Just for laughs…maybe not

Last week we began work on our  I AM poems.

For some of you, getting started proved to be difficult. We discussed what it means to ‘work tough’ and that creating is one of the hardest types of thinking we can be asked to do at school.  ( According to our Blooms chart that is. )  Tim, you found  a website that automatically, or at the very least, with little thought needed, creates poems for you. But that’s cheating isn’t it?

We proved that persistence pays off and many of you are well on the way to publishing your poem. I’d like to know how you felt you achieved on this task?

Now, just for fun, you may like to explore this website.

giggle poem




Yes, I know it’s August but…

“When given a  choice between being right and being kind, chose kind.” This is a direct quote from Wonder by R.J. Palacio… the ‘September Precept’. You might like to share with your parents,what meaning this has for you.

This afternoon we viewed a short video clip…Danny Kaye singing

“The Ugly Duckling”. (And no…this time he wasn’t playing the role of a court jester.)

I’d like to know what hidden  message you received from this short clip? What connections can you make between this and our class novel Wonder?

Boy Overboard…

Our class ‘read aloud’ text for this term is Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman. Many of you would be familiar with his humorous stories such as Misery Guts, Blabber Mouth and Worry Warts…lots of laughs!

So what about Boy Overboard?   This novel certainly contains some humour, that’s for sure. ( Judging from the quiet giggles from the audience. By the way, that’s you, 5A .)

However, you do not have to think too deeply to recognise that, in sharing the story of Jamal and Bibi ( the main characters), there is much more to tell. As we read, we make connections,. The stories become real.

Below is a link to a BTN segment ‘Afghanistan’.  This video deals with some sensitive issues and as such, you might like to involve mum or dad in this homework task .


I’d really value your response to these questions…

What ‘text to text’ or ‘text to world’ connections pop into your head as you watch this BTN segment? Would like swap places with  Bibi and Jamal?

What ‘big questions’ to you have?








Inside a Dog…

Do you have difficulty finding novels that interest you?  Would you like to compose your own book review and publish it?

‘Inside a Dog’ is a website that allows you to search an ‘online library’. You can search by genre, title or author. You can read reviews written by students like yourself.  And best of all…if mum or dad allow you to register, you can compose and publish your own book review. 



Gallipoli…a soldier’s tale

                                                                                        The Rising Sun

Put yourself in the place of a soldier on the Gallipoli Peninsula. That is what this task is asking of you.

Who are you? What battalion do you belong to? Who are you writing to you? What experiences have you had?

   I would love you to tell me. 


Another question… Can you give a name to the image above?