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SearchCube October 16, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Just for fun!, Online Resources.
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A great search engine for all you visual learners…


Welcome back to term 4 October 16, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Just for fun!, Just pondering.
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It’s the end of week 1 of term 4 already… which means there are only four weeks left before exam leave…
Feels like its going to be over in the blink of an eye!

All the best for an enthusiastic, dedicated, motivated and exciting four weeks!

The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru September 5, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Reading Logs, Worth Reading, Year 12.
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“Fathered by an Englishman, Pran Nath Razdan, the boy who will become the Impressionist, was passed off by his Indian mother as the child of her husband, a wealthy man of high caste. Growing up spoiled in a life of luxury just down river from the Taj Mahal, at fifteen the news of Pran’s true parentage is revealed to his father and he is tossed out into the streeta pariah and an outcast. Thus begins an extraordinary, near-mythical journey of a young man who must reinvent himself to survivenot once, but many times.

Imprisoned by a brothel and dressed in women’s clothes, his sensuous beauty is exploited as he is made to become Rukhsana, a pawn in a game between colony and empire. To a depraved British Major he becomes Clive, an object of desire taught to be a model English schoolboy. Escaping to Bombay he begins a double life as Robert, dutiful foster child to a Scottish missionary couple and as Pretty Bobby, errand boy and sometime pimp to the tawdry women of the city’s most notorious district.

But as political unrest begins to stir, Pran finds himself in the company of a doomed young Englishmanan orphan named Jonathan Bridgeman. Having learned quickly that perception is a ready replacement for reality, Pran soon finds himself on a boat bound for Southampton where, with Bridgeman’s passport, he will begin again. First in London, then at Oxford, the Impressionist hones his chameleon-like skills, making himself whoever and whatever he needs to be to obtain what he desires.

From Victorian India to Edwardian London, from an expatriate community of black Americans in Paris to a hopeless expedition to study a lost tribe of Africa, Hari Kunzru’s unforgettable novel dazzles with its artistry and wit while it challenges with its insights into what it means to be Indian or English, black or white, and every degree that lies between them.”

Guardian Review

Emma’s Favourite Game! August 28, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Just for fun!, Year 13.
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The Maze Game!

Sonnet 130 My mistress’ eyes… August 27, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Poetry, Year 11.
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Second poem for the series…

Guide to the sonnet…

A commentry…

To His Coy Mistress August 26, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Poetry, Year 11.
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The Poem

Study Guide 1

Study Guide 2

Thunder Road Glogs August 26, 2008

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Have a look at Nigel’s Glog!

Mississippi Burning Review August 24, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Visual Texts, Year 13.

As we start reflecting on Alan Parker’s dramatic and controversial film, here is a link to an interesting review to begin with…

Cinepad Review

Film Reviews August 20, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Schindler, Visual Texts.
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Here are some links to helpful websites that focus on writing successful film reviews.

[Well done to those who handed in their SL review so promptly – great stuff!]

Writing a Film Review 1

Writing a Film Review 2

Writing a Film Review 3

The Amazing Lyre Bird of Australia August 20, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Just for fun!, Vids.
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Worth a look…