English

Would Shakespeare RAP?

Would Shakespeare RAP?

How do I compare thee to hip hop? Let’s face it: Shakespeare had a way with words. In fact, he invented a few. And for his time he was a phenomenon. The fact that we study his sonnets and plays hundreds of years after they were written is a testimony to his talent. BUT, how do you get 16- year-[Read More…]

by August 8, 2018 English, High School
Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

This week the Grade 9’s were tasked with putting together a retrospective exhibition of any South African artist before 1990. They had to put together a number of pamphlets to pass around the class while also presenting a brief history of the artist and provide information on a few of the artists’ artwork. The results were spectacular and the class[Read More…]

by August 3, 2018 English, High School, Visual Art
Lets get “Cultured”

Lets get “Cultured”

The Grade 8’s were tasked to imagine themselves as explorers researching the African landscape for the very first time. Upon return they needed to present their findings about a particular tribe or community that they encountered. What better way to learn and experience such diverse cultures? Their presentations were outstanding and I was blown away by their enthusiasm and thorough[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 English, High School
Punctuation creates meaning!!!??

Punctuation creates meaning!!!??

Ask any English teacher marking her sixtieth essay just how VITAL the correct use of punctuation is. Not only do these seemingly insignificant little symbols provide clarity to writing, they are also responsible for interpretation of meaning. The Grade 11’s recently worked on some sentences which were entirely devoid of any punctuation. Let’s just say they found interpreting any meaning[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 English, High School, Uncategorized
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