Using Web 2.0 tools to connect, critique and collaborate

June 8, 2010

Welcome to our blog. This will be a meeting place for emerging thinkers who have chosen to undertake the exciting English Extension courses. Most of the classes visiting and contributing to this blog in the first 3/4 of 2010 will be Year 11 Preliminary English Extension students. Where it goes to from there, only time will tell.

English Extension I and II are unique courses in that they allow for a perfect balance between the creative and the critical. Young emerging writers and thinkers are given the opportunity to strengthen their thinking and writing skills in the hope that one day these will be used to add new layers to the complex tapestry that is Australian literature. You, dear reader, are one such writer.

The aim of this blog is for you, and others like you, to connect with one another and showcase/share your creative and critical talents. Students from a variety of schools – both public and private – will be accessing and contributing to this blog. This is a new and exciting chapter for the highest level of secondary English literature studies in New South Wales. Through the connectedness of the world-wide web you, as a young Australian writer, will be able to shape and reshape the ways in which you harness the English language to express and alter perceptions of the world within which you grow.

Joan Didion explains why she writes:

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

Tell us, why do you write?