Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Collaborative Story Due 13/6

Over the next two weeks you are to write a story in a group.  The groups are below.  You are to write at least two paragraphs each.  The first person in the group writes theirs and then the second person in the group carries on the story over on their blog and so on.  You can comment on the next persons blog, facebook them or tell them in class that it is their turn - they have been tagged in.

If you don't have internet access you need to write it on paper then hand it in to me to go up on your blog.

The first person has to pick and include three of the following topics.  They need to appear in each part of the story unless someone writes them out:
-Elderly man

The groups are:
Group 1:

Group 2:

Group 3:

Group 4:

Group 5:
Mitchell F
Mitchell H

Group 6:

Group 7:

Group 8:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

3 Day Episodes Due 6/6

Your task this week is to come up with your own 3 Day Episode that could run next time we have them at school.

What would you call it?
What would you do each day?
Is there a trip?
How much does it cost?
What independent learning qualities will people develop?

Post up your plan and include pictures that illustrate the type of learning that might take place during your 3 Day Episode.

I will try get you feedback on your stories from last week soon.  We'll get them ready to be submitted for the competition before it closes :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Home learning Due 23/5

Your home learning for the next two weeks is to write a short story to enter into the BNZ Literary Awards for the Young Writers category.

You can read about the competition here.
I expect to see something next week when your home learning is usually due in so that I know you have made a decent start (or get a completed draft done so I can give you feed back and then you can spend the next week fixing it up).

If you have no idea where to start I have some story spinners you can use in class to give you prompts (pop in as I don't see you guys for a while) or try googling writing ideas or story starters.

Friday, May 4, 2012

What other blogs are there? Due 9/5

This week I want you to have a search around on the internet and find some other blogs to read.
If you like them, follow them so you get a little update on your blogger home page when you log in.

If you choose to follow the other blogs publicly, they will show up in a list on your blogger profile.  Looking at other people's profiles might be a good way to find some new blogs to look at :)
Sometimes bloggers have a list of blogs they like on the side of their site and you might find some cools sites that way too.
Bloglovin is a great site for following blogs and finding new ones too.
Or, you could do a classic google search.

Write a summarising 3 - 5 blogs you follow to tell the rest of the class about them.  Here's a little mock up of the type of thing I am after using my baking one as an example:

Baking Makes Things Better
Baking Makes Things Better is a baking blog run by two friends, Melissa and Courtenay.  They met each other at university before they both got jobs teaching English at the same school.  While they were working together Melissa set up a shared baking blog and although Courtenay has since moved out of Auckland they both continue to contribute to it.  Each week they post up new recipes and photos of things they have tried out.  I like Baking Makes Things Better because the food looks delicious, the content is regularly updated and the authors usually write a little paragraph before they post up the recipe.  I would recommend this blog to anyone who likes baking or eating sweet food.  You can find their blog here or check out their facebook page here.