Articles by: Michele Malan

Mastering descriptive writing through READING

Mastering descriptive writing through READING

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Steven King Many writers believe that the art of writing is nearly impossible to teach. Of course, our goal as English teachers is to find the writer in each of our students, and equip them with the tools they[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 English, High School
The masterful perfection of The Help

The masterful perfection of The Help

The Grade 11’s love of literature continues on as we explore the beautiful portrait of a fragmenting world in Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help. Some critics claim it could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird – high praise indeed. As we get to grips with the historical setting of the novel, it is[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 English, High School
Silvermine Academy’s trio of historians!

Silvermine Academy’s trio of historians!

“All empires fall, eventually. It is the way of things” -Erin Morgenstern The Grade 10’s tackled their first lesson of  History with great gusto. Our focus for the next few lessons will be on the rise and fall of The Ming Dynasty – first established under Emperor Hongwu. The students are fascinated by the power the Emperor and the dynasty[Read More…]

by January 29, 2018 History
Exploring South African film beyond our expectations

Exploring South African film beyond our expectations

Film study is always a popular section of the curriculum among the students, for obvious reasons! However, selecting a film that will grab and maintain the Grade 10 students’ attention and cover all the bases of filmic analysis can be tricky. The South African film Beyond the River has been an easy choice to make. The film is beautifully shot,[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 English, High School
A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

Ah, the world of work! When you’re at school, it sounds so exciting and grown – up. The independence it offers must be worth it, right? When you’re actually in it… well, it becomes rather REAL! In order to get the Grade 10’s thinking about careers, working and jobs, they have been tasked with designing an advert in Life Orientation[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Skills transfer in the World of Work

Skills transfer in the World of Work

Did you know that Jose Mourinho worked as a translator at a soccer club? He began his career as a soccer player, but soon realised that he would not make it in professional football. He transferred the skills that he had learnt in soccer, such as perseverance, discipline and thinking quickly, as well as decision making, to doing a degree[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Investigating our past; creating our future…

Investigating our past; creating our future…

As part of the Independent Examinations Board’s expectations for our Grade 12 History students, an intensive investigation is performed during the year; with the focus placed on the student working entirely independently on this task, enabling them to experience the process a historian would in finding and evaluating sources effectively. The students were given the option of choosing their topic, which[Read More…]

by August 17, 2017 High School, History
The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The art of essay writing is a skill all English teachers strive to develop in their students. The Matric portfolio requirements include three 600-700 word essays, written in different genres. In preparation for this, the Grade 11 students will begin the process writing task of Argumentative essay writing. This genre of essay allows the students to evaluate their ethical beliefs[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 English, High School
Examining Social Justice in Life Orientation

Examining Social Justice in Life Orientation

‘Poverty is the worst form of violence.’ Mahatma Gandhi The Grade 10 students have been examining the many aspects of Social and Environmental Responsibility this term. In particular, we have discovered how POVERTY traps the individual, and offers no freedom for those experiencing it. Nelson Mandela believed that overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, but rather an ACT of[Read More…]

by May 25, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
The Purpose of POETRY in Grade 12

The Purpose of POETRY in Grade 12

Themes The IEB have designed a challenging set of tasks this year for our Common Assessment Task, or CAT. The focus is Poetry, and the wider role it plays in our lives. Our Silvermine matrics are required to select a theme and search for relevant and authentic poetry based on the theme in its broadest sense. Not a simple task[Read More…]

by May 8, 2017 English, High School