What am I reading?

Willy Wonka meets The Matrix

I’ve been meaning to read Ready Player One  for nearly a year and finally started it at the weekend.

This means that I probably brought to it a fairly high amount of anticipation and high expectations. I have to be honest, the first three chapters have been disappointing.

Wade is a teenage boy living in a dystopia where the world has nearly run out of natural resources.  Like the rest of civilization, he spends the majority of his time in the Oasis, a virtual community

The lines of distinction between a person’s real identity and that of their avatar began to blur.

It was the dawn of a new era, one where most of the human race spent all of their free time inside a videogame.

Wade is a ‘gunter’, somebody who spends their time trying to solve cryptic clues, hunting the easter egg hidden by Halliday, the dead creator of the Oasis.  If he can do this, he will inherit Halliday’s extensive fortune.

1.2 – How Does Shakespeare present Macbeth? Homework Due Tuesday 27th September

Complete Two tasks from the worksheet below either on your blogs or in your books.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Fiction is the truth inside the lie Stephen King

Line of Enquiry: Something Wicked This Way Comes

This programme is intended to explore how you would act when faced with adversity and moral uncertainty.  We will begin with reading and performing Macbeth, where we will meet a protagonist who is so consumed with desire and ambition that he will  slay all that stand in his way in a blood thirsty tragedy.  More importantly, we will examine how ambition changes Macbeth from a respected soldier to tyrannical murderer.  

We will then continue our exploration of supernatural and the unexplained through a collection of poetry ranging from John Keats, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lord Byron, H P Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe.  We will read and perform classic gothic poems intended to scare and enthrall.  Our language exploration will look at the grammar and style of gothic literature, where will then write our own.

Finally, we will end the year with Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, a re-imagining of Kipling’s The Jungle Book but set in a graveyard. We will explore the protagonist Bod’s journey into adolescence, whilst also comparing parts of the text to Kipling’s original text.  

My Line of Inquiry is unique to my style of teaching and has been devised with the London Nautical School KS3 framework in mind, and a clear focus on trying to incorporate activities that will celebrate the school’s centenary year.  The scheme has been created drawing on my passions and love of English, combined with my own judgement as a teacher about how 12 year old boys learn.

As always, I invite any feedback about how the course can be refined to suit the needs of my students.

Fair winds and following Seas!