Every year I send my senior class away over the Christmas holidays and tell them to begin revising their Single Text for the Leaving Certificate exam. Instead of just sending them off into the great unknown, I try to give them a digital resource they can use over the long break as a guide. This year we studied Macbeth so I've created this revision Padlet and I was wondering if other teachers would like to contribute? I've placed a number of videos on the Padlet page already. The learning activities can be based entirely on the videos or just used as a cue to start a revision activity on that topic. I've used SkyDrive to attach the files but Google Docs could also be easily used. I'd like to cast as wide as net as possible so if any teachers in the UK would also like to get involved that would be great. I've created two activities already but multiple activities could easily be left for the same video/image. Thanks in advance!
(Double click anywhere on the Padlet wall to bring up the insert box. If you are using a tablet you can edit using the window below. If you are using a Mac or PC click here to see an enlarged window for easier editing)
Friday, 6 December 2013
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Ms.Kelly’s second year English class have recently been working on unseen poetry. The students worked together to create engaging presentations for their peers on different poems. Students annotated the poems using the STTIFF method. (Subject matter, Theme, Tone, Imagery, Form and Feeling). Over the coming weeks we will be sharing their fantastic work. The first in this short series comes from a group of boys (David, Peter, Tomas and Lorcan) and their take on Edith Pickthall's Evacuee. We hope you enjoy!
Monday, 2 December 2013
|5th Year pupil Rebekah Scully, from Ms Carey's class, certainly had something to say about the poetry of Robert Frost. She shares her thoughts on Robert Frost as 'A 'Poet of Sadness' below.|
Over the coming months I will be posting a series of 'ThingLink' resources on texts that are on the Leaving and Junior Certificate English courses. ThingLink is a fantastic web based, also on iPad, program that allows the creator to attach online documents, pictures, sounds, links or videos to an image or collection of images. In the first in the series I have put together some images on Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. I used Wikimedia Commons to find the images, then Pic Collage to piece them together before finally adding the content with ThingLink. If you create a ThingLink account I will create the resources in such a way, that anybody can add to or edit them. I hope to, for example, upload my own notes/activities to SkyDrive and then attach them to the ThingLink resource. Try and guess why the images are relevant to the text in class/at home before clicking on the content!
Friday, 29 November 2013
Ms. R Kelly's second year English class have been looking at the graphic imagery created by Wilfred Owen, in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est. Pic Collage is a very useful app. It is free to download and can be used for a variety of subjects. Take a look at some of these creations:
Posted below is a descriptive writing response written by a 5th year pupil from Newbridge College. The pupils were asked to write a piece in the descriptive style of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The piece was completed before we read any of chapter 4. We have been closely following Fitzgerald's nuanced descriptions so far in novel. Pupils were given some prompts before they began but the rest was up to them.
“''Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he’s a gambler.” Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: “
- Gatsby will soon enter a bar
- He will meet a colleague
- The new character is trying to impress Nick
- There's a short time while Gatsby is away
- Gatsby returns to the table
We sidled up next to the curb to come to a gradual stop. I was momentarily exposed to the lazy mid-day heat that smothered the city as Gatsby escorted me the short distance from his car to the unremarkable, heavy set restaurant which blended seamlessly with the much higher building of which it served as a cornerstone. I escaped the background din of the incessant city as I plunged into a much cooler interior. Gatsby took a moment to call to the bartender and half the bar before leading on down two low steps towards the semi-private back. There, the murky outline of a man brooded, his dark suit blending quite well with the dark ambiance of the place. As we neared courtesy demanded that he rise, and so he reassuringly did, standing as if it were a chore to be hauling such excellence and importance up this early in day. His ambitious waistcoat strained and struggled with the paunch it tried to conceal. His shady persona was reinforced when he made to pull my hand off as he shook it, and he languidly explained that he was Mr. Britchens , an old friend and inspirational figure to, "our man", Gatsby. Gatsby himself let the comment be, and made some airy, vague excuse about seeing to getting us some drinks as he drifted away. I awkwardly took a seat as I attempted to fathom Mr. Britchens apparent ignorance in simple manners. He was staring right at me. "So what do you do?" He demanded, after an uncomfortable amount of time. "I'm in bonds". He gave a knowing, condescending smile, reminding me how many other young men were flogging the same dead horse. At that moment his eyes flickered over my shoulder, and I turned to see Gatsby coming to my salvation, three sparkling concoctions in his hands.