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A Disastrous Week in the Life of a High School Student April 30, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 11 English 2007.
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As you know, you’re expected to complete 5-7 entries in a diary talking about a disastrous week in the life of a high school teacher. To give you an idea of what is expected of you, I’ve written my version of a day in the life of a High School Student:

A DISASTROUS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

Day 1:
I woke up at 7.50am, after staying up late chatting to my mates on MySpace. I watched TV for half an hour while eating three bowls of “Sugar Pops” and txting more of my mates. Then I went down to Croydon Station and hung out with all the other station rats. While I was there, I got in a punch on, which made me late to school. My English teacher, who is AWESOME, was very understanding and gave me a redemption for being late. He asked me to use my imagination, which I found very very hard. It turns out I don’t have one. Weird. In the next class, I got in trouble with my maths teacher for chatting to my mates (not homies.) He sucks, like, totally.
After school, I went back to the station and got rolled by this massive dude from Ringwood. He took my English teacher’s keys, which I had stolen. Serves me right, because I am evil.
Then I went down to Eastie (the land of East) and hung out at Macca’s. I ate four big macs and then went home for dinner.
As soon as I got home, I checked my MySpace. I found I had become friends with a 45 year old man from Mexico. AWESOME! Then I chatted on MSN for, like, hours. Then I had a Nanna Nap. When I woke up I played Mario Kart on the N64. I listened to Emo music very loud and made my family angry. But I didn’t care.
It was the best day ever.

Andy and Henry: Characters and Themes March 5, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 11 English 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)

OR

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

DUE FRIDAY 10th MARCH

“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.

Internet Referencing February 26, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 08 SOSE 2007, CSC Year 09 SOSE 2007, CSC Year 11 English 2007, CSC Year 12 IP.
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How Not To Use the Internet

A little reminder about how to reference information you’ve found on the internet. You should NEVER COPY AND PASTE straight from a webpage, but you should still let people know where your knowledge has come from. If you don’t do this, you could be guilty of Plagiarism. Plagiarism is when you copy other people’s work without giving them any credit. This is illegal and can lead you to failing your assignment.

WHY CAN’T I COPY AND PASTE?

You can’t copy and paste because the work you hand in should be YOUR work. You need to show that you’ve learned and understood the work you’re doing otherwise there’s no point in doing it.

HOW DO I REFERENCE A WEBSITE?
You can do this in two ways. The main way you’ll want to be referencing a website is in your bibliography. Your bibliography is a page at the end of your assignment where you list all the books, magazines, newspapers and websites you looked at while you were doing it.

To reference a book in your bibliography, you would write it like this:

Author’s Surname, Author’s First Name. ‘Name of the Book’. Publisher: Year Published.

For example, if Joe Bloggs had written a book called “The Magnificent Penguin” which was published by Puffin Books in 2005, you would write it like this:

Bloggs, Joe. ‘The Maginificent Penguin’. Puffin Books: 2005.

To reference a website, you do much the same thing:

‘Name of page’ [Type of resource, eg. Online], the web address, (the date you looked at it.)

For example, this webpage would be referenced like this:

‘Internet Referencing’ [Online], https://mrbartlett.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/internet-referencing/, (26th February 2006.)

HOWEVER, although you often won’t be able to say who the author of a webpage is, when you can, you should.

For example, you can tell that I wrote this webpage, so you should really reference it like this:

Bartlett, Lord. ‘Internet Referencing’ [Online], https://mrbartlett.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/internet-referencing/, (26th February 2006.)

DO I NEED TO SAY WHERE I FOUND PICTURES?
Yes. You can put the web address directly underneath the pictures. Or put a note in your bibliography at the end.

WHAT ABOUT GRAPHS AND FACTS AND FIGURES?

You should do the same as you do with pictures.

WHAT IF I NEED TO QUOTE SOMEONE?
You can ‘cut and paste’ quotes but these need to be put in “” (quotation marks) and you should put a note in brackets telling us the reference.

Additional:
– You should NEVER LIST GOOGLE AS A REFERENCE. Google is a ‘jumping off point’, not a webpage in itself.
– Make sure every assignment has a list of references at the end.

Write a Poem, Win a Wii February 12, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 08 English 2007, CSC Year 11 English 2007.
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Details here: http://www.write4fun.net/competitions.asp
If you need any help getting an entry ready, come and see me.

Australia: How to Become a Citizen in One Easy Test February 8, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 11 English 2007, CSC Year 11 English Issues 2007.
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australianvalues.jpg

The Howard Government is wanting to introduce a citizenship test that all new immigrants to Australia will have to pass before they are allowed to call themselves Australian. Some of the details can be found below:

Some people are a bit worried about this:

(Be aware the second link is on the website for The Greens Political Party, so will have an obvious left-wing bias.)

Other people think it’s a great idea:

QUESTIONS:

  1. What is the cartoon at the top of this post suggesting about the citizenship test?
  2. What are some of the reasons given for the introduction of the citizenship test?
  3. What are some reasons given for people who are against the idea of the citizenship?
  4. Which arguments do you find more convincing? Explain why.
  5. What was the White Australia Policy? Research.
  6. What do you think the writer of this piece thinks of the citizenship test:

Explain your conclusion. Consider and address the following:

  • What is the purpose of the piece? (Article/Feature/Opinion Piece etc.)
  • What is the writer’s tone? If you are a reader who disagrees with the writer, how would the tone make you feel?
  • What are some of the words the writer uses to describe people who disagrees with?
  • What effect does using words such as these have on the reader’s perception of these people?
  • The article criticises people who overreact to cultural issues – people who worry that people from different backgrounds cannot comfortably co-exist – but is the writer guilty of stirring up such feelings himself?
  • When he describes Muslim areas, what are some of the words he uses?
  • What emotions do you think the writer is appealing to when he says things like’We’re seeing ethnic gangs, too, capable of pack raping women picked out for being “skips”.’ What language tools does he use to emphasise his points?
  • Do you think the writer likes Australian society as it is today? Explain your thinking.
  • The writer says immigrants who are ‘picked’ through the new test won’t need to ‘assimilate.’ Why not?

Some helpful Linguistic tools can be found in the section starting on p183 of your textbook.

Year 11 English Homework for 5/2/2007 February 2, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 11 English 2007.
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Half a page post on what you understand the term “UnAustralian” to mean. This should be posted on your blogs. If you don’t have internet access at home, then you can submit the work on paper and put it up on your blog later.

Australians February 1, 2007

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Below is a list of characteristics we came up with in class that we feel describe Australians:

Sporty

Idolise Criminals? (Chopper, Ned Kelly etc.)

Outdoors People

Working Class

Casual/Chilled Out

Tolerant

Helpful

Fighters

Australia February 1, 2007

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Here is the list of things we decided we thought of when we thought of Australia:

•    Wildlide
•    Freedom of Speech?
•    Multicultural
•    Aboriginals
•    VB/Beer/Pubs
•    BBQS
•    Outback
•    Green and Gold
•    Mateship
•    Football
•    Cricket
•    Food:
o    Meat Pies
o    Vegemite
o    Kirks
o    Lamingtons
o    Pavlova
o    Kangaroo Meat
•    Landmarks:
o    Sydney Opera House
o    Great Barrier Reef
o    Uluru
o    MCG
•    Landscape/Weather
o    Hot/Dry
o    Bushfires
o    Desert
o    Red Dirt
o    Trees & Bush
•    Clothes:
o    “wifebeaters”
o    flannels
o    stubby shorts
o    thongs
o    “Billabong”
o    mullet
•    People:
o    John Howard
o    Boonie
o    Chopper
o    Ned Kelly
o    Cathy Freeman
o    Thorpedo
o    Lleyton-Hewitt
o    Kylie
o    AC/DC
o    Steve Irwin