting poem is a great representation of the feelings that you experience on a birthday or on a wedding. For instance the use of poetic conventions such as symbolism and imagery helps express the complex but genuine feelings that can be unique to that individual on a special day.
Although this [...]
“What does it mean!!!!!”
That is exactly what I have learnt in poetry this week, to ask the right questions. For example when your teacher gives you a piece of poetry you should never read it, and then say you know what the poem means.
No, you should listen to how it sounds, and [...]
As a Reader
A book for me is an adventure. Something that can take you away from your everyday lives and lets you experience something different, strange or just plain funny. That’s what I believe a book is, Experience, passed to one another though a tale, poem or story. It doesn’t matter what type of [...]