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The poems below are from Bibliomania: Free Online Literature and Study Guides. (The FAQ section states that these are copyright-free and can be freely used and be distributed for personal and educational purposes.)

William Blake is one of my favourite poets from the Romantic period (18th to 19th century). The words used are simple but they create a powerful mood such as the ones below. They are both taken from his Songs of Experience, a collection of poems about the pains of humankind. Note the rhythm and rhyme, common tools used to enhance the main points of a poem.

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I water'd it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunnèd it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright;
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veil'd the pole:
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree.

The Clod and the Pebble

'Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.'

So sung a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

'Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.'

Love them? Hate them? Discuss.

Fun English Facts

Hi 5C,

There are some fun English facts at EnglishEnglish.com. One is shown below for the 'Spell-Caster' in you!

There are only four words in the English language which end in '-dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

Examples of a book review

Hi 5C,

I've got one example of a book review done.

Title: The BFG
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Review: The BFG is a mysterious creature who appears in the night. He abducted Sophie from the orphanage when she saw him through her window and brought her to Giant Country. He declares that he has no intention to eat her up and that he despises all the vile Giants there. The BFG is a vegetarian, eating only disgusting cucumbers which are found in the Giant Country; the others eat little boys and girls during the night-time in each country - that accounts for the mysterious disappearances of children. Together, Sophie and the BFG work to save more children from being eaten up. How will they do it? Will they succeed? What does "BFG" stand for? Read the book to find out.

This is one of the first books by Roald Dahl that I have read. His books are usually entertaining and this is definitely true. It's hard to put it down after a few pages! The plot, dialogue and ending are all satisfying which is not always the case for some authors. The BFG is kind and gentle, not at all like a typical Giant, and Sophie is brave and intelligent.

I would recommend this book to adults and children. To adults, because they need to relax and find joy in simple books. By "simple", I mean that the words are simple but the story is definitely not by a simple person! And children would enjoy reading the exciting adventures of two seemingly-mismatched beings. So what are you waiting for? Go read it now!


Here are two examples of a book review written by children:



For more examples, go to The Spaghetti Book Club's Book Review Section. Click at the bottom of that page for more reviews.

The structure for the book reviews is largely the same - what the story is about, your thoughts and whom you recommend to read the book.

Online games

I found this fun link about nouns. Try it out!

If you find any more links that relate to our lessons, post it here for everyone to see too.

It's Live Earth Day!

Hi 5C,

It's Live Earth Day! Do your part by showing your support for Mother Earth by more than just wearing green or watching the concerts (yes, there are more than one!).

Use less plastics, switch off your electrical appliances by the mains and not put them on standby mode, use less water, buy only what you need to cut down wastage... and the list goes on for simple things you can do to reduce global warming and its effects. You can also decide to switch off your PC/laptop now and choose to do something that doesn't use so much electricity. Like reading, for example.

Also, check out
1. http://www.liveearth.org/ - the 'official' site
2. http://liveearth.msn.com/ for what else you can do (http://liveearth.msn.com/green/pledge is a good link)
3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6274264.stm for quick review of the situation. Don't forget the sidebar for related links.
4. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060917142710AAu9Vnc for yet more ideas on the 3 Rs

Are you awake to the harms we're doing to Earth?

P.S Do you know how much electricity and other resources are used for the Live Day concert?

P5 Camp 24-26 May 207

Hey 5C,

Those of you who went to the Camp were a great sport! I'm sure you had tremendous fun kayaking, rock climbing, and sleeping in a tree hut and tent. Although some of you had rashes by the 3rd day , I think overall, the Camp was a success. Any thoughts?

Here are some photos (click on them to get a larger view):

I took these using my camera phone as it was the most convenient for me. Other teachers took higher-resolution ones (bigger in storage size too!). There are some more photos. If you're interested, send me an email. I'll see what I can do. I'm having trouble uploading all these on LiveJournal and ImageStation.

p.s. Don't forget do finish up your holiday homework.

Holiday Homework

This is one rare time when homework list is posted online here.

The holiday assignments are:
1. English Worksheet E9 Booklets A and B,
2. Situational Writing and Composition,
3. Check the meanings of the fifty words given (use foolscap if you don't have enough space),
4. Do a research of a Myth of any culture or civilisation (this myth should not be found in your textbook or workbook),
5. Journal - "Why you should have/not have holiday homework",
6. Task on Energy and Carbohydrates and
7. Do up your own Family Tree. For an example of a family tree, click here.

Enjoy your holidays!

Updates for class and school events

Coming up this week:
for class
1. Starting and completion of International Friendship Day cards for Jin Tai pupils,
2. Start of new chapter for Science on Plant Reproduction,
3. Start of Chapter 6 for English
4. Thursday - 1st ICT lesson conducted by Ms Rabiah

for school
5. Thursday - West Coast Park Challenge and Physical Fitness Test for P4-P6

for Singapore
6. Friday - Good Friday (public holiday)

Your thoughts

Answer one of the following:

Who are your favourite people in the class (your classmates and teachers included)? Tell us why.

Are there any class activities you have done in the past and would like to do them this year? Tell us what they are.

CIP - Jamiyah Nursing Home

Hi 5C pupils,

The eighteen of you who went today helped out quite a bit - cleaning the doors, windows and tables, watering the plants and sweeping the home (inside and outside!). Not bad for about sixty minutes of work. I'm sure you have learnt something so pen down your thoughts when we finally use the PC lab this week or when you're home.

Here's a photo of those who went, excluding me, of course:

Ms Yeo