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WHAT IF EVERYONE LOOKED THE SAME!

August13

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STEPS TO WRITING SUCCESS

July29

Seven Steps to Story Writing Success by: Jen Mcveity

Step 1: Plan For Success

(Start with a bang, slowly build up the tension and end on a real high point)

Start where the action is, with a bang
Plot Development
Gradually build up the tension
End on a real high point

Step 2: Sizzling Starts

Tip: Start where the action is. Not at the beginning of the day where nothing is happening. Begin right in the middle of the action to hook your readers.
Step 3: Tightening Tension

Tip: Visualise the scene in your mind. Use the five senses as a guide – What did you See, Hear, Smell, Touch, Taste. Start strong, but save your best arguments and persuasive techniques for near the end.
Step 4: Dynamic Dialogue

Top Tip: Include quotations from experts, real words from a victim, concise sayings from famous people. Get rid of the boring bits.
Step 5: Show Don’t Tell

Tip: If I tell you I am generous, do you believe me??? No way. But if I buy all 20 raffle tickets to help cancer research, are you more convinced? Actions really do speak louder than words.
Step 6: Ban the Boring Bits

Tip: Ban all mention of bus or car trips, breakfasts and beds. (Unless of course you want something mysterious to happen to one of your characters while they are eating breakfast in bed on a train!!)
Step 7: Exciting Endings

Tip: First lines and last lines are what people remember the most. Be powerful in order to persuade

 

Interactive Plot Diagram (Try planning your draft along this diagram)
Plot Diagram

 

SNAPSHOT WRITING- CAMP ROTATION ACTIVITIES

June8

AT CAMP, YOU WERE INVOLVED IN A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES:

  • GIANT SWING
  • TRAMPOLINE
  • FLYING FOX
  • CLIMBING WALL
  • LOW ROPES

GIVE ME A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR FAVOURITE CAMP ACTIVITY AND HELP ME MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE.  

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INFERENCE- LILY AND THE SNOWMAN

May7

A beautiful short animation about a little girl and her frozen friend.

What do you infer?

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE- visual literacy

September24

 

HOW TO IDENTIFY FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE!

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Visual Literacy – The Present

August29

View the clip ‘The Present’ – a short 4 minute animation created by Jacob Frey. 

 


 

  • Discuss why the boy feels the way he does about the dog. 
  • Discuss why his mother may have bought that particular dog for him. 
  • Write a section of dialogue between Mum and the pet shop owner, perhaps she tells him why she wants that specific dog. 

 

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Emotive Language

June2

Writers use emotive language in order to connect and create an impact on their audience. Watch the clip below and find ways to include emotive language in your writing.

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NAPLAN – Online Practice Tests

April25

Have a go at the Smeebu Numeracy and Literacy Practice Tests online. Remember always, Practice makes one perfect. 

Use the link below to practice for the test. You can do the test as many times as you wish, so do not be afraid to make mistakes. Good luck! 

http://www.smeebu.com/

Visual Literacy- Infer

November9

Watch this beautifully animated 3D short film about a house which escapes from its suburban foundations and sets off on an epic journey.

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READING – FINDING THE MAIN IDEA

October13

What’s the Main Idea?

Main Idea and Supporting Details

The main idea is the main thing the author wants you to know. The supporting details are the pieces of information which support the main idea.  

Agnes was known to be a messy person. She never kept her room clean. It was always a chore that her mum dreaded day in and day out. One look at it and you would think that a tornado had hit it. Whenever she had friends over the mess would get worse. They always left the room beyond recognition and before leaving didn’t put anything back. Wrappers were left behind, soft drink marks were on the table, empty plates on the floor and lipstick marks stained the fresh pillow covers. To add to it they had even left  finger marks on the new drapes. 

The main idea in the text is that ……………………………………………. The supporting details are that ………

Click Here to complete an online quiz called ‘What’s the Main Idea?’

 

 

 

VISUAL LITERACY

Viewing a crowded scene is fun! You may view them over and over again, and each time see something new.

Such scenes become full of inter-personal stories. Stories can be put together to hold you, the viewer’s, attention. Sometimes they are designed to impress the viewer – who probably cannot read, but can relate to the visual message.

Using the above picture, finish these sentence starters….. remember correct spelling and punctuation.

Complete the following sentence starters

Observations: “I observe…”
Questions: “I wonder why..”, “If…”, “How does…”
Inferences: “I think…”, “Maybe…”
Predictions: “I predict…”

 

VISUAL IMAGE 2

Use inference, previous knowledge and rich vocabulary to explain this visual piece. 

Edit your work before you share it with me.

LITERACY ZONE

 

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