Research Tools

Remember to use websites from four different countries as you research information about your topic.


  • websites
  • youtube: interviews, live footage, documentaries
  • images / pictures
  • newspapers
  • podcasts
  • interviews: history teachers, relevant adults

There are advanced tools on google so you can specify which country you would like to search and you can identify the language level you would like.

Go to ‘advanced settings’

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Choose the country you wish to source information.

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Select the reading level that is best for you.


Note Taking

Our notes from class:

* start simply – don’t try and include too much information

* keep your notes in one place – either one document or in your notebook

* use bullet points

* use sub-heading in your notes

* keep your notes organised

* make notes about ideas you want to follow up or explain or add more information to

* cite your sources – keep an ongoing record of the sites you use

* you will be required to have a bibliography


Indirect characterization

Writing a paragraph about indirect characterization.

1.Write one example of indirect characterization based on Griff in this document: Indirect Characterization – Griff examples.

2. Read this document very carefully: Example paragraphs – Griff. Discuss your understanding with the person sitting next to you. Do you have questions? Do you understand each section?

3. Write your own paragraph on what the reader learns about Griff through indirect characterization. Choose one indirect characterization method. You can type it on your computer.

4. When your paragraph is complete, and you have checked it carefully, cut and paste it at the bottom of the document: Example paragraphs – Griff.


Direct and Indirect Characterization

Learning today

There are a few things to do in your lesson today:

1. Read for 20 minutes (Yay! So much reading time.)

2. Review the use of capital letters:

3. Identify the literary elements of a play. Last week we discussed the literary elements of a novel. Work with a partner and list the literary elements of a play. Record this in your book. You may need to do some research – use the play to help you and you can spend a short time on the internet researching.

4. Still working with your partner, create a venn diagram comparing the literary elements in play and in a novel. Record this in your book.

Venn Diagram

5. Download quizlet on your ipad. Play with the app. Make a set of questions using 10 Australian words from the play.

Typhoon Day

What a fabulous day for reading and writing!

There are two tasks to do in place of our regular lesson at school today.

1. Write…rain is so inspiring. Use this image below as a stimulus for a short story. We usually write for only 10 minutes, but today spend about 30 minutes and write a story. Think of the literary elements we discussed: character, plot, setting, conflict, resolution…

Write in your notebook or on paper

Have fun with it!

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2. Make yourself a hot chocolate or a cup of tea and read for 20-30 minutes. Read a book – it can be in English or your own language.

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Exam Preparation

The Grade 7 English exam is on Tuesday, April 29th. There are many ways for you to prepare and study for the exam.

Please see the revision sheet to help you prepare for the exam. It is important you look at the TSC as well.

Ms Cox has put together a presentation to help you revise literary techniques. Please look through this and see the links to help your understanding of the techniques and how authors use them.




Learning on Thursday

* Please read for 20 minutes.

1. Vignette writing – re-read Hairs (p6) and Laughter (p17). Choose one topic and write about your family. Keep it to a maximum of half a page and use literary techniques to create images for the reader. You can be creative with your details and descriptions – it is not a scientific report.

2. Annotate a picture – choose any vignette we have read so far and use an A4 piece of paper and create a visual representation of a vignette. It could be the second hand shop in Gil’s Furniture (p19), or the house in Meme Ortiz (p21), or Esperanza’s house in the first vignette (p3), or any other vignette we have read.

  • Label your picture using quotations from the novel – use at least 6 quotations. These can be written on the back of the picture.
  • Your image can be abstract or realistic
  • It does need to look good – so use colour or shading

Have both pieces of work completed by Monday.

Our Journey of Learning – What are the relationships between texts and the real world?

Grade 7 English have just completed their unit: The Lives of Others. It is time for us to reflect on our journey of learning throughout the unit.

Here are some resources to help 7C with their blog posts.

Our Journey of Learning wall – there are some insightful, considered and perceptive comments on this wall. It is amazing to read your journey from knowing facts to exploring concepts.

What makes a good blog post?– it was impressive to see you create this as a class, and to read your informed comments based on your prior experience and knowledge.

The TSC is important for you to look at as you construct your blog post.

Here are our thoughts about the structure of a blog post.

Finally, feel free to look at the blog posts of other to get some ideas of effective blog post. I am really looking forward to reading about your journey.


What are the relationships between texts and the real world?

In class we made connections between life during Apartheid and Journey to Jo’burg.

Create a similar mindmap for the book you finished this week.