Monday, 21 August 2017

Reading - Evaluate Author's Purpose

In reading we have been learning to….evaluate writer's purposes and consider how they have used structure and language to suit these purposes. (e.g.  I can make decisions about why the writer has written a piece of writing and how they have used particular structures and words to meet their purpose.)


Here is a link to our online modelling book


We have been evaluating how well an author has achieved their purpose based on:
  1. Specific Language choices made by authors.
  2. Specific Structure choices made by authors.


These documents show evidence of my learning during this unit:
(link your own learning for each of these activities. Please make sure your sharing settings are open)



My Next Step: Is to continue to apply this new knowledge and evaluate texts as I read them, checking to see that the author is meeting their intended purpose.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Term 2 Book Reveiw

Castaway: 13 year old Sam Clark's parents died in a house fire. The book tells you his journey traveling on a ship to find his brother that works at sea. He makes new friends along the way. The ship wrecks on Disappointment Island. 15 of the 28 crew members survive; Sam being one of them. For 7 months they live on this Island eating Mollymawks and Seals. They make grass huts and fight for survival. After 7 months of living on this miserable island they are rescued by a science expedition.

I would recommend this to someone who enjoys reading about history. Its a hard book to get into but its an interesting journey.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

In about week 7 of term 2 we had a leadership meeting on what we had to do to keep our positions. by the end of the term we had to have 9 blog posts. if you had 6 by the end of week 8 you got to contribute in a shared lunch.

Leaders day out

Mr Ladbrook organised for us to go to the city council for the day. we took the public but to the hospital and walked to the council building. While we were there we found out what the city council does in our community. We then split off into groups and went with a council member the learn about their role. After learning about the city council we went out for lunch then took the bus home.

Leadership meeting

We discussed something that we could do in the community. We decided to paint one of the electric green power boxes to prevent someone tagging it. We haven't taken action on this project yet but hope to in the near future.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Term 2 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Castaway
I found this novel okay because it's not the type of book I like to read.


During the novel I had to complete a thinking map which shows that I can classify how the author has shown the theme of the book.


National Standard this covers

  • Year 9/10 Standard
    • I can locate, evaluate, analyse and summarize information and ideas within texts and across a range of texts.
    • I have a large vocabulary that is connected to my own knowledge about the world and includes: - academic e.g observe vs watch - subject-specific (specific words about a subject (e.g feline) - technical terms (specialised vocabulary of a particular field.)

Overall I would give this novel a rating of  6/10 and I would / would not recommend it to others to read because some people like to read books about history and I think they would like it.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Music Term 2

For Music this term, three things I learnt were:
1. How to rap
2. New Zealand and world artist's
3. How to write a rap

Something I found challenging was writing my rap about school because I couldn't think of any good rhyming words.