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June 14, 2017
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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)

 

September 5, 2016
by leesclassroom
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Storybird Writing Challenge

Each month the creators of Storybird set out a writing challenge for Storybird users.

For the September challenge, ‘The New Kid‘ they want you to think back to a time when they tried something new for the first time.

How did it make you feel? Use your experience, and your memories of those emotions, to help you create your characters and tell your story.

 

RULES

1. Theme of the month: The New Kid – Your challenge this month is to write a picture book based on your experience trying something new for the first time. Tap into your own memories and emotions to help bring your (fictional) characters to life. Be sure not to share any personal information like your last name or your school. Remember, all stories submitted to the challenge must follow our community guidelines.

To be eligible for inclusion in the monthly roundup, you must submit your picture book by September 24, 2016.

2. Choose your artwork – Browse our library of images to find the artwork that inspires you. You can choose art by a single illustrator, or search for a keyword to use a selection of art around a particular theme.

3. Submit – When you have finished your book, select “September Challenge” on the book details page before you submit to moderation.

4. Eligibility – Any Storybird member can participate in our writing challenge. You join simply by participating. Paid membership is not required (but it will allow you to display your beautiful badges like the one shown below, receive printable certificates for each challenge, and get lots of other perks.)

Do the Challenge

You must have a Regular account for your story to appear in the public library and to be featured on our blog and to earn the badge. Stories published from Student accounts are only visible to members of your class.

August 30, 2016
by leesclassroom
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Today’s Tier 3 Words Lesson

For today’s lesson:

Identify tier 3 language in one of these readings (you might use your dictionary Chrome extension to check the meaning)

https://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEMD1LXJD1E_Earth_0.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/09/130923-typhoon-hurricane-cyclone-primer-natural-disaster/?source=hp_dl2_news_typhoon_explainer_20130924

What are some words that you might use in your information text? List them

August 1, 2016
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Updated Debate Timetable

27/7

We should give money to other countries when they suffer from natural disasters

Debate Affirmative Team: Flynn, Oliver, Ebony

Debate Negative Team: Zoe, Sasha, Luca

Judges: Roy, Kate, Liam

 

04/8

Populated areas should regularly practice what to do in preparation for natural disasters.  

Debate Affirmative Team: Lilly, Sammy E, Ryan

Debate Negative Team: Alexis, Ty, Aryaveer

Judges: Indigo, Leyla, Jake

 

17/8

Humans are responsible for most natural disasters

Debate Affirmative Team: Connor, Sammy S, Brynn

Debate Negative Team: Roy, Kate, Shanice

Judges: Alexis, Ty, Aryaveer

 

22/8

Cyclones are scarier than tornados

Debate Affirmative Team: Indigo, Leyla, Jake

Debate Negative Team: Tara, Declan, Liam

Judges: Chiara, Leo, Flynn

 

31/8

People should be allowed to build their houses in flood prone and bushfire prone areas.

Debate Affirmative Team: Alexis, Ty, Aryaveer

Debate Negative Team: Flynn, Oliver, Ebony

Judges: Connor, Sammy S, Brynn

 

07/9

Australian farmers should receive emergency payments from the government every time they experience drought conditions.

Debate Affirmative Team: Roy, Kate, Shanice

Debate Negative Team: Lilly, Sammy E, Ryan

Judges: Tara, Declan, Shanice

 

07/9

Japan should have been better prepared for the tsunami in 2011

Debate Affirmative Team: Luca, Sasha, Zoe

Debate Negative Team: Indigo, Leyla, Jake

Judges: Flynn, Oliver, Ebony

 

14/9

All houses in Darwin should be cyclone proof

Debate Affirmative Team: Tara, Declan, Liam

Debate Negative Team: Connor, Sammy S, Brynn

Judges: Luca, Sasha, Zoe

 

14/9

People should be allowed to stay and protect their properties against bushfires.

Debate Affirmative Team: Chiara, Leo, Flynn

Debate Negative Team: Shanice, Alexis, Kate

Judges: Indigo, Leyla, Jake

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