Tag Archives: reading

Confused.com (The English Language makes no sense!)

12 Jul

“i before e, except after c. “

What a perfectly good well-rhymed rule. It’s ingrained into all of our minds by the age of 5 and has helped kids across the country score 10/10 in spelling tests. Except for the fact that it’s absolutely rubbish that is! 

I am currently tutoring a primary school girl with her spelling and it has only just occured to me how many spelling rules there are. Not only spelling rules but spelling rules with about 100 exceptions. Surely this means it is not a rule!

Here are some of the 212 words that have just decided to ignore the rules altogether.

SCIENCE, SPECIES, ANCIENT, SOCIETY, CAFFEINE, PROTEIN, BEING, BEIGE……

I’m getting bored now so I’ll stop there.

No wonder kids today find themselves lost in a maze of tricky spelling relating conundrums. Truth is, the English language is made up of a lot of half rules and we’re just expected to pick it up along the way. 

Oh well, perhaps with the use of computers in every classroom it won’t be long until we give up on spellings and throw the dictionaries out all together. That’s what spellcheck is there for after all.

Advertisements

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

27 Jun

I’m going a little of topic here, but as it’s a Sunday night I though I’d indulge myself and post my favourite sonnet from Mr William Shakespeare.  It’s not totally irrelevant as in the UK, this sonnet appears on several GCSE exam boards. Here we go…..

SONNET 130

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
 As any she belied with false compare.

 

Ah, it’s just gorgeous! I know a lot of people struggle with the language but I actually think this is one of Shakespeare’s more simplier sonnets. My favourite part is “my mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.” It totally wins the war against those long, Petrarchan sonnets which just build up an ideal woman who doesn’t exsist.

Shakespeare: yay or nay? Thoughts please!

Another picture to get you thinking!

24 Jun

How did this statue get built into the wall?  Answers on a postcard…or comment below!

What is that weird thing staring down at me?

24 Jun

I’ve just added a picture to my blog. This is a picture I took when I was stranded in Thailand due to the volcanic ash! I absolutely love the statue, there are so many ways to interpret it, and that leads to my next point……..Creative Writing.

I think using a visual a stimulus or a short youtube clip is a really fab way to get pupils engaged in writing. It’s something that parents can easily do at home with their children. Kids need to write, they need to sometimes write purely for pleasure and see where their ideas can take them! I’ve added some images that can take writing in all sorts of directions! Creativity is key!

Imagine you're stuck in this traffic!

Describe this scene.