Essay writing for the HSC

Why students struggle with essay writing. Effective essay writing has been on the decline for the past fifteen years in schools. Students struggle with their interpretation of questions, the harnessing of powerful evidence and structure and expression. As schools and teachers are increasingly time poor, essay writing is left until students have major assessment tasks and trial examinations thrust upon …

Problems Of Pragmatic Teaching

While I consider what aspect of educational reform I should submit for my application to do a doctorate in education, my year 12 student tells me that her school does not require the reading of a set text for the advanced English syllabus. The text in question is a beautifully crafted play by Edson known as “WIT”. This poignant play …

Sample Essay – Preliminary – Othello

Othello claims he loved “not wisely, but too well.” Do you find yourself having sympathy for Othello at the end of the play? Explain why/why not. Whilst the audience empathises with Othello’s plight throughout the play, their stronger sympathy for the character Othello is derived from his final moments in the play. Othello’s speech allows the audience to better understand …

Sample Essay Area of Study Discovery: The Awakening

A study of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper highlight the power of context and the influence it has over individual discovery. Expressed through the use of contrast, tone and symbolism, the interactions between discovery and context allow the protagonists of both texts to transcend the confinement and repression of a physical and spiritually suffocating …