This is your life

This is your first chance to begin really researching about the famous Australian you have chosen to write your biography on.

We will understand that notes can be taking using a variety of formats.

We will understand the importance of recording sources as we take notes.

I can explain the style I have used to take notes about a famous Australian.

I can record any sources I use to take notes.

Jump onto Google Images and type in ‘Note Taking Styles’

You can see that note taking looks very different depending on how you want to take notes. It’s ok if it’s a little bit messy, as long as you can read it and make sense of what you have written.
What else do you notice about how note taking looks?

Why is it important to take notes when you are researching for a project?
What notes style will you use?

I will share with you 2 links that you might like to use to start your research:

Timeline of Australian History

Famous Australians

This is your life was a TV show from when I was very little, where a biography would be ‘told’ about a famous person, while they were a guest. They would have lots of guests come along to tell things about the person.

Kathryn Apel


Today we are extra lucky, as we are receiving a visit from Kathryn Apel.
She is an author who has published many novels and picture story books.
Kathryn writes a lot with poetry, these sorts of novels are called verse novels.

If you click on the picture, it will take you to Kathryn’s website where you can read a little more of each of her books, read some reviews and find out more about poetry.

I know that lots of you are reading or have enjoyed reading books that are written in verse, this could be a new place to find some more                                                                                        reading material!

Reflecting- What’s the big deal?

I understand the purpose of reflection.

I can describe the process of reflecting.

I can complete a Frayer Model about reflecting.


Reflecting. A topic, piece of writing or conversation that often involves lots of groans and eye rolls from my kids.



It’s such an important thing to be able to do, and if you can master the skill of reflecting with purpose and effort, it’s a skill that can greatly enhance your learning and understanding.


There are a few things you will need to do.

  1. Draw a Frayer Model into your Writing Scrapbook (bigger pages, no lines to get in the way)
  2. Read this link Reflecting
  3. Fill in the areas of the Frayer Model with your own information.


After that, I’d like you to answer these questions, it’s up to you how you answer and display them (it must be able to go on your blog). You’ll need to choose an efficient way to record your answers.

What is reflecting?

Why do we do it?

How do we do it? What tools can we use to reflect?

How can it help your learning?

You won’t find these answers in the link- you’ll need to think about them for yourself!

Who was the most influential person/people during the Eureka Stockade?

We will understand the influence of people/persons on the shaping of Australia as a nation.

I can answer skinny questions to inform my knowledge

I can create a video production including reasons to support my opinion.

This is a mini project about the Eureka Stockade, to help build your knowledge of this important event, so that you can have a stronger understanding before we go to camp and so that you can understand a bit more about how this event was a powerful move towards Federation.

There are 2 parts to this mini project- the first part we will start today. They are some ‘skinny’ questions.

1)When was the Eureka Stockade?

2)Where was the Eureka Stockade?

3)What was the Eureka Stockade? What happened there?

4)Describe what life was like for the miners- find a photo/painting

5)What does the Eureka Flag look like and what does it symbolise?

I would like you to answer these questions in your inquiry  project book.

The second part, which you can be thinking about is: Who was the most influential person/people during the Eureka Stockade?

You will create a video/EE production, answering the question, including images and voice over to answer the question.
One of the images must be of their inquiry project book, including the answers to the skinny questions.


You may like to use these resources to help you:

My Place Eureka Stockade

BTN Eureka Stockade

ABC Splash Eureka Stockade Eureka Stocakde



We will understand the key people and events that lead to Australia’s Federation

I can explain the meanings of key words

I can use Cornell Notes to gather key information

I can create a brief timeline of people and events that lead to Federation

My timeline includes a date, an image/s and at least 3 sentences to describe the event.

BTN Federation-zd9jph  Please save a copy of this PDF as we will be referring to it as we learn about Federation.

A rubric for your letter

We will understand what a rubric is

We will understand how a rubric can be used


I can create a rubric to check my Sovereign Hill letter.

What’s a rubric, you say?

It can look a little like this:

Have you seen one before? The rows on the LHS are where you write in the elements that you will be checking yourself off against- to make sure that you have these things in your letter. What things would you put here?


The numbers are how you might score yourself- maybe a 4 is the very very best example, a 1 might be that you have barely included that element…

Why do you think you would use a rubric? Do you think it would be helpful to you?

What would you include in your rubric for your Sovereign Hill letter?


We will understand the elements of a Haiku poem

I can create a Haiku poem to commemorate ANZAC Day

I can recognise the syllables within each word

I can choose interesting vivid language


Some ANZAC haiku examples

How to write a Haiku

A BTN Video with good links on the RHS


When  you have written your poem, I would like you to post it on your blog. Once you have posted your poem, visit your LC and leave them some feedback on their poem.

What do you know?

We’re going to start having a look at the lead up to Federation, the actual event of Federation and then how Australia developed a ‘national identity’. But before we get too far into looking at this, you will need to do a good old bit of collecting what you already know for me….

It’s up to you how you choose to collect this information and present it to me. You could draw, write, make a quick video (nothing too fancy, mind you!), use book creator, Pic Collage or EE. You’ll need to keep what ever you create relatively short, as you will need to post what you create on your blog.

You must answer the questions below. Please put a little thought into your answers, spend some time thinking about each one. Some of them are simple one word or short sentence answers, others will require a longer response. Some you won’t know very much about yet, but I’m sure you would be able to have a guess.


Before Federation, Australia was divided into 6 separate……………………………..


Which other country might have been part of Australia?


Who was Henry Parkes?


Why were the initial attempts to become a Federation rejected?


What role did Alfred Deakin play in becoming a Federation?


In what year did Australia become a nation?


Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister?


How did Federation impact on Indigenous people and Chinese migrants?


What do you know about the Eureka Stockade?


What were some big events that have happened between 1901 and 1960?


Who were some important people between 1901 and 1960?

Planning and drafting your letter

I can plan and draft a section of my letter.

I can include appropriate historical language to make my letter authentic.

I can use the 7 steps technique of show don’t tell.

I can collect a range of interesting and historical language to include in my letter.


Have a look at these website:

Ensure you are using a range of dictionaries and thesauri to collect a range of interesting words.

Brainstorm the 6 senses to ensure you are including this language in your letter.


Copper Plate Handwriting

Develop a handwriting style that is legible, fluent and that can vary depending on context.

I understand that handwriting has evolved and changed over time for a variety of reasons.

Today we will have a look at the handwriting style you are expected to use for your good copy of your Sovereign Hill letter. Yes, it’s fancy. Yes, it’s a little bit tricky. But we will get the hang of it with a little practice.


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