Author Archives: Ms. N's Rhyme and Reason

About Ms. N's Rhyme and Reason

Hi, In the beginning was the word. Hence begins the history of humankind, in all domains of evolution. The thriving of civilizations has depended on how articulate were their teachers- the ones who descended with the learned art to their offspring generations. This phenomenon of transmitting of genetic code of learning has been at the heart of my inspiration to teach. This art somehow has transformed into a mantra for me, and it has never ceased to amaze me. Although to become a perfect teacher one might take a lifetime, but if one tries to be perfect, one negates the reason to experiment and fail. Hence, I may have faltered in some of my approaches, but my aspiration has been to try rectifying the short-coming, to connect again with the subject-matter and my pupils, to demystify the intended outcome, to enthuse the learners again, and to keep the cycle going.

Student Worksheet: Caged Bird

The world that we breathe in today has had many contrasting firsts: we have had bid adieu to apartheid , yet have chosen leaders who would like to build ‘ huge ‘ ‘walls’. We have had gross injustice meted out to people lower in the power hierarchy and yet, there are ubiquitous campaigns like # me-too that would hold no bar to name the corrupted tools of power. 

Hence, a teacher of Caged Bird in this day and age does not have to talk about merely the social pressures on the African-Americans and the Civil Rights Movement of 1966: the canvas and the ‘sky ‘ for the discussion and several simultaneous interpretations is unimaginably expansive.  Continue reading

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How Years of Teaching Coherence and Cohesion Can Come to an End

I thought I’d paste a little taste of Trump here for students to look over. we spend so many hours teaching students to write with clarity and to structure and organise… and then this: TRUMP: We stopped giving them because … Continue reading

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Sample paper : O Level Literature in English 2010/12

Mocks Assessment class XI 2012-13

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Student Worksheet: Horses by Edwin Muir

       Horses by Edwin Muir :Worksheet

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Student Worksheet : Continuum by Allen Curnow

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O Level Literature in English: What Are the Questions Actually Asking?

Deconstruction of the Questions Words   from Question What   You Have to Do Explore   the ways in which Catherine Linton and Hareton are presented in this extract. The   instruction in this passage-based question is to ‘explore’, or … Continue reading

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