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Cover lesson Tuesday 7 June 2011
Watch this cartoon:

Watch it in this window. Do not click through to YouTube.

It is an unusual piece of animation.

Write a review of the animation, explaining what you think it is about. Why the person made it, how it works, who it is for and whether you find it good to watch. Would you recommend it to anyone? Type your review and save it as a Word document on "My Documents." Then copy what you have typed, go to this site: aklgg.wikispaces.org, click edit at the top right, put the cursor at the bottom and click paste. Then click save and check your work is on the page. If it didn't work save it again. There are instructions on the page. You will then be able to read other boys' work if you refresh.

English Prep 18 May 2011.
Learn this poem (below). It is very old and very famous, and was written by someone who was at my College at Oxford. (Same College as Mr Selby!) It has rather old fashioned language, as it was written a long while ago, but it has a beautiful words. John Donne is known as a metaphysical poet.

For Whom The Bell Tolls

John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

English Prep 6 May 2011
Here are the sheets that were on the front desk.

Work through these sheets following the instructions. A suffix is a group of letter that goes at the end of the word, to change its form and meaning. For example ly can be added to quick to make quickly changing the word from an adjective to an adverb.

The anagram maker can be found here:
A Pantheist Sirloin Pop

English Prep Wednesday 16 March 2011
Learn spelling lists 9 and 10 for test tomorrow.

English Cover Monday 7 March 2011
If you have finished your story for the Coletine, then write a review of Rabbit Proof Fence.
Guidance is below. Finish it for Prep on Wednesday.
Write the title of the movie
Paragraph 1
Include the following: name of the film, prominent stars of the film, basic setting (time and place), and type of film (comedy, adventure, drama, etc.)
Paragraph 2
Write a plot summary for the movie. Do not reveal the ending. Discuss at least 3 events cover the entire length of the movie, except the very end.
Paragraph 3
Discuss one aspect of filmmaking. You may choose from acting, location, photography, background music, or anything else you may think of. Be sure that you are specific and give examples from the movie.
Paragraph 4
Give your reaction to the film as well as your opinion on the quality of the film, also recommend who might like the film.

Rabbit Proof Fence Support document.

English Prep Friday 4 March 2011
Make a list of 4 hardships (things which cause suffering) which Arthur Hobhouse experienced, and a list of 4 hardships Molly experienced.

What affect do you think these hardships had on both Arthur and Molly? For example you might say that Molly's separation from her mother made her a more determined person, because she had to be determined to take herself and the other two girls home. ]

How much do you need to write? Perhaps two lists of hardships and two paragraphs, one for Arthur and one for Molly.

If it is not clear send me an email.

English Prep 3 March 2011
You have been watching Rabbit Proof Fence.

I want you to consider what you would be thinking about if you were lost in this desert in this situation. Make a list of the things that you would be thinking about. How would you be acting, how would you be keeping safe, what would you be eating, what would you be drinking, where would you be heading, what would you be watching out for.

This can be a bullet list, but you need to think hard and use clues from the film to help you.

If you have a problem send me an email I will be available after 5.45pm. Dr Lee

You might also want to see the ex Prime Minister of Australia saying sorry to what we call the 'Stolen Generation.' Sorry it's so small, but the sound is more interesting than the pictures.

English Prep 2 February

1. Type your onomatopoeia poem into a word processor, and then copy and paste into aklgg.wikispace.com (10)
There was a problem with this page, but it is now fixed. Thanks Kit.

2. Read page 43 in FOL book.(5)

3. Read page 48 and make a plan for a story using the instructions. (15)

Read to page 122 in Alone on a Wide Wide Sea.

David this is a trailer for a Steampunk movie.

English Prep 28 January

Write a sound poem using (mainly) onomatopoeic words. Use the sounds and rhythm to make it interesting, entertaining and funny.

Here's one I prepared (rather quickly) earlier.

Yours might be a little longer than this.

Riggle, diggle, bibble, bob
Taggle, wiggle, waggle, gob
Bibble, nibble, dribble, dub
Gobble, gabble, giggle, blob

Hurtle, gurgle, rabble, glub
Dribble, bobble, gaggle, flab
Dingle, bingle, boggle, blob
Winkle, dinkle, dongle, blab.

English Prep 15 November 2010

The North Wind sighed:
And in a trice
What was water
Now is ice.

What sweet rippling
Water was
Now betwitched is
Into glass:

White and brittle
Where is seen
Ther presoned milfoil's
Tender green;

Clear and ringing
With sun aglow,
Where the boys sliding
And skating go.

Now furred's each stick
And stalk and blade
With crystals out of
Dewdrops made.

Works and ants,
Flies, snails and bees
Keep close house guard,
Lest they freeze;

O, with how sad
And solemn eye
Each fish stares up
Into the sky

In dread lest his
Wide watery home
At night shall solid
Ice become.

Walter de la Mere

1. To what extent do the the worms, ants, flies and bees 'keep close house guard?' What does this mean?
2. There is no second question ... yet.

English exercises: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy.html#syn

2F English Prep 10 November 2010
Learn the poem

Look Out!
The witches mumble horrid chants,
You're scolded by five thousand aunts,
A Martian pulls a fearsome face
And hurls you into Outer Space,
You're tied in front of whistling trains,
A tomahawk has sliced your brains,
The tigers snarl, the giants roar,
You're sat on by a dinosaur.
In vain you're shoulting 'Help' and 'Stop,'
The walls are spinning like a top,
The earth is melting in the sun
And all the horror's just begun.
And, oh, the screams, the thumping hearts -
That awful night before school starts.
Max Fatchen

2F English Prep 1 October 2010

Learn Spelling List 3

2F English Prep

Here are the photographs I said I would put up for you to help with your prep. Good luck.

Your prep is to write out what you think all these things might signify as we carry on with finding out about what happened to Isaac Wilde and Dr Gilbert Gayle.


Dr Lee Thursday 23 September 2010

Read the following poem. Look up using Google, the meaning of the words that are underlined.

Quinquereme of Nineveh from distant Ophir
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
Apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedar wood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amethysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, ironware, and cheap tin trays.

Write out the meaning of the words in your large English books.

Ophir: wealthy port town mentioned in the Bible
Nineveh: A grand ancient city
Palestine: Broader area around and including Israel

Answer the following questions in your English books.

1. Why do you think the poet wrote this poem?
2. What makes the poem interesting?
3. What are mad March days?
4. Why are there so many lists in the poem?
5. How is the British coaster different to the other ships that are described?
6. Why do you think the poet ends on the British ship?

Here is a Quinquereme.