Author Archives: Simon Lewis

New Store: Bright Sparks

Welcome to our newest store on Mash.ie, Bright Sparks. Here is one of her products: http://mash.ie/product/clonmacnoise/ Read More...

Let Term 3 Begin!

It's been a glorious spring break this year with beautiful weather making it  harder than usual to get back into work mode. Mash.ie has designed 6 lesson packs to get you through the first week back covering lots of different subjects based on themes associated with each day of the term. It kicks off with Songkran, an important Thai festival, which celebrates their new year. Right now, we're having a special offer for anyone who buys our themed units if Read More...

How do we get our students to write?

It can be hard to encourage creativity in the classroom. Students complain of not knowing what to write about so where do writers start and where do they get their ideas from?   One of the ways good writers work is to use writing prompts.  A writing prompt is a topic around which you start scribbling or jotting down ideas. It might be a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even an image or picture, and it gives you something to focus on Read More...

Using Similes in Creative Writing

Grammar and creative writing? They sound wrong together. Some people think that creative writing is all about the flow, the emotion, the themes and they forget about their grammar. They are right in one way. Good writing does stir and emotion and gets the reader asking questions but if the grammar is not of a standard, the message of the story or poem can be lost. I want to look at the use of simile in grammar and writing. A Read More...