Current media is awash with all that’s Gatsby-related. We’ve studied the novel with Form V this year. It’s a novel that, although short, is packed with elusive insights (something that Luhrman’s film, although admirable, completely fails to capture).
The thirty year anniversary of Plath’s death has been marked by the release of a number of essays, books and even a short film. Yesterday we read Elm in class. The language and the intensity of the poem are unforgettable. This twenty-three minute film is worth watching if Plath’s poetry interests you. Lady Lazarus Film
This bla bla meter is a brilliant tool. I look forward to using it in class. The plan is to get students to copy and paste in chunks of text (their own, Austen’s, Shakespeare’s…) and see how they fair. Then we’ll try and figure out how the system works. Watch this space at the end of the week for a report on how it goes. Reflective practice, tick!
This (below) was once a big blank page. Better before or after?
This image has repeatedly elicited brilliant writing from students. Suggested instructions for an in-class writing exercise go like this: ‘Write either in the first person or the third person omniscient. Your character is the child in one of the windows. Look closely.’
We’re studying Brian Friel’s Translations with form V at the moment. The play’s action takes place over three days in 1833 at a hedge school in Baile Beag, a small town in Donegal. The British army have arrived to remap … Continue reading →