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!

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.

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.


Researching your letter


These are links, if you click they should open in a new tab for you. Please make sure you are using your text navigation skills and are using the links, tabs and menu bars to help you find information.

Australian Gold Rush- Attributing a photo.

Gold diggings, Ararat, Victoria, by Edwin Stocqueler, 1854

Found on: on 22/03/2017





The water trickles through the mud and sludge. The stench of stale bodies, sweat and wet earth fills the air. Gravel, stones and water slosh in pans and cradles. Picks hack at the mud and shale. The calls of miners ring out around the valley- Irish, English, Chinese, American accents mingle.

All are looking for the glint. The glint of the ever elusive gold.

Technology Use Messes With Sleep

Technology Use Messes With Sleep

Here is another article about technology use interrupting our sleep patterns.

We will Jig Saw read again. In groups of 3, choose what section you are going to read. As you read, you need to focus on Close Reading and taking notes. It will be your responsibility to explain to your group the section that you have read.

We will review our anchor charts about close reading and taking notes before we begin.

After you have read, you will need your Author book. Divide your page into 2 sections. We will write a persuasive article in the coming days about sleep and technology. With your trio, brainstorm ideas and arguments FOR and AGAINST technology use before bed.

Sleep and artificial light

Artificial Light and Sleep Disorders

Here is an article about artificial light and sleep disorders- since you were all so surprised by how artificial light impacts on your sleep!

We will Jig Saw Read.

You will need to be in groups of 3.
The article is in 3 paragraphs, choose a paragraph to read each.
As you read, you will need to be close reading and taking notes.

What does this mean? How do you do it? Why is it important?

Let’s have a look!

Skinny vs. Fat

Hi Guys,

Your fact sheets are looking terrific- engaging, interesting to read, short snippets of to the point information- well done!

The next part we need to do, is to create 2 questions for a reader to investigate. We want nice, fat, juicy, delicious questions! So what’s the difference between a skinny question and a fat question? I’m so glad you asked!

Fat questions require an answer that needs a little investigating, a far bit of thought, and there may be more than one correct answer.

Skinny questions are questions that may have a yes/no or true/false answer. Their answers can be found very quickly and easily within the text. They often don’t require much thinking or any further investigating.

Fat and skinny questions both have an important place in reading and writing, but for this activity, I’d like you to write 2 fat questions. 

So how do you write a fat question? What should a fat question start with?

Let’s have a look HERE



These websites have some great questions starters for you to use. It may take you a couple of goes to get some really juicy fat questions and you might have to share you questions with a few people to test if they are truly fat questions.