Farewell 2014

School is over for the class of 2014. We have created, explored, questioned and worked our way through four terms together. Our grade 6 classmates have been farewelled and are now off to High School next year. We wish them all the best in the next stage of their learning and hope that they may drop by our class blog and leave a comment.

Mrs S found this very short video to share as the last post for 2014. It contains a very simple but powerful message for us all to remember.

The video comes from a website she found that has many useful tips about creating sketchnotes to help you record ideas and thoughts that you would like to remember. Sketchnotes are a visual thinking tool that use a combinations of words, quick sketches and connectors to create notes about an idea or topic. We used sketchnotes throughout the year in our Monday journals to keep a record of our weekend experiences, thoughts and ideas.

Have you heard of sketchnotes? How would you use sketchnotes to help you at school? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

The Phantom Tollbooth

Over many Mondays Mrs S read The Phantom Tollbooth to us. We followed Milo’s adventure through trials and tribulations until he was successful in his quest. In a previous blog post we shared our work on idioms after we discovered the many idioms used by Norton Juster in his book.

After finishing the story we drew pictures of the demons Milo and his companions met and then Mrs S shared the movie version of the story with us. This was released in 1970. Mrs S asked us to compare the two storylines as we watched. It was also interesting to see the props and costumes used in the film especially the telephone with its dial and cords. Some of us preferred the book and were disappointed at the number of characters missing in the film version.

The main character in the story is very interesting as he changes so much from the start to the end of this book. We worked on some bio poems and chose to portray Milo at either the beginning or the end of the story. Please read our work and see what you can find out about Milo at the beginning and end of The Phantom Tollbooth.

 Have you read a book where the character changes in lots of ways from the start to the finish of the story? Have you read The Phantom Tollbooth? Can you suggest another story where the author uses lots of figurative language? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts?

Thinking About Our Reading and Writing – Author’s Purpose

Image created by Bev Evans.
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On Monday we spent a little bit of time talking about why authors write. Interestingly many of our class listed earning money as one of the main reasons that authors write. Is this really why people write?

Other ideas suggested were that authors write to entertain us, to teach us something, to explain an idea, to convince us about an idea or to share a story.

After doing some web browsing I found lots of suggestions for why authors write. Writers or authors are artists who love to create. They use words rather than paints, crayons, clay, pencils, cameras or pastels for their creations. Some write for no other reason than they enjoy creating with words. There are ideas and stories inside their heads that are waiting to be shared by being written down and maybe published as a book, an e-book or a blog post that others get the opportunity to read.

When we are reading and writing we become better readers and writers if we are able to be aware of the purpose behind an author’s work. Why are they writing their work in a particular style? What do they want their audience to take away from their work?

Mrs S found some great online images created by another teacher that explain some of the purposes that authors might have in mind when they are writing.

Image from http://www.newliferookie.blogspot.com

Image from http://www.newliferookie.blogspot.com

Image from http://www.newliferookie.blogspot.com

Have you created a piece of writing that fits into one of these categories? Can you add a comment to this post to share a great book, e-book or blog post and tell us what the author’s purpose was?