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Narrative Writing

Narratives can be written or spoken. Alternatively, they can also be presented visually through art, theatre, or audiovisual media such as film, television, sound and music. There are three elements to every story: setting, character, and plot. The following list includes some types of stories the kids can listen to and tell themselves.     Stories from … Continue reading "Narrative Writing" ...

Romantic Poetry

The romantic poetic movement occurring in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, opposing the mannered formalist ethos of the Enlightenment era and the disciplined scientific inquiry that preceded it. William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Blake, and Lord Byron were English poets who wrote poetry that expressed emotion and … Continue reading "Romantic Poetry" ...

How to Write an Interpretive Text?

One of the most common questions I am asked is to explain the process of writing an interpretive text. An interpretive text is sometimes a requirement of the Composing section of the exam along with Persuasive and Narrative writing.  What are Interpretive texts? Texts whose primary purpose is to explain and interpret personalities, events, ideas, … Continue reading "How to Write an Interpretive Text?" ...

What to do after you get your English ATAR exams results?

It’s the moment every Year 11 and Year 12 fears. Receiving their results for their English ATAR exam. Maybe you did surprisingly well and you think it’s time to kick back and do nothing for the rest of the year. Or perhaps you didn’t get the marks you thought you would and you are ready … Continue reading "What to do after you get your English ATAR exams results?" ...

How to Help Your Primary School Student Write a Narrative

Most of the parents who reach out to me are often exasperated by the daunting task of helping their child through the English homework as they progress from primary school to high school.  Writing narratives can often be one of the pain points that leads to parental-child conflict and arguments over the dinner table.  Narratives … Continue reading "How to Help Your Primary School Student Write a Narrative" ...

Top 100 Books for Children

1.  The Little Prince Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery  Description The Little Prince is a classic tale of equal appeal to children and adults. On one level it is the story of an airman’s discovery, in the desert, of a small boy from another planet – the Little Prince of the title – and his stories … Continue reading "Top 100 Books for Children" ...

How To Do The Composing Section of The English Exam: Narrative

Narrative writing is something that many of my students find particularly difficult because they believe that they do not have a creative person in their body.  However, creativity is something that doesn’t occur naturally but something that we craft and perfect over time. You will find that some of the best writers in the world … Continue reading "How To Do The Composing Section of The English Exam: Narrative" ...

How To Do The Composing Section of The English Exam: Persuasive

When it comes to the last section of your ATAR English exam, there can be some confusion as to what you are actually required to do. This section of the exam is testing your ability to receive a prompt and respond to that prompt in a creative way.  There are many options of creative texts … Continue reading "How To Do The Composing Section of The English Exam: Persuasive" ...

Why English is so Important for Stem Learners

When it comes to modern schooling there is a large emphasis placed on STEM subjects. These include science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, as a result of this emphasis, there is a lack of attention to one of the most important subjects that students can study at school – English. English is one of the … Continue reading "Why English is so Important for Stem Learners" ...

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