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SOSE Presentations March 30, 2007

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Here is the complete collection of presentations from this term and/or the questions you need to answer for PERIOD 1 of FRIDAY the 20th of APRIL.

These ones have the questions included in the powerpoint files:
The First Australian Car by Jessica
Burke and Wills by Brett (No Questions)
The Great Barrier Reef by Ashleigh and Steph
The First Fleet by Shannen
The Gold Rush by Christine
Phar Lap Presentation

Questions for additional presentations:
Port Arthur History
1) What was the original purpose of the settlement at Port Arthur?
2) Why do you think it was built in the location it was built?
3) Why were the extensions built on? What sort of punishment were they hoping to move toward for their prisoners?
4) Why do you think people often think Port Arthur is haunted? What reasons would there be for possible hauntings?


Vikings Assignment March 21, 2007

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Here’s the Viking Assignment you should all have finished by the end of today:

Dear Mr Howard March 15, 2007

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9D SOSE, here’s your letter writing task:
Letter to Howard

This is Due PERIOD 1 of FRIDAY the 20th of APRIL.

The Runaway Bride: Some Questions to Start! March 15, 2007

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These questions require you to analyse (or think about) how everyday objects are used in a surprising and often sinister way in the episode of Doctor Who we watched yesterday.

1. What are some ordinary objects or events that are used in extraordinary ways in ‘The Runaway Bride’?
• For example, the Doctor’s timespace machine is disguised as a phonebooth; the alien robots are disguised as..? Think of at least five events or objects.

2. Why do you think the show uses ordinary objects and everyday things in a strange and surprising way? What effect do you think it has on the viewer/reader to see everyday objects used in such a way? Is it funny? Scary? Exciting?

3. Do you think the scene on the freeway where the TARDIS is chasing the taxi would have been more or less effective if the TARDIS was a typical-looking spaceship? Why do you think this?

Now move on to the questions below!

Film Review – Doctor Who:The Runaway Bride March 10, 2007

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Our next task in class will be to write a Film Review. This film review will be on the episode of ‘Doctor Who’ we watched in class yesterday.

You’ll need some information on the people who made the episode, which can be found here:

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

You can find another review here: (
Sfx Review

Some quotes here (scroll down to the bottom): Wikiquote

And some more details here: Wikipedia Entry

Following the steps below will help you do the best you can.

Firstly, answer these questions on your blog:

• What are you reviewing? What is it about? What’s the plot?

• What is the director’s purpose? Is it to entertain or to educate?

• What genre does it fit?

• What is the tone? (Is it funny or scary?)

When and Where questions

• When was it made? Or when does the action take place?

• Where was this done? Or where does the action take place?

Who questions

• Who wrote it, directed it, or acted in it? What else have they done?

• Who are the main characters?

• Who’s the intended audience?

• Who has said what about this? Why?

How questions

• How does it convey its tone? Is it successful in making the audience feel a certain way?

• How well does it fulfill its purpose?

Evaluation questions

• Did I like this in general? Why?

• What specifically did I like/dislike? Why?

• Did the writer/actors/director do a good job? Why or why not?

• How could it be improved? Why would particular changes help?

Now you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to start writing your review. Look at the structure below to see how you should go about doing this.

1. Title – choose one that is catchy. A title can indicate if review will be positive or negative and you can try playing with words to make it funny or different

2. Paragraph 1 – Opening paragraph – can start to summarise film and give early suggestions about your general view of it (positive/negative)

3. Paragraph 2 – Start or continue summary of film, don’t give details about the ending or else no one will go and see the film!!

4. Paragraph 3 – positive things you thought about the film, what did you like? Why? Use descriptive words, think about the story, setting, effects used, music used

5. Paragraph 4 – negative things you thought about the film, what didn’t you like? Why? Comment on the same type of things that you mentioned in paragraphs 3 and 4

6. Paragraph 5 – Characterization – talk about the characters, did you like them? Did the actors play them well? What was it about their portrayal that you liked or didn’t like? Other impressions of the characters, will certain audience members be able to relate to certain characters? How? Will certain audience members not like certain characters? Why not?

7. Paragraph 6 – Final comments – general comments that summarize your view of the film, you may want to say something inspiring to get the reader to want to go out and see the film or you might say something that would want them not to go and see it! After the paragraph you would give it a star rating out of 5 to indicate your rating for it.

Common words and phrases used in film reviews that you might want to use in your own reviews;

spectacular visual effects, excessive violence, breathtaking, evocative, mood, atmosphere, poorly, unsuccessful, detail, scenery, irresistible, perfect, moments, plot, this movie has been compared to ____ because, wonderful, hilarious, momentum, unexpected plot twists, unbelievable, phenomenal, hype, suspense, disappointing, confusion/confused, fake, imitation, genre, unoriginal, typical, thrilled, was a very moving portrayal, quality of the film, I was impressed by, credible, cliché, a mixture of, classic, captivating

For more details on how to write a good film review, you can look here:


Superheroes March 8, 2007

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We’re going to be writing some imaginative stories over the next couple of weeks. To get started, we’re going to be recreating ourselves and giving ourselves some nifty superpowers. We’ve talked in class about the TV Series ‘Heroes’, where ordinary people suddenly develop ordinary powers and we’re now imagining that we are one of those people.

To get started you’ll need to answer the following questions on your blog:

1) What will your power be? Explain what you will be able to do but also explain its limitations. Remember what we discussed about needing limitations for drama. If you can do anything, anytime, then any story based around you is going to be pretty boring.

2) Why do you want this power? What will be some good things about having this power? What benefits will it bring to you/others?

3) What will some negative things be about your power? How could you power cause problems for you or those around you?

Once you’ve answered these questions and put them on your blog, you can start work on your short story.

We’re going to be writing a joint story here at http://herospace.wikispaces.com

Calvin and Hobbes: Writing Dialogue March 6, 2007

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1. Write down what happens in these comic strips as a simple conversation. Remember what we’ve learned about using apostrophes for speech.
eg. ‘Psst Calvin, pass this secret note,’ Susie said.
‘That dirty Susie Derkins!’ Calvin said.

2. Now you’ve written down all of the conversation, we need to go back and add a few more details. Good writing needs to convey a lot of information that pictures can do quite easily. For example, HOW do the characters say what they say? What kind of mood are they in? Are they speaking quietly, happily, angrily? This is where we start to use descriptive language (adjectives) to give the reader an idea of not only what is happening but what it looks like/sounds like/feels like. Where is the conversation taking place? What do the characters look like?

Rewrite the conversation above but with these extra details. It should be quite a lot longer.

eg. It was hot in the classroom. The warm afternoon sun was burning through the windows and steaming up the air inside. It didn’t help that the airconditioner was broken. Because of this, Calvin was already in a bad mood. His red and black striped shirt was damp with sweat and the jagged points of his blond hair were starting to wilt.

(These opening lines have been added to give us a sense of SETTING. Words can sometimes do this better than pictures. The cartoon doesn’t let us know what the temperature is like in the room, so I’ve made this up. A reader wants to know, so they can imagine themselves in the setting.)

The teacher, Mrs Wormwood, was busy at the blackboard. She was a large woman with a crumpled face, as if she had too much skin, like one of those bulldogs Calvin’s neighbours had.

(This character description of the teacher not only tells us what she looks like, but the way it describes her gives the reader an idea of what her personality is like. If she was described as looking like a mouse, we might imagine she was timid and quiet.)

Susie, the girl who sat in front of him, turned in her seat, holding a folded piece of paper in her hand. Susie was weird. Her mum always cut her hair in a sharp fringe that sometimes made her face look all sharp and pointy. At times she seemed to like Calvin but then would other times become irritated when he tried to get his toy tiger to eat her toy rabbit. Maybe all girls were weird like that. Now it seemed that she wanted to talk to him.
‘Calvin,’ she whispered, holding out the paper. ‘Pass this note to Jessica. It’s a secret note, so don’t read it.’
Calvin took the note. For a moment he was glad that Susie was trusting him with a secret, but then an evil thought occurred to him. Evil thoughts often occurred to him and he wasn’t very good at resisting them. A wicked smile broke out across his face. While Susie’s back was to him, he quietly unfolded the note, careful not to make any noise that would let her know what he was doing. Ha! He would learn Susie’s secret and then he could use it against her when she next told him off for feeding her rabbit to his tiger.
Slowly, slowly, his fingers opened the note and, chuckling to himself, he read its contents.
‘Calvin,’ the note said, ‘You stinkhead! I told you not to read this!’

(Again, I’ve added a lot of detail that isn’t in the comic strip. Writing a story instead of drawing it allows us to give the reader a lot more information about what the characters are thinking and feeling. We can tell the reader WHY the characters do the things they do.)

Okay, away you go! Post the results on your blog, putting the comic strips at the top of your work.

Aboriginal Post-Contact History March 5, 2007

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For those of you who missed my scintillating presentation on post-contact Aboriginal History, here’s the powerpoint. The questions are included.


Andy and Henry: Characters and Themes March 5, 2007

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On your blogs, you are to post the following:

1) An entry (one each) from both Henry and Andy, describing themselves. What do they think about themselves? What are they happy about/unhappy about? Do they like themselves? (300 words each)

Answer ONE of the following:

2) What can we learn about the book’s themes by looking at the characters of Henry and Andy?

eg. The character of Henry Lyon shows us a perspective on what it means to be a young Australian in the 21st Century…
(600 words)


3) What does the title “Boys of Blood and Bone” tell us? Discuss themes and characters? (600 words)


“Boys of Blood and Bone” – diary entries March 2, 2007

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Your next assignment is going to require you to construct some diary entries from the point of view of someone left behind while others go to war. You should have a copy of the assignment sheet, but this is to be done on your blogs. You’ll need to complete a number of different entries, each to its own post.

You’ll need to use your imagination for this a bit and think about what someone in WWI would write on a blog if they were somehow able to.

You should also create a category for these posts. You can do this when you’re writing the first post by Adding a category in the box to the right. The category should be called ‘CSC WWI Diaries’. Make sure this category is checked for this and every future post.

This assignment is due Monday the 12th of March.