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Jetty Rats Assignment: Pulling Threads from the Plot October 19, 2006

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This part of the task can be done in pairs. 

Using a method of your own choosing, create a map of the various plot threads within “Jetty Rats.” Think of each event as a stop in a train line. At some stops a number of the plot threads (or lines) will converge (meet up). You’ll need to explain what part of the story each stop represents. Where will each line end? Will every plot thread end up at the same place? Be inventive – use a different colour for each line. (You should have at least 6 lines with at least a dozen stops per line.)



Choose one of the following topics. (Answering Question 1 will allow you to be marked at a much higher level.)

This part of the assignment must be done on your own. 

Question 1:

Choose at least
three plot threads from “Jetty Rats” and explain how they link up. You’ll need
to explain what each plot thread is about, what they have to do with the main
story and, most importantly, why they resolve the way they do. Do they have a
happy resolution? Are they dependant on other plot threads resolving at the
same time?

This part of the
assignment needs to be structured as an essay, with a paragraph for each plot
thread. (500-600 words)

Question 2:

Hunter changes a
lot in the space of a few weeks (his summer holidays.) Write a story about a
time that you (or a character you create) goes through a similar amount of
changes. How did you (or your character) change? Why did you change? Were the
changes a good or a bad thing?



1) Decide which Plot Threads you will map.

2) List the “stops” or events on each plot thread.

3) Start thinking about how your lines will intersect. (Remember some plot threads will intersect a number of times.)

4) Design your map.



You can download a copy of the assignment from here: Jetty Rats Assignment

The London Underground Maps

The London Underground (Disorganised Version) 

Melbourne Transport Map 


8D Friday the 13th: Doctor Who October 12, 2006

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Today we’re going to start working on a review of the episode of Doctor Who we watched on Wednesday. To do this, you’ll first need to type up the questions below (these are the same questions you should have done for “Wallace and Gromit”). Once you’re done, use the steps in the post below to complete a review.

When your review is completed, post it (and the questions) on your blog.

You’ll need some information on the people who made the episode, which can be found here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/episodes/2005/rose.shtml (Use the “Fact Sheet” down the bottom.)

The writer was Russell T. Davies and the director was Keith Boak. All the other important details should be on the Fact Sheet.

You can find some other reviews here: (scroll down to “27 March 2005 :: First press reviews”)


If you complete this, write a post about the effect using ordinary in extraordinary ways can have on a viewer or reader. Why do people write stories that make the real world seem magical or strange? Why do we like them?

Back to School Blues October 2, 2006

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Welcome back! To celebrate your return, here are three fun tasks for you to complete.

1) Write a short story on your blog called “Why People Should Be Jealous of My Holidays” (if you had a good break) or “Why No-one Would Be Jealous of My Holidays” (if you didn’t).

2) Write a paragraph reviewing a friend’s mini-novel. You all should have read at least one other novel but if you haven’t you can do so now. Your review will need the following:

  1. A description of what happens in the novel. Who are the main characters? What are they like?
  2. What you liked about it.
  3. What you think the writer could improve. (Be constructive – think what you would like to hear had you written the novel.)

3) Write another post explaining how you are going to change your novel for its second draft. What areas do you think need work?