Creative writing, VCE, VCE EAL, VCE English

A few tips on preparing for that creative SAC

A few tips on preparing for that creative SAC, using The Thing Around Your Neck, All About Eve and Mabo as example texts.

Essay Writing, Language Analysis

Analysing a Visual

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away.

Many students don’t feel confident in analysing the visual in the text they get. Below is some general advice for students who struggle with knowing how to write about them:  Continue reading “Analysing a Visual”

Essay Writing

Editing: long sentences

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away for a few weeks.

In this video, I edit a super duper long sentence. Please note that the use of low camera angle is wrong, but I’m just editing for length so I left that alone. 

I hope that was helpful! 

~Shirlaine

Essay Writing

Proofreading

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away.

Image via shewrites.com
Image via shewrites.com

Proofreading. 

It’s so important, but so many students don’t do it. The most common reason for this is because students leave it until the end of their exam/test, so there’s simply not enough time.  Continue reading “Proofreading”

Essay Writing, VCE EAL, VCE English

How to prepare for your VCE context essay

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away.

In this video, I talk about how I prepare my students for the context bit of their VCE English/EAL exam. (My phone is dying and won’t record a video that’s longer than 30 seconds so most of it is just audio. Sorry!) 

I hope that was helpful! 

~Shirlaine

Language Analysis, School, VCE EAL, VCE English

When authors use multiple persuasive techniques at once

Note: This post is one of a series of scheduled posts while I’m away for a few weeks.

Some students get a little confused when authors use multiple persuasive techniques/devices at once. Where do you start? Which one do you talk about first? Below is an example:  Continue reading “When authors use multiple persuasive techniques at once”

Essay Writing, VCE EAL, VCE English

Video: The ‘Bang for Buck’ writing principle

When writing under timed conditions, it’s important to understand time as a limited resource. Are you using your x number of minutes to write stuff that going to get you the highest mark?  Continue reading “Video: The ‘Bang for Buck’ writing principle”

Film techniques, VCE EAL, VCE English

Film techniques starring Gargoyle Georgie

Here are some photos from a session I did on film techniques. I gave the student a brief (eg. make her look little/powerful/lonely), let the student fiddle around with the shot then discussed why that particular angle/movement achieved the brief.

Continue reading “Film techniques starring Gargoyle Georgie”

Essay Writing, VCE EAL, VCE English

How to quote a text

I frequently see writing like the below: 

Due to the economic conditions in Enniscorthy, Eilis and her brothers need to move to other cities for jobs. ‘Eilis realised that she could not turn down the offer.’ There are not enough jobs in Enniscorthy for everyone and Eilis has been unemployed for a long period already.

Continue reading “How to quote a text”