Monthly Archives: January 2013

Reading Task: Lance Armstrong

IN Section pages 4, 16 & 17:

Please cut out the articles and paste it into your jotter book.

Answer the following qns based on the article on page 16.

1. List the five “sad parts” (preceded by “The saddest part …”) the writer mentions.  Summarise and simplify these points.  Which of the above is the saddest part to you?  Why?

2. To the writer, the saddest part of all is that “win at all costs” attitude has become a virtue.  What is wrong with such an attitude?



Video Feature: The Piano Guys / Christina Perri

Songs are wonderful material for teaching literary devices. I came across a really nice version of one Christina Perri’s songs. Enjoy!

ps: I need some help here. What are some nice songs I could use for my teaching?

similes, metaphors, analogies

An unsharpened pencil is like a talent undeveloped: a whole lot of potential just needing to be sharpened and defined to a perfect point. ~ just one of the examples I’ll be using in my teaching this week.

I miss teaching Literature.  It’s been too many years.   Sometimes, I fear that I would lose my touch.  I’m trying to get it together by reading a bit.  This week, we make a journey back to similes, metaphors and analogies.

Visual Text Play

(click on the pic for the larger version)

“If Tigers were meant to fly, they would be born with wings.”

(a) What effect is this statement intended to have on the reader?

(b) What is the purpose of this statement?

Answers to be indicated in the comment box here.  Best answer will receive a token 🙂

space geek stuff

I have to confess that this is a topic that I will struggle a lot with.  When it comes to the really science geek stuff, I know little.  This week, we are going to analyse a text describing what earth looks like from the International Space Station.  These videos are really going to help make the teaching a lot easier.

Take a tour of the International Space Station!

new year, new lesson material

I am excited to start this year of teaching.  It is going to be a lot of hard work in reading and learning.  I spent a whole day just doing up one lesson for a visual text.  But I hope my students will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  This week, we are going to have a look at the aviation industry and find out what’s the appeal in low cost carriers versus full service flights.  We are going to find out what is the appeal of the iconic Singapore Girl in the world famous sarong kebaya. Finally, we are going to deconstruct what makes these airline advertisements work.

Sneak peak:

Here’s something fun I chance upon while reading up on low cost carriers.  Enjoy!