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September 5, 2017
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Check List for Historical Fiction

  • I can write a historical fiction narrative set in Colonial Australia. It is based on facts and details, using historically accurate events.
  • I can develop a historically accurate colonial character.
  • I can use historically accurate vocabulary and write historically accurate descriptions.
  • I can organize a plot with events in an order that makes sense to my reader.
  • I can use transitional words and phrases to show the passage of time.
  • I can revise my narrative to add dialogue, to show characters’ thoughts and feelings.
  • I can create a compelling beginning to my historical fiction narrative that hooks the reader.
  • I can create an ending to my narrative that leaves the reader with a sense of completeness.
  • I can check my work for correct capitalization, correct spelling, correct punctuation at the ends of their sentences, correct conventions when writing dialogue.

June 23, 2017
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2 Week Story

For the last two weeks of term we will be working on writing a short story that demonstrates all the skills and understandings we have worked on this term. We will be spending a full hour on each stage of crafting the story. Below I’ve listed the steps plus an example of the elements to include. It is also an example of planning for writing. We will spend a whole lesson on developing our plans before starting to write.

(1) The Beginning

Character:

  • Eric is a woodcutter
  • Tall, handsome, dark hair, deep brown eyes
  • Kind man, looks after his dad

Setting:

  • Lives in a forest – light twinkling through trees, birds twittering, leaves rustling

(2) The Build Up

  • Villagers hear noises at night
  • Some trees have been burnt down
  • Villagers worried
  • Ways to describe feelings – the hairs stood up on the back of Eric’s neck and a cold bead of sweat trickled down his back

(3) The Problem

  • Night time – Eric sleeping
  • Suddenly hears shouting
  • Rushes outside – sees a dragon swooping off
  • King is upset/sad – Princess Isabelle has been taken
  • A reward (her hand in marriage) is offered to whoever rescues her

(4) The Resolution

  • Eric takes father’s sword
  • Dragon’s lair is up a steep narrow path, prickly bushes
  • Eric feels – frightened, determined, brave
  • Fights dragon
  • Rescues princess

(5) The Ending

  • King is happy to see daughter
  • Eric marries Princess Isabelle
  • Village celebrates
  • Big party

June 14, 2017
by leesclassroom
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GIST lesson

After my modelled GIST lesson (see previous post) use the following three paragarphs to practise creating your own:

Evidence shows that early humans have been catching since 40,000 years ago or so. Some archaeological evidence reveals shell fragments, discarded fish bones and cave painting that indicate that sea foods were important elements of prehistoric man’s diet. 

Recreational fishing can be done in a variety of ways, including hand gathering, spearing, netting, trapping and angling–the process of catching fish with hooks, lines and rods or poles.

Most people, though,  consider fishing to be the act taking fish by hook and line. You can use either pole or rod and reel to do so. Rods and reels for fishing include fly fishing outfits, spin cast fishing outfits, spinning fishing outfits and bait casting outfits. Other forms of catching fish, such as spearing or netting, vary by location and some ways are prohibited by law.

(from: https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-fishing-1311910)

June 14, 2017
by leesclassroom
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Modelled GIST Writing (original article in bold)

The GIST is defined as “the substance or general meaning of a speech or text

Other words for GIST include: main idea, theme, central idea, heart of the matter, important point, essence,

The following method is a great way to find the GIST (main idea of a text).
You’ll notice I leave out supporting details and don’t highlight any information already used.

1st paragraph:

Though “fishing” might seem to be a term that requires no definition, with nearly 38 million people engaged in the activity–most of them amateurs rather than commercial fishers–perhaps there is some merit to looking at defining what it means.

1st paragraph (keywords highlighted):

Though “fishing” might seem to be a term that requires no definition, with nearly 38 million people engaged in the activity–most of them amateurs rather than commercial fishers–perhaps there is some merit to looking at defining what it means.

GIST (based on the keywords): While fishing requires no definition it might be worthwhile doing so as there are close to 38 million amateur fishermen.

2nd paragraph:

“Fishing” can be officially be defined as the process of catching wild fish or other aquatic species from waters, either for sustenance, as a business or for sport.

2nd paragraph (keywords highlighted):

“Fishing” can be officially be defined as the process of catching wild fish or other aquatic species from waters, either for sustenance, as a business or for sport.

GIST (adding to first 20 words): Fishing, an activity completed by 38 million amateurs, is the process of catching aquatic species for food, business or sport.

3rd paragraph:

Commercial fishing is catching fish for sale, while recreational fishing is the activity of sports enthusiasts, and can be either for the purpose of eating them or the sport of catching them, or both. By some definitions, other aquatic species, such as mollusks and crustaceans are considered to be caught by “fishing” for them, but the term generally excludes harvesting fish on commercially stocked fish farms. Nor does it include sea mammals, such as whales or dolphins.

3rd paragraph (keywords highlighted):

Commercial fishing is catching fish for sale, while recreational fishing is the activity of sports enthusiasts, and can be either for the purpose of eating them or the sport of catching them, or both. By some definitions, other aquatic species, such as mollusks and crustaceans are considered to be caught by “fishing” for them, but the term generally excludes harvesting fish on commercially stocked fish farms. Nor does it include sea mammals, such as whales or dolphins.

GIST (adding to last GIST): Fishing, an activity completed by nearly 38 million amateurs, is the process of catching aquatic species for commercial or recreational reasons.

(The original text can be found at: https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-fishing-1311910)

 

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