date
group
poem
commentary due
day off
26 Nov
1
Disabled
2 Dec
30 Nov
30 Nov
2
Disabled
6 Dec
2 Dec
2 Dec
3
Counter Attack
30 Nov
6 Dec
6 Dec
4
Counter Attack
26 Nov
26 Nov
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2010 A1 English Standard Level IOP Topics

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Name
Text
Topic
Valerie Yeung


Alex
Fences
The role of death in the play "Fences", personified and literal.
Amanda Robison
Fences
the influence of white people in Fences, and how it affects the characters in the play.
DaSol Lee
Fences
Significance of Bono as Troy's friend
Diane Zhu
Fences
The theme of 'we hurt the ones who love us, and love the ones who hurt us' in FENCES
Dong Hyeok Han
Fences
-significance of fences in the Fences
Gilbert Ye
Fences
The significance and purpose of alcohol and Taylor's (the bar) to Troy in Fences.
He Ra Kang
Fences
The significance of Gabriel's presence as a source of guilt for Troy.
Isabel Perrin
Fences
August Wilson highlights the impact that one generation's hopes and dreams, and accomplishments and failures have on the next generation.
Joanna
Fences
The role of music in emphasizing/portraying the playwright's messages throughout the play.
John Wong
Fences
-Reality versus self-created illusions as characters' differing perspectives taken towards living their lives in Fences.
Jonathan
Fences
The inability of characters to let go of the past.
Kevin Wang
Fences
The incorporation of sport references and terms to portray and depict relationships within Fences
Lindsay
Fences
To what extent do stage directions portray the characters in Fences?
Max
Fences
How does the use of coping techniques by Troy, Rose and Lyons allow the reader to understand the pressures the family faced in society?
Michael Xie
Fences
The extent of Rose and Troy Maxson being the mouthpieces for August Wilson.
Natalie Wong
Fences
The comparison between how Troy treats Lyons and how he treats Cory and how it represents the different stages of Troy's life.
NiNi
Fences
Troy’s opinions of a man’s responsibilities affect his familial relationships in a negative way.
Sean Lin
Fences
Heat is representative of dissatisfaction and annoyance, but also representative of passion.
SeoHyun Bae
Fences
Religious imagery in Owen poetry.
Shavonne Ravlich
Fences
The influence Alberta has on the Maxson family although ironically she is never present onstage.
Victor M Liu
Fences
Rupert Brooke – progression of ideas in the 5 war sonnets.
Wendy Yu
Fences
What type of character Troy would most suitably be categorized as (tragic figure, hero, villain, or a combination).
Wes
Fences
The characters’ interactions with the set and props teach the audience about their personalities.
Won Kyu
Fences
The significance of The Devil in Troy's character and relationships
Shang Loh
Fences
The role of naming of major characters in establishing aspects of society in Fences.
Chris Ren
Fences
Troy purposefully and inadvertently passes on his life experiences and his behaviors to his family, for better and for worse, causing his family to accept fates similar to Troy’s in Fences
Brandon Guo
Fences
Lying in Fences.
Jason
Heat & Dust
The ending of the novel demonstrates the consequences the characters face because of their actions.
Robert Lee
Heat and Dust
-The car as a reflection of the relationship statuses between Olivia, Douglas, Harry and the Nawab as the novel progresses
Henry Fong
Heat and Dust
To what extent are the housewives more 'free' after the death or absence of their husbands displayed in Heat and Dust and Fences?" (Ritu, Maji, Rose,)
Chris Hwa
Heat and Dust
The contrast between Harry and Chid as to the setting of India's influence towards each character in different time periods.
Daphne Lam
Heat and Dust
The function of the graveyard scenes between Douglas and Olivia in revealing the nature of their relationship.
Jerry Wang
Heat and Dust
The effect of cultural and status restraints upon women in India (specifically Ritu, Inder Lal's mother, and Olivia)
Kathy Summers
Heat and Dust
The significance of keeping and not keeping the baby in Heat and Dust. (Olivia and Anne)
Kevin
Heat and Dust
How is manipulation present and how does it affect the lives of the characters?
Min Ho
Heat and Dust
How is fear and desperation created in Owen and Sassoon’s poetry?
Ricky
Heat and Dust
The constant switching between time periods in the narration in order to emphasize the parallelism between events from the two eras.
Riowena Seah
Heat and Dust
The extent to which the piano is a disconnection for Olivia from India as the novel's plot progresses.
William Wang
Heat and Dust
The irony of how Olivia feels more at home with the Nawab and the rest of the Indian community instead of the English community.
Jocelyn Ng
War poetry

Cameron Frayne
War Poetry
Nature imagery in Owen poetry
Janita Zhang
War Poetry
-A comparison between the different approaches to the subject of war explored through the compositional techniques of Rupert Brooke ("The Soldier") and Wilfred Owen ("Dulce et Decorum Est").
Simon Wu
War poetry
Soldiers who have fought in war ended up wounded; their glorious moments were only meant to be momentarily remembered by people.
Jacques Van Anh
War Poetry
The irony of expected rewards in ‘The Soldier’, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ and ‘Does it Matter’?
Phillip Huang
War Poetry
Rupert Brooke's and Wilfred Owen's attitudes towards death in battle in V. The Soldier and Anthem for Doomed Youth, respectively
Britain Ross
War poetry
The contrast in the reception of the soldiers when they left for war and returned from war, despite the soldiers returning ‘victorious’.
Chase
War poetry
"The way death is portrayed in the poems "III. The Dead" by Rupert Brooke and "Suicide in the Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon represents the two extremes as to how soldiers felt about the war."
Jesse
War poetry
The use of similar literary features to convey different purposes in Wilfred Owen's various poems.
Joon Young
War poetry
Siegfried Sassoon - Does it Matter?, Base Details
- Tragic depiction of youth involved in war (need to develop this more fully)
Krystal
War poetry
Comparing the contrasting the criticism of war evident in both Owen and Sassoon's works (the two poets have different styles of criticism)
Maryanne Cheah
War poetry
The role of religious imagery in Owen’s “Futility” and Brooke’s “Peace”
Michael Ren
War poetry
The large contrast of the role of the Major and that of the soldier in Siegfried Sasson's two poems "Base Details" and "Counter- Attack".
Oliver Bech
War poetry
The ways in which Rupert Brooke portrays the glory and honor of being a soldier in the poems "I. Peace" and "II. Safety".
Sarah Beckley
War Poetry
How Owen’s “The Send Off” and Brooke’s “The Soldier” reflect the people’s willingness to enter the war and their feelings about fighting for their country
Suzy Kim
War Poetry
Duality in Sassoon's poetry
Victor J
War Poetry
A Comparison between Wilfred Owen's "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and Siegried Sassoon's "Suicide in the Trenches” to portray the poets’ lamentation for the loss of youth.
Vincent Huang
War Poetry
Discussion about the purpose and significant of the theme of loss in Owen's "Disabled" and how society amplifies the extent of loss through ignorance.
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