Intimate Apparel: Class Discussion on Themes and Links


Independence + feminism / society’s expectations for women — gender roles and stereotypes — marriage

pg. 60 “You understand why I would rather not be divorced, at my age it would be proved disasterous”

Money and the American Dream

Relationships and friendships of women/solidarity

Power of silence and the unsaid — Communication / Miscommunication

pg 61 — “Esther wants to say something but she can’t quite find the words” (to Mr Marks)

“thank you for not asking” Esther to Mrs Dickson

Social class, discrimination, and racism

Work, craft, and the importance of hands — art

“DON’T! This quilt is filled with my hard work, 100 dollars every year I have been seated at my sewing machine”

Touch and the senses



Forbidden Love


1° Euro History: World War One

Introduction to WW1

Following the assassination of Franz-Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in June 1914 at Sarajevo, a system of alliances brought all of Europe into a state of war within six weeks.

  • Between August and December 1914, it was a war of movement as the states launched massive offensives.
  • Since no side gained a decisive victory, each side dug trenches and it became a war of positions for the next three years.
  • In 1917, revolutionary Russia pulled out of the war and the USA entered on the side of the Allies. In spring 1918.
  • It again became a war of movement on the western front until an armistice was signed on 11th November 1918.

Introductory PowerPoint:

WW1 Total War

WW1 in colour: episode one:

Oral Comprehension Worksheet Part One

World War One Episode One Worksheet


Document for the immediate causes of WW1 and homework (including questions):

Background to World War One

World War One in colour, episode 2:











After all the jacks are in their boxes
And the clowns have all gone to bed
You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
Footprints dressed in red
And the wind whispers, “Mary”
A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life
Somewhere, a queen is weeping
Somewhere, a king has no wife
And the wind, it cries, “Mary”
The traffic lights, they turn blue tomorrow
And shine their emptiness down on my bed
The tiny island sags downstream
‘Cause the life that lived is dead
And the wind screams, “Mary”
Will the wind ever remember
The names it has blown in the past?
And with this crutch, its old age and its wisdom
It whispers, “No, this will be the last”
And the wind cries, “Mary”

Do not stand at my grave and weep” by  Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.





What is poetry?






Perfect Paragraph Practice

Pin on Artwork, Poetry, and Expressions

In Hopkins’ poem “The Caged Skylark,” Hopkins uses extended metaphor to illustrate the hopefulness of resurrection.


Furthermore, Hopkins uses sounds to paint his hopeful message. For example, both heavy alliteration and light alliteration to illustrate the contrast between the constraint of the body and the freedom of the spirit.

OIB Essays Examens Blancs Student Samples

General Comments:

–annotate your paper

–make a very specific thesis

–link back to the question

–don’t be afraid to start a new paragraph

–always reference specific examples AND style/techniques/language/what the author is doing

–dig deep

–avoid SUMMARY

–use synonyms

–organize your time.

Essay Questions

OIB Essay rubric NOV 2015 revised (2)

OIB Commentary rubric NOV 2015 revised