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