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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
Good Company In The Sun

Good Company In The Sun

The grade 8’s have settled in soundly and enjoyed making new friendships over the last two weeks at Silvermine Academy. Group work is a fundamental component to learning, and during this exercise the grade 8’s were expected to work together to accomplish a daunting work load. Each learner invited the responsibility of their role and performed brilliantly when reporting back to[Read More…]

by February 1, 2018 English, High School
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
Acting on Instinct

Acting on Instinct

This week the Grade 9’s were given a task which required them to think on the spot. They were given a short script and some expert advice from “The Skit Guys” See Here . They were then expected to present a production with a slight twist by the end of the lesson. The results were brilliant and the lesson was filled with[Read More…]

by August 14, 2017 English, High School
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
Even Einstein had to Study!

Even Einstein had to Study!

The Grade 8s have made a good effort to be prepared for their first high school exams. It has been a rapid term crammed full with new concepts and loads of work. The Grade 8s have settled into study time before each each exam with focus and fortitude. Best wishes Grade 8s!

by June 18, 2017 English, High School
English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

    When Isabel, from Portugal,  joined Silvermine at the start of the year, she could not speak a word of English. Since then, Isabel has worked extremely hard to improve on her vocabulary and will be taking part in this Terms June examinations. It has been extremely beneficial for the Grade 9’s to witness such progression and determination from[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 English, High School
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
Facing harsh truths in The Beneficiaries by Sarah Penny

Facing harsh truths in The Beneficiaries by Sarah Penny

Much is demanded from this Grade 11 group with the selection of The Beneficiaries as the set work for their 2017 year. The novel focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the debates surrounding the effectiveness and success of the TRC hearings. As we make our way through the novel and (very helpful!!) study guide, the realities of the[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 English, High School