How many times have you been sitting in class and wondered “when the heck am I ever going to need to use this again?” The answer is probably never. Sure, if life was a test about finding the x and y intercepts of a parabola or how many people died in World War 1 then […]

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai Text type: autobiography (extended text) The book “I am Malala” is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani woman who became like many, a victim of the Taliban. She tells her story of how she was standing up for all women and young girls in Pakistan to […]

Daily, large amounts of high school students are faced with a reoccurring thought while sitting in the classroom: “when will this information ever be useful to me in the future?” This is a common issue with the current education system not only in New Zealand but around the world. Students are not being taught suitable […]

Madi Mulqueen “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins Text type: extended text (novel) “The Girl on the Train” written by Paula Hawkins is a novel about a woman who is a severe alcoholic and often suffers from blackouts and memory loss which becomes relevant one Saturday night when a young woman, Megan Hipwell, […]

His First Ball by Witi Ihimaera Text type: Short story The short text ‘His First Ball’ by Witi Ihimaera focuses on the differences between people living in different circumstances and from different cultures. In specific it is based on Tuta Wharepapa, a maori factory worker, and the upper class people of New Zealand at the […]

Lion Directed by Garth Davis Type: film The film Lion directed by Garth Davis is based on the true story of a little Indian boy getting separated from his family and being adopted by a family in Australia. He grows up with his new family while still holding the memories of his old family, but […]

Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests Ted Dintersmith Ted Talk (Speech) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvhb9aoyeZs I watched the Ted Talk presentation “Prepare our kids for life, not standardized tests” by Ted Dintersmith. He speaks about the issue of our schools focusing on teaching students un-necessary information and not the skills and traits they need to live […]

Yellow Brick Road by Witi Ihimaera “It’s always best to start at the beginning- and all you do is follow the Yellow Brick Road.” ‘Yellow Brick Road’ is a short story written by New Zealander Witi Ihimaera. It follows the journey of a maori family, Roha, Matiu and their mum and dad, moving to Wellington […]

Scene: Pentagon and outside wheeler labs List significant details about William Parcher: Mysterious, scary, looks like secret service agent, superior, looking down on John, lighting behind him- revelation, serious, doesn’t say anything- just observes What is John doing when William Parcher appears Breaking Russian codes that are imbedded in radio frequencies John wants to know […]