English Extension 1

Film Review: Interstellar (2014)

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On the weekend, I saw Interstellar. Although I am a fan of Christopher Nolan (most recent Batman movies, Inception), I had pretty low expectations that I would enjoy it, because: I’m not really a fan of space movies; I’m not…

Introducing your student to the horror genre

Genre is one of the easiest things to introduce to junior English students, because it’s something that spoken about in everyday. What’s your favourite type/genre of movie? Crime? Romantic comedy? Sci fi? Horror texts are particularly good to examine, because…

Genre: Tragedy – Shakespeare

Mid last year, I wrote about the tragedy genre. I had a brief summation of the elements of tragedy and a list of possible tragic texts. The most well-known tragic texts, however, are the ones written by Shakespeare. Shakespearean tragedy…

Yr 8 Genre: Fairy Tales

History: Fairy tales were not originally for children, but were violent and had adult themes. They were told and passed on orally (by word of mouth) from generation to generation. In the 18th century, they became a popular form of…

Genre: Tragedy texts

I am not sure if this is a recent introduction in some schools, but some students are already studying genre in earlier years than Year 12. For example, either in Year 10 or in Year 11 as part of their…

Suggested Romanticism Related Texts

I found it initially difficult to find related texts for English Extension 1: Romanticism. As such, I’ve compiled this list of links and resources, which may assist everyone else who’s wandering lost in this elective. Related Texts Poetry: William Blake’s…

Text Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I finished reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte just this morning. It is a core text for the elective Romanticism (Extension English 1). I have strong mixed reactions to this text. Initially, I liked the text, because of the narrative-within-a-narrative…

Frankenstein: Context – Quick Questions

Here are some quick questions to help you draw links between Frankenstein and its context. As with Blade Runner, Frankenstein reflects a variety of concerns and styles. General In what time was Frankenstein composed? Answer. Romanticism Definition: What is Romanticism?.…