My Sister Keeper – Jodi Picoult Book Finished: We make decisions every day. Toast or cereal for breakfast? Coffee or tea? Should I give my dying sister my kidney or not? Some decisions are obviously more complex than others. In ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ written by Jodi Picoult, kidney decisions are Anna Fitzgeralds biggest dilemma. Anna […]

Hopeless – Colleen Hoover Book finished: “Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…” 17-year-old Sky is the main character in Colleen Hoover’s novel ‘Hopeless’. Sky has been homeschooled by her adopted mum (is this what you call it) for her whole life and aside from her real Mum having dies when […]

Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane – Etheridge Knight Short Story finished: 13th February  African American hard rock prisoner is the persona of a rebellion genius. bad rep – bad punishment ‘Hard Rock Returns to prison from the hospital for the criminally insane’ written by Etheridge Knight is a […]

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi Non-fiction book finished: 23rd July ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ written by Paul Kalanithi is a non-fiction autobiography… In the book, Paul often refers to and approaches the idea and contrast between life and death. This theme is prominent throughout the book,  taking place in quotes, experiences and stories. […]

Why you wouldn’t want to be a woman in Afghanistan. Today in New Zealand, we take our freedom much for granted, even as women. Rights of voting, education, health care, being able to work and choosing when and who you marry. This thought of relative peace that we have here, is similar to what the […]

The Intouchables -Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano  Movie finished: May 24th ‘The Intouchables’ directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano tells the story of a wealthy and physically disabled man, Phillipe, who due to an accident requires a full-time carer. With good timing and risk-taking from both parties, he comes across and hires Senegalese, […]

Introduction Paragraph one –  foreshadowing Paragraph two – narrative point of view Paragraph three – symbolism Conclusion Quotes to use: “I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything. And made me what I am today.”  Baba: “There is something missing in that boy.” … “And […]

100 metres – directed by Marcel Barrena Movie finished: 5th April Notes Plot based on Spanish man that is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (disease resulting in nerve damage disrupting communication between the brain and the body.) Ramon is married to Inma and they have one child and another on the way. Told he would not […]

Analyse how language features were used to capture the reader’s imagination.                                 – Amir’s narrative point of view                                                […]

Importance of Setting Social Castes – Amir = high caste (Pashtun) and Hasaan = low caste (Hazara). Historical – just before the Russian invasion. Cultural – Islamic country Political – Baba was a powerful figure in Kabul Society Explain the importance of setting (historical, social, cultural and political), and it’s influence on how the narrator (Amir) […]