The Purpose

is to analyze and evaluate some creative work and to inform people about its strengths and weaknesses. The materials to be analyzed are creative works such as books, movies, plays. Review may vary each other according to the nature of the works, the intended audience, and the aspect of work.

The Structure

  1. Title
  2. Identification of the work, includes background information about type of work, settings, brief synopsis, author, publisher or producer, and date/year of production
  3. Evaluation of the Work, describes particular aspect of the work (main character, their relationships, key incidents) and offers their opinion regarding them, their quality, and effectiveness
  4. Conclusion/Recommendation; summaries the assessment of the value of the work, judgment includes opinion and recommendations regarding how others should regard the work


  • Use of proper nouns (John Steinbeck, Robin Klein) and common nouns (plot, writer, novel)
  • Use of preposition of time and place
  • Use of definite and indefinite article: a and the
  • Use of Pronouns: subject, object, possessive and relative
  • Use of conjunctions/connectives of additive (and, also); causal (because, so as); and temporal (first, when, while)
  • Use of adjectives
  • Use of adverb of frequency and manner
  • Use present tense verb



Context includes background information on text e.g. author, type of work, setting and brief synopsis

(identification of the work)

Text description describes main character/s, their relationships and key incidents

(evaluation of the work)

Judgment includes opinion and/or recommendation/conclusion


The play hating Alison Ashley was written and adapted for the stage by Richard Tulloch from the novel of the same name, written by Robin Klein. It is set in Australia and centers on the developing friendship between the two main characters, Erica Yurken and Alison Ashley.

Erica is an intelligent, academic girl of twelve who feels that she is misplaced in her family, which comprises her mother, older brother, and two sisters. All of her family are unusual people and they often cause Erica great embarrassment. The Yurken family is also quite poor and Erica is deeply envious of girls whose families can afford to send them to the exclusive Kyle Girls Grammar School.

When Alison Ashley arrives at Barringa East primary School, Erica is torn between envy of Alison and desire to show off. The two girls become rivals and there are many misunderstandings. Their class is busy preparing for the annual Year 6 camp, where it is traditional to present a drama item for their parents. The play climaxes at the camp when the class performs a lay written by Erica. The stage directions make for an hilarious presentation. At the same time, the conflict between Erica and Alison is resolved.

This is a most enjoyable play to read, perform and watch. It is particularly suitable for students aged between ten and fourteen ho would find the problems of Erica and Alison interesting and relevant as well as entertaining.


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