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Hmmm…. I wonder if I’ll ever be this lazy as a teacher…


Here is the timeline of the novel we did in class. Complete with my awesome drawings!



Essay Topic

The question for your essay is:

“How does Carl Matt change throughout the novel ‘A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove’?”

It needs to be 750 – 1000 words.

It is due on October 9, the first day back after the holidays.  NO EXCUSES!

Start off by talking about what Carl was like in the beginning, then move on to talking about how he changes.

Who are the people around him that help him to change?  Are they good for him or bad for him?  How do they affect him?  How much of an impact do they have on him?  How do the things that happen to Carl affect him?  How do the things that happen to other characters in the novel affect Carl?

End your essay by talking about what Carl is like at the end of the book and how that is different to how he started out.

Remember to put in examples from the book (and page number references).

Remember, never talk in the first person (eg ‘I think…’, ‘I liked…’).  This is a text analysis.  Talk about facts, use information, don’t tell me your opinion.

In this essay you are combining your chapter summaries with your character analysis.  Please don’t forget that you need to hand those in too!

Make sure you ask for help if you need it!

I am going to be very harsh on anyone who doesn’t hand this in on time.  You will lose 10% every day you don’t hand it in.  There is no excuse for not getting this in on time.  If you need help, email me, don’t just not do it.  You’ve had plenty of time for this, both in class and at home.  Do your best and I’ll be happy 🙂

The Book Is Over!


Well we’ve finished our book ‘A Bridge To Wiseman’s Cove’.

Make sure you’re up to date with all your chapter summaries and character analyses, this will ensure you have all the information readily available to you to write a a good essay about the novel.

We’ll be working on this essay for the rest of the term, so make sure you keep bringing your novel to class.

Good luck!

Here is a downloadable copy of one of the handouts about how to write a textual analysis essay in case you lose yours.

Textual Analysis


Should I be worried about you guys?!


Weekly Reading

On Monday September 10 we will start reading from page 241, the chapter called “The Rinsing Machine”.  Please make sure you’re up to that by then.  You also need to be up to date in your chapter summaries and your character analyses.

You only need a few sentences per chapter for your summaries.  The point of this is to remind you later what happened, because you won’t be able to remember.  Remember also to have one page per character for your character analyses so you can add to it as you discover new information about each character.

When it comes time to write your text analysis essay it will be really easy because you’ll already have all the information!  So take good notes and you’ll make your essay writing much easier for yourself!

Organisation is the key to good essay writing!