Pieces of Poetry: Alliteration

3 Nov

Record the following in your notebook for each poetry mini-lesson:

  1. A definition
  2. an example
  3. A poem you like that uses this technique
  4. Write your own poem that uses this technique


Have a look at this video first:

Have a look at this lune. Can you find the alliteration?

When the sun’s

rays hit the shades, it

lights up lines.

First published here. A lune is a great little poetic form related to a haiku. In this case, we simply count words rather than syllables – 3 for the first line; 5 for the second line; and 3 for the third line.

Try writing a couple of lunes. Consider how you might use perspective in this. An expert result would be one that doesn’t rely on telling the reader who the speaker is for us to understand whose perspective it is.


Ultimate Frisbee

18 Jun

Have a look at some of these videos to learn a little more frisbee technique

Backhand throw

Forehand throw

Long throws and pulls

Offense and Stacking

Defense and Marking

Try having a bit of a look at a full game (see how big that field is!!!) Skip to the next 5 minutes


Curriculum Enrichment Days

5 Jun

Curriculum Enrichment day sign-up is ready. Go here to submit your top three choices (don’t choose the same thing three times; this won’t help your chances). Choice is allocated on a first come first served basis:


You can find the list of activities here:


These links can also be found on your PE Edmodo site and Mr. Tangey’s English as Pie site. Get yourself signed up by Friday!

A Little Magic Summative Task

13 May

Task: Create the outline for a new short film that clearly describes plot, setting, and character.

Statement of Inquiry: Writers craft excellent stories by using the relationships between plot, character and setting. 

Orientation: We have used plot diagrams to show plot, labelled sketches of characters to show character, and used mind-maps to show setting. Use these techniques to clearly outline your short film. You should also make sure you use the other techniques and concepts we have discussed: narrative conflict (person vs. person etc.), stages of a plot (exposition, climax etc.), mood. 

Assessment: We will use criterion A and criterion B to assess your understanding. 

You could outline your plot in a number of different ways: Use a comic creator like Bitstrips to demonstrate your plot; draw up your plot using a storyboard; write your narrative. Regardless of how you choose to submit your work, you must include a plot diagram, a labelled sketch of your protagonist, and a mind-map describing your setting plus your film outline (Bitstrips or otherwise). 

To publish your plot diagram, character sketch and setting mind-map, you could use this template. Just save a copy to your own drive before you edit it.

Short Film: Putting it all together

2 May

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

We have looked in detail at 3 of the elements of short film: plot, setting and character. Now it’s time to try it yourself.

Use this link to help you find short, award winning, animated films.

Watch the film and then use the “Elements of Short Film” planner to record your details.

If you are feeling lazy, here are some ones I have found:


Lady and the Reaper

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore