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Reading Reflection: Charles – 5 Facts of Fiction (Week 4)

Fact #1: Fiction is all about a character.
The more you know about your character the more you care about them. The author chooses them to be this way for a reason. What are those reasons?
– If the author wrote about Laurie/Charles as a good character who always obeyed the rules, it wouldn’t be as interesting.
Who is the main character?
– Laurie/ Charles, the story is about Laurie pretending to be Charles.
What does he or she look like?
– Laurie wears blue jeans, a belt and a cap, and ‘Charles’ doesn’t wear a jacket.
Can you describe your character’s personality?
– Laurie/ Charles is a trouble maker, he is quite mischievous.
How does this character get to be this way?
– Laurie probably didn’t know how to behave properly since he had never been to school, then continued with the same attitude because of all the attention he was getting

Fact #2: Fiction is all about what your character wants. 
What does your character want more than anything else?
– I personally think that Laurie wants to act older and more mature. I also think he might want attention.
Why does your character want it?
– Because now that he is at school he wants to fit in by acting older.
Some characters want a lot, some want a little. It doesn’t really matter so long as what your character wants is extremely important. The more important it is, the more your character will do to get it, and that’s what makes the plot so interesting.

Fact #3: Fiction is all about how your character gets or does not get what he or she wants.
Is your character successful?
– If Laurie wanted to get attention then he was successful, since he got a lot of attention, but it wasn’t good attention.
– If Laurie wanted to act older, he was partially successful, since he acts older, but not in a good way, he acts ruder and meaner.
Or does your character’s quest end in failure?
– If Laurie wanted to act older or get attention, he was mainly successful, just not in a good way.
Does what they want change?
– If Laurie wanted attention or to seem older, his objective doesn’t change much, although in the middle of the story it mentions how ‘Charles’ (Laurie) is good for a while, but then he turns bad again.
Either way it can still be a great story. How does your character succeed or fail?
– They get what they want, but they don’t necessarily get it in a good way, if they wanted attention, sure, they got attention, but it was bad attention, not good attention.
What obstacles does your character encounter? What solutions does your character craft to meet the challenges of his or her world?

Fact #4: Fiction is all about how your character changes.
How does your character change as a result of what happens?
– Laurie starts acting better around the middle of the story, possibly because of all the negative attention he is getting, but then he starts acting bad again.
What was your character like at the beginning?
– At the very beginning, Laurie was a young, sweet toddler, who then turned ‘bad’.
What is your character like at the end?
– Pretty much the same as the start (not very well behaved.).
What has your character learnt?
– Laurie learnt that not all attention is good, then he started acting better, but after that he was bad again, which confused me.
What did you learn from reading the story?
– I didn’t really learn anything

Fact #5: Fiction is all about a world an author creates.
This makes the story believable… How did the author create the world of this story?
– This world is very similar to our present world, but I think it was set a while ago, because of the punishments, clothing and teaching material.
What kinds of people, places, things and ideas did the author include?
– I think that the author tried to use realistic people and places to make the story more believable.
What successes, disasters and conflicts does this world have?
– I think that we didn’t learn enough about the world they were living in to answer this question.
What are the good things in this world? What are the bad things? How does the setting help the author explore their theme? Complete the following sentence: “This is a world where…”
– This is a world where everything is the same as normal, the world isn’t any different to ours.

B.T.N. Weedy Sea Dragon

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Green = Questions

The Weedy Sea Dragon.
Weedy Sea Dragons are native Australian Sea Dragons that live in the South and East Coast.  They often just drift around in the ocean, blending in with the kelp. Unfortunately, the Weedy Sea Dragon is currently classified as ‘Near Threatened’ but they might be becoming extinct. To work out how many are left, marine biologists are asking ‘Citizen Scientist Divers’ to take photos of each dragon they spot and send the photos in.  The researchers then use a facial recognition software to identify each dragon’s unique patterns. Each time they identify a new dragon they give it a name to help keep track of it. I wonder how long it will take them to find each Sea Dragon. Scientists think that a big part of the problem is climate change. They say that rising sea temperatures are killing the kelp, which is where the dragons live, leaving them homeless. I wonder what people are doing to stop climate change. I understand that climate change is a big problem and affects animals such as the Weedy Sea Dragon, and leaves them endangered or extinct. 

Excursion to the Aquarium.

Today the 5/6’s went to the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium. We went to learn more about our topic, adaptations of plants and animals, in the sea. Some of the animals we learnt about include; a lungfish, a salt-water crocodile and a cuttlefish. A lungfish has adapted so they can survive in a draught. As well as having gills like other fish, they have lungs so they can breathe air as well as water. The salt-water crocodile stays still, waiting for it’s prey to come to it. They can hold their breath for 2 hours so they can hide in the water. They also can survive without eating for 12 months, so if they fail to catch food they can just wait until they can catch some, without starving. All of these features help them catch food. The cuttlefish can camouflage by changing colour and features. This helps them protect themselves from predators. We also saw; penguins, frogs, sharks, stingrays, fish, sea dragons, sea stars and lizards. Lots of the animals could camouflage or had adapted in some way to help them survive. After seeing all the animals and how they have adapted to hide from predators or catch prey, I wonder if the sea animals have adapted to the weather/temperature.
Some of the photos:
The Link to the aquarium                     Website: Melbourne aquarium

B.T.N. Skinny Model Laws

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This B.T.N article was about models being pressured to loose weight, which can be unhealthy. Experts say that images of unhealthily skinny people allover magazines and the media, can effect young people to think that looking this way is fine and normal. But lots of the time the images aren’t even real, they’ve been digitally altered using photoshop. Italy, Israel and Spain, have already introduced laws preventing models from working if they’re unhealthily skinny, and now France has stepped in too. Since France is known as being one of the ‘fashion capitals’ it is a big deal. The new law says that companies can only hire models if they have a doctors certificate saying they are healthy. If a company breaks this law then they could be fined up to $100 000 and their staff could spend up to 6 months in jail. The law also says that is a company alters the photo, they need to say so, by having ‘retouched photograph’ printed on it. If this law is broken, advertisers could be fines up to $55 000. I now understand what the laws enforce and why it’s important. I wonder when Australia will create the same or a similar law. I wonder why companies had to be forced to not make their models look unrealistic and why they couldn’t just make them normal in the first place. 


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 Anh Do is a comedian and author who was born in Vietnam and fled to Australia with his family when he was 2. They spent 5 days at sea and had 2 pirate attacks along the way. They were rescued by a German ship who threw Anh Do’s father a axe since he could only rescue them if their boat was sinking. They were rescued and continued on their journey to Australia. When they arrived they were greeted by 2 nuns who gave them a bag of clothes. The translation got mixed up and they were given little boy’s clothes and little girls clothes. Their mum was too polite to complain so she dressed Anh Do’s little brother ( Khoa Do ) as a girl. I wonder how hard and scary it would have been to be on that boat and have encountered 2 pirate attacks. I wonder how they were treated by other people when they arrived in Australia. I understand that their situation would have been hard, especially since they wouldn’t have spoken much English. I wonder how their experience would have been different to other immigrants and refugees. 

Anh Do later wrote a book called ‘The happiest refugee’ and a picture book called ‘The Little refugee’ describing his experiences as a refugee. His brother Khoa Do won the ‘Young Australian of the year’ award in 2005. 




Video Reflection: Federation Explained.

The link to the video: federation-explained

Australia could have been very different if people made different choices. For example if Abel Tasman decided to stay in Tasmania, when he first discovered it in 1642, we could all be speaking Dutch. One decision that made a huge impact on Australia today was federation.

In the 1850’s there were six colonies, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.  The territories came later. Each colony had its own defence force, trade policies, and even train tracks, meaning you would have to get off and change trains to travel across the border. The colonies decided that if they joined together as one country, they would be able to defend themselves better against other countries. Some of the bigger and richer colonies like New South Wales and Victoria worried about the fact that they might have to share money with they smaller, poorer colonies like Tasmania and Western Australia. The smaller colonies were worried that the bigger colonies would have too much power. To make it more fair they decided that each colony would have the same amount of senators. Federation was in 1901.

It wasn’t equal for everyone though. Up until 1902, women weren’t allowed to vote. The aboriginals weren’t allowed to vote until 1962, and they weren’t even counted as a part of Australia’s population until 1971.

I wonder why they created the territories if they already had the six states / colonies. I wonder what it would have been like if we didn’t have federation. I understand that if Australia hadn’t federated and become one country, life would be very different.

Safer Internet Day Webinar Reflection:

Today we did a Webinar with the rest of Victoria for Safer Internet Day. It talked about how to be safe online and making sure you keep your information private. It followed a story about a competition where you had to post a video of yourself online. It showed how you can get lots of hate online and that can be hurtful. It said that a useful way to keep your information to yourself is to set all your accounts to private. If someone tries to bully you, you could block them or report them to the site you are on. You should also tell a teacher or a trusted adult like a parent, aunt, uncle, neighbour, coach, friend’s parents etc. Another thing it mentioned was people who you don’t know trying to contact you online. Our goal number one was to be safer online by not giving out details. Our goal number two was to talk to an adult about what we are doing online. The session was helpful and had lots of useful information.

St. John’s First Aid Incursion.

On Wednesday the 14th of September we had an incursion from St. John’s First Aid teaching us about what to do is someone is unconscious. We learnt about the D.R.S.A.B.C.D. which stands for:

D anger: Look for any hazards.

R esponse: Check to see if they are conscious by checking for a response

S end for help: Contact triple zero.

A irways: Check to see if the airways are blocked

B reathing: Check if they are breathing. If they are then put them in the recovery postion.

C P.R.: If they are not breathing use C.P.R.

D efibrillation: We didn’t learn about this one.

We learnt how to do the recovery position

1- Put the far arm out to the side.

2- Put the closer arm on the opposite shoulder

3- Bend the closer leg so it is off the ground

4- Use the closer leg as a fulcrum to move the person on their side

5- Move the lever leg to a right angle

In C.P.R., I learnt that when you are doing it you position over the bottom half of the chest and push approximately 1/3 of the chest down. Every thirty pushes you do two breaths. I learnt that C.P.R. stands for, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

I learnt heaps from this incursion and I hope I never will have to use it.