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The Power of Persuasion

Posted on May 8, 2013 in English

The Power of Persuasion

This week, we are learning about persuasive language. This is a powerful form of writing which can cause people to change their minds or take action. We have been practicing persuasive techniques such as repetition, rhetorical questions, exaggeration, inclusive phrases and emotive words. We are learning to balance this language with factual evidence. We always try to give a point, reason, evidence or examples, then re-state our point (PREP). Together, we wrote this memo to Ms O’Dwyer. We...

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My Awesome Sports Day

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in English, General

My Awesome Sports Day

Yesterday, the Elementary School had our Sports Day. At 1pm, Students from the BISS, BSB and the REGO Lions were all warming up excitedly on the track. The first event was 100m dash. Everyone was getting nervous and finally the wistle blew. I sped around the corner and crossed the finish line. I was in two races and got 3rd place on the first run and 1st place on the second run! I was very very proud of myself. The next event was long jump. Every competitor got a warm-up jump. When I warmed...

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Writing Super-Stars!

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in English, General

Writing Super-Stars!

Congratulations to our classmates Sajid and Benedict who won 1st and 2nd places in the Little Star Magazine Short Story Competition this year! From hundreds of entries, all over China, their stories were selected as the major prize winners. 1st Place – Sajid – for his story “Blaze Saves the World”. 2nd Place – Benedict – for his story “Aliens Adventure”. Congratulations also to Chae Yeon in Grade 3 who received an Honorable Mention for her story...

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Reading many genres!

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in English, Storytelling

Reading many genres!

During our story telling unit, we all completed Reading Contracts. We were able to choose our own fictional books to study, as long as they met 2 important criteria: - a different genre for each book - books which matched our individual reading level Each person read at least 3 chapter books in a 5-week period. After reading each book, we chose response tasks. We could choose to respond to plot, setting, character or theme. Some people wrote letters to characters, re-wrote scenes in new...

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Online Interview with Famous Author

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 in English, Storytelling

Online Interview with Famous Author

We were very excited to interview an award-winning children’s author this week, as part of our inquiry into story telling. Jacqueline Harvey is the author of the picture book, Sound of the Sea, the best-selling Alice-Miranda series and the new Clementine-Rose books. She has won Australian Book of the Year, YABBA and Koala awards. Her Alice-Miranda series includes 8 novels. (Learn more about Jacqueline Harvey here: http://jacquelineharvey.com.au/. And here:...

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Writing Workshop with Real Author!

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 in English, Storytelling

Writing Workshop with Real Author!

This week, Grade 4 met a real published author, Mr. Scott Crawford!  He has written novels, short stories and screenplays. Mr. Crawford was here at BISS to help our class write a story. He spent the whole morning with us in a writing workshop. He was a very kind gentleman with lots of great ideas for creating stories. He gave us three scenarios for different genres. Our favorite scenario was about zombies, which we chose by voting. When we finished the story, we read it and thought,...

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