English Prep Monday 20 June 2011
2L English (Short Prep) Spend 15 minutes finding out about the author Raymond Briggs.

There is an audio interview with him here:

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? Enter your work on the Wikispace aklgg as you did for prep.

English Prep 23 May 2011
Write a poem in the style of Mulga Bill's Bicycle using a different character and a different kind of vehicle and a different kind of setting.
Write a rhyming poem, using the same kind of rhyming metre as used in MBB.
English Prep 19 May 2011
Mulga Bill's Bicycle
Learn the lines that have your initials next to them, one boy phases in as another phases out.

MULGA BILL'S BICYCLE by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson

’Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze; FCM
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days; FCM
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen; FCM SE
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine; FCM SE
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride, SE AF
The grinning shop assistant said, “Excuse me, can you ride?” SE AF

“See here, young man,” said Mulga Bill, “from Walgett to the sea, AF NF
From Conroy’s Gap to Castlereagh, there’s none can ride like me. AF NF
I’m good all round at everything as everybody knows, NF HGee
Although I’m not the one to talk – I hate a man that blows. NF HGee
But riding is my special gift, my chiefest, sole delight; HGee H Grindle
Just ask a wild duck can it swim, a wildcat can it fight. HGee H Grindle
There’s nothing clothed in hair or hide, or built of flesh or steel, H Grindle HH
There’s nothing walks or jumps, or runs, on axle, hoof, or wheel, H Grindle HH
But what I’ll sit, while hide will hold and girths and straps are tight: HH JH
I’ll ride this here two-wheeled concern right straight away at sight.” HH JH

‘Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that sought his own abode, JH YH
That perched above Dead Man’s Creek, beside the mountain road. JH YH
He turned the cycle down the hill and mounted for the fray, YH CH
But ‘ere he’d gone a dozen yards it bolted clean away. YH CH
It left the track, and through the trees, just like a silver steak, CH RH
It whistled down the awful slope towards the Dead Man’s Creek. CH RH

It shaved a stump by half an inch, it dodged a big white-box: RH WI
The very wallaroos in fright went scrambling up the rocks, RH WI
The wombats hiding in their caves dug deeper underground, WI EJ
As Mulga Bill, as white as chalk, sat tight to every bound. WI EJ
It struck a stone and gave a spring that cleared a fallen tree, EJ AK
It raced beside a precipice as close as close could be; EJ AK
And then as Mulga Bill let out one last despairing shriek AK FK
It made a leap of twenty feet into the Dean Man’s Creek. AK FK

‘Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that slowly swam ashore: FK GL
He said, "I’ve had some narrer shaves and lively rides before; FK GL
I’ve rode a wild bull round a yard to win a five-pound bet, GL DL
But this was the most awful ride that I’ve encountered yet. GL DL
I’ll give that two-wheeled outlaw best; it’s shaken all my nerve DL IM
To feel it whistle through the air and plunge and buck and swerve. DL IM
It’s safe at rest in Dead Man’s Creek, we’ll leave it lying still; IM
A horse’s back is good enough henceforth for Mulga Bill." IM

Here is another mad bicycle ride to get you in the mood! Don't try this at home.

English Prep 16 May 2011
Exam Revision: See Wikispace
Think about the last novel you read and completed. Consider what the problem/solution and growth was. Look at this book or your current book and look at the structure of the sentences. Look for tension, pace. Look for characterisation, description, similes and metaphors. See when the paragraphs are made. Decide what the beginning, middle and end of the book were.


English Prep Learn lists 11 and 12. For those of you who have lost your books here are the words. In the meantime look for your spelling books.









Spelling words 11

Maths Prep (for Mr T)
P 13 and 14
Q 1-6
Q6 is tricky make a start in rough at the back of your classwork book.

English Prep Monday 14 March 2011
Learn spelling list 9 and 10.
Complete Review of Rabbit Proof Fence (3/4-1 page)

English Prep Thursday 10 March 2011
Learn the next two spelling lists 7 and 8.
Don't worry if there's any confusion we will sort it out next week.

English Prep Monday 7 March 2011
Write a review of Rabbit Proof Fence in your English Books. Tell a little about the story, and why it was good.

Here are some guidelines:

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 Thursday 3 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 Thursday 24 February 2011

CGP PP 12-13

English Class Work (Proverbs) Monday 7 February
Open the following sheet and save it on your computer in MY DOCUMENTS. Then answer the questions.
In the end print the sheet.

I would like to see some 'quality' work. Last time, I set an exercise like this many of you rushed it! Don't. :)

It might take a minute or so to download. Be patient. It works, I tried it!

external image msword.png Proverbs Sheet.doc

Here are some more proverbs.

Adversity doesnt build character, it reveals it
After a famine in the stall comes a famine in the hall
After all is said and done, more is said than done
After dark all cats are leopards
After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box
After the storm comes the calm
Age has no friend but the wrinkles of the mind
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity
Agree, For The Law is Costly
All are not cooks that walk with long knives
All good things come to he who waits
All good things must come to an end
All in good time
All is for the best in the best of the possible worlds
All lay loads on a willing horse!
All roads lead to Rome
All sunshine makes a desert
All that glisters is not gold
All things are possible with god
All things come to those who wait
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Although the Sun May Shine, Leave Not Thy Cloak at Home
An ant may well destroy a whole dam
An apple a day keeps the doctor at bay
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
An old fox is not easily snared
An old Ox makes a straight furrow
An ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept
Angry Men Make Themselves a Bed of Nettles
Any port in a storm
Anybody can make history Only a great man can write it
Appearances are deceptive
Art has no enemy but ignorance
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity
As useful as a chocolate fireguard (or teapot)
As wrinkled as an elephant's hide
As you make your bed, so must you lie in it
As you sow, so shall you reap
Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer
Ask no questions and hear no lies
At the end of the game, the King and the pawn go back in the same box
Bad news travels fast
Barking dogs seldom bite
Be first at the feast, and last at the fight
Be just before you are generous
Be kind to people on the way up, you may need them when you are on your way down
Beautiful is not what is beautiful, but what one likes
Beauty and Honesty Seldom Agree
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is only skin deep
Beauty without virtue is a flower without perfume
Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails
Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred
Better an open enemy, than a false friend
Better bend than break
Better die with honor than live with shame
Better do it than wish it done
Better late than never
Better one house spoiled than two
Better safe than sorry
Better to aim high and miss, than to aim low and reach target!
Better to be alone than in bad company
Better to be envied than pitied
Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud
Better to be safe than sorry
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly
Better to remain silent and appear a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt
Birds of a feather flock together
Bitter pills may have blessed effects
Blessings Are Not Valued Until They Are Gone
Blood is thicker than water
Blue are the hills that are far away
Boys will be boys
Business before pleasure
Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance
Charity begins at home
Children Have Wide Ears and Long Tongues
Children should be seen and not heard
Christmas comes but once a year
Cleanliness is next to Godliness
Clothes make a man
Cold hands, warm heart
Come out to play
Common fame is seldom to blame
Confidence is a plant of slow growth
Constant dripping wears away the stone
Count your blessings
Cultivate money and you grow rich, Cultivate mind and you raise culture
Curiosity killed the cat
Curses, like chickens, come home to roost
Cut your coat according to your cloth
Danger can never be overcome without taking risks
Death pays all debts
Diamonds cut diamonds
Different strokes for different folk
Diligence is the mother of good fortune
Discretion is the better part of valour
Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow
Distance lends enchantment to the view
Distance makes the heart grow fonder
Do as you would be done by
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped
Do not praise yourself while going into battle; praise yourself coming out of battle
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from a friends forehead
Do not wear out your welcome
Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you
Don't count the days, make the days count!
Early to bed and early to rise, make a man healthy, wealthy and wise
Empty sacks will never stand upright
Enough is as good as a feast
Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief
Every cloud has a silver lining
Every Cook Praises His Own Broth
Every cross has its inscriptions
Every devil has not a cloven hoof

English Prep 3 February 2011

Write an onomatopoeia poem and enter it onto aklgg.wikispaces.com.

Read to page 169 in Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

English Prep 13 December Scroll down to find it

Poetry on Simile and Metaphor

Read all the instructions first all the way through to the end.

Listen to Michael Jackson read his poem Planet Earth

Just play this one YouTube movie (wear your headphones):

You can follow the lyrics below.

3. Read the lyrics below and read the notes. Take special note of what it says about metaphor and simile and read at the bottom what it says about them. Listen to the poem again if you like.

Planet Earth, my home, my place
A capricious anomaly in the sea of space <---- capricious means inexplainable; anomaly means unexpected
Planet Earth are you just
Floating by, a cloud of dust <---- this is a metaphor, the earth isn't really just dust
A minor globe, about to bust <---- neither is it really about to bust, but it helps to understand what the world is like
A piece of metal bound to rust <---- or this. Not technically accurate, but poetically useful.
A speck of matter in a mindless void
A lonely spacship, a large asteroid

Cold as a rock without a hue <--- here is a simile 'cold as a rock' describes the cold
Held together with a bit of glue
Something tells me this isn't true
You are my sweetheart soft and blue <--- the earth is known as the blue planet because of the oxygen in the atmosphere
Do you care, have you a part
In the deepest emotions of my own heart
Tender with breezes caressing and whole
Alive with music, haunting my soul. <--- he has experienced the music of the planet.

In my veins I've felt the mystery
Of corridors of time, books of history
Life songs of ages throbbing in my blood
Have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood <--- he has danced the same 'dance' as the planet
Your misty clouds, your electric storm
Were turbulent tempests in my own form
I've licked the salt, the bitter, the sweet
Of every encounter, of passion, of heat
Your riotous color, your fragrance, your taste <--- using all the senses!
Have thrilled my senses beyond all haste <--- using all the senses!
In your beauty, I've known the how
Of timeless bliss, this moment of now

Planet Earth are you just
Floating by, a cloud of dust
A minor globe, about to bust
A piece of metal bound to rust
A speck of matter in a mindless void
A lonely spacship, a large asteroid
Cold as a rock without a hue
Held together with a bit of glue
Something tells me this isn't true
You are my sweetheart gentle and blue <--- he loves the earth
Do you care, have you a part
In the deepest emotions of my own heart
Tender with breezes caressing and whole
Alive with music, haunting my soul.
Planet Earth, gentle and blue
With all my heart, I love you

English Prep: Take a copy of the Dragon Book of Verse. Read through the poems and look for similes and metaphors. Find some examples of each. Decide what each simile or metaphor is doing. Why does the poet use them? How does the simile or metaphor make the poem better?

Find two examples of similes and two examples of metaphors. Your answer should look like this:

(Your page should look like this -->)

Prep: Similes and Metaphors Monday 13 December


Page 93: The Prelude by William Wordsworth
In this poem Wordsworth compares the trees with iron. "The trees tinkled like iron," because they were frozen and the branches hit one another like icicles. This is a very vivid image in the poem and creates a spooky atmosphere. I like the choice of words because it is not something I would have thought of, but helps me understand what it must have been like there.

Second Example



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

English Prep Thursday 9 December

You need to write a poem using similes and metaphors. The poem should be about colour. Write it in your rough books.

Q. How long does it have to be? A. I think no less than 16 lines.
It needs to be good. Keep working on it for half an hour.

A simile is a comparison. It contains the words 'as' or 'like'. The frozen grass was like a sea of upward icicles.
A metaphor is when you say one thing is something else. The lawn was a frozen sea of upward icicles.
Include such devices in your poem, but don't go overboard by using too many, unless this is the style of your poem.

Here is a famous Australian poem about colour. Read it to get some ideas. At the bottom there is a sound file so you can hear the poet reading the poem.


My Country by Dorothea McKellar

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded Lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens,
Is running in your veins;
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies -
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me.

The tragic ring-barked forests
Stark white beneath the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
An orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the crimson soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart around us
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold;
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown Country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Sound file (You need Quicktime on your computer). This is just a sound file.

English Prep for Monday 29 November 2010
Go through the class play script and practise your lines with your parents. Make sure you know when to go in and come out, and you remember to deliver your lines in a very very loud voice, facing the audience.

English Prep for Monday 15 November 2010
CGP Verb Tenses and Auxiliary Verbs. pp 10-11. Learn spelling list: 5

English Prep for Thursday 04 November 2010
CGP Writing Instructions and Saying What's Happened. pp. 24-25.

English Prep for Thursday 30 September 2010
CGP Book Adverbs about Talking and Word Order pp. 22-23

English Prep for Thursday 23 September 2010
Read the following poem. Look up using Google or a dictionary, the meaning of the words that are underlined. Write out the meaning of the words in your large English books.

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.

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 large 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.


Prep for Wednesday 15 September 2010

Work on National Curriculum English, Speech. Complete pages 14-15. You should also be reading for prep.