Storytelling

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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Grade 4 Film Festival

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 in Storytelling

Grade 4 Film Festival

Last Friday, the Grade 4 students hosted a Film Festival. We invited studens, parents and teachers to come to our premiere. We screened 5 amazing digital stories, made by us! The titles were: Blaze Saves The World, A Magical Adventure, Monster Challenge, Underwater Adventure and Aliens Attack. We also provided snacks for the audience to enjoy while watching our short films. During the party, the hosts explained the 5 steps we used while making a movie. The first step was imagining (or...

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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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Shadow Puppets Tell Traditional Tales

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 in Storytelling

Shadow Puppets Tell Traditional Tales

This week, we were treated to a wonderful morning of shadow puppetry. At a local theatre, we watched beautiful puppets move to music, as they narrated traditional Chinese folktales. In one story a cheeky turtle disturbed a peaceful lake; in another, some selfish squirrels learned to work together and in the final story, a Chinese god taught woodcutters the value of honesty. When we returned to class, we explained the stories to Ms O’Dwyer (who could not understand any of the Chinese...

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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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