Hello my dears. I am so sorry that I have not made any new posts in the last few weeks. I have been too busy preparing all sorts of exciting lessons for you lot for next term. I have also been trying to get some reading done, because I figure that if I am expecting you to read then I should set a good example. Erm- this is a bit embarrassing, but so far I have finished only one book. In my defence, it was a VERY long book. I showed it to some of you- “Wicked”, by Jilly Cooper, who is one of my favourite writers. The book is very well written- lots of good words and phrases, literary allusions, well developed characters and plot, vivid descriptions- the whole enchilada. The only thing that stops me from recommending it to you is the fact that it is peppered with- ahem- naughty scenes. It is a tale of two schools in the same district- one very upper class, and the other on the brink of closing down. If you don’t mind the smut, the story is very engaging. This is a real page turner. But mind- this does not count as an official recommendation.
The next book I will work on is “Off Centre”, which some of you will be doing as a literature text next term. Your teacher insisted I read it, and has even given me a time limit. So Mrs V will be plowing through it over the next few days. If you would like to know what I think about it, check this space after 3 days. If you don’t care then forget it!
How is the holiday assignment going? So far only two people have been in touch with me. One actually hit a snag with the newslink site. She said she could not gain access to it, so I told her that she could pick a news article from any other source. The main thing is how you develop the story through the story boards, and how well you follow your chosen genre. It scares me that no one else has had this experience with newslink, because it means that most people have not started on the assignment yet.
Maybe I should not be so pessimistic. It could mean that the rest of you went ahead and chose other sources on your own. Yes, that makes me feel much better. Please, please get your work done. Otherwise you will have the traumatic experience of seeing Mrs V faint in your class. You may need major counselling after that!