Tag Archives: Representing People and Landscapes

90 second thesis

4 Aug

I am on a mission to find creative ways of helping my students to develop requisite skills and revise knowledge.  It is now halfway through the year and I think it is time to up my game in terms of the learning activities that I offer my students.

One activity that I am keen to try is a game entitled ’90 second thesis’.  Here, students listen to 90s music while moving around the room.  When the music stops, students grab a pen, pad of paper and partner and work together to write a thesis statement that responds to an essay question.  In keeping with the 90s theme, students have only 90 seconds to write their thesis statements.  After the 90 seconds have expired, students share their thesis statements with the class.

I think this activity would be valuable as it would help build students’ confidence regarding (a) the composition of thesis statements and (b) to compose said thesis statements quickly, as would be required under exam conditions.

‘Representing People and Landscapes’ Related Texts

3 Jul

English Advanced students studying Module C are required to find a selection of related texts to complement their set text.  For students studying the elective entitled ‘Representing People and Landscapes’, the idea is to select related texts that help illuminate relationships between people and real and/or imagined landscapes.  Below is a list of possible related texts that may be suitable for students studying this elective.

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (film)
  • ‘Where is Home?’ by Pico Iyer (ted talk)
  • ‘And of Clay We Are Created’ by Isabel Allende (short story)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (novel)
  • Belonging by Jeannie Baker (picture book)
  • The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan (picture book)
  • Mirror by Jeannie Baker (picture book)
  • Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker (picture book)
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (novel)
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (novel)
  • ‘Prairie Spring’ by Willa Cather (poem)
  • ‘The Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • ‘Dear Future Generations: Sorry’ by Prince Ea (poem)
  • ‘My Story Is Your Story’ by Alice Eather (poem)
  • The Disappearing (interactive)