Poetry

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Hi everyone,

Poetry. It is an art that is used to communicate emotion and thought. Today I would like to share with you a poem that I created inspired by a book I am reading at the moment called War Nurse. War Nurse is about a youngish girl who when there was possibility of a war breaking out, she trained and signed up to become a VAD. A VAD is basically a nurse who works at a hospital that the injured soldiers who have come from war are transported to to be treated and looked after. My poem will be in the style of Verse. With this poem, the name tells you all you need to know about how it works. It is a shortish piece that consists of about 3 or 4 verses of writing conveying strong emotion or great description. Metaphors and similes are mostly what takes up the space of verses as poems are all usually filled with these sorts of writing techniques.

 

This is what I came up with. It is called Soldiers of War.

 

SOLDIERS OF WAR

 

Brother, son, father, husband,                                                                                                                                                                   Burned in the flames of revenge,                                                                                                                                                             Fear still frozen on his grey, lifeless face,                                                                                                                                               Like footprints in pure white snow.

 

Unable to turn back,                                                                                                                                                                                   A man in Moss green felt,                                                                                                                                                                           Fedora atop his head,                                                                                                                                                                                   Thinks of the easy days,                                                                                                                                                                               That lay. Firmly in his past,                                                                                                                                                                         While piercing gun shots fire,                                                                                                                                                                     Exploding from the wooden barrel of the enemy’s death machine.                                                                                                   A single tear rolls down his face,                                                                                                                                                               As he thinks of his wife and children.

 

His sad eyes cut deep,                                                                                                                                                                                   Slicing through my heart                                                                                                                                                                             Like a butcher’s knife,                                                                                                                                                                                 Cutting through rancid meat.

 

Soldiers of war,                                                                                                                                                                                             Knights marching bravely across the chess board,                                                                                                                                Nearing checkmate.

 

The point of no return.

 

Poppies crushed,                                                                                                                                                                                           Under their strong armour,                                                                                                                                                                         Innocent ruby gems,                                                                                                                                                                                     Amongst utter chaos.

 

 

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes a great, interesting read or who likes historical fiction books because this book is basically just that. It gives great description which is why I got inspired by this book to create that poem you just read.  You can find it at the library in, like i said before, the historical fiction section or the section on war.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post and I encourage you to read watch out for any of my new posts on my Passion Project because I have nearly finished it, but for now, Bye!

 

Author Inquiry

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Hi everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing with you the research I have been doing about Jacqueline Harvey, the author of a book I am reading at the moment. It is called Alice Miranda at the Palace. Two other books written by her are the Clementine Rose series and her first book, The sound of the sea.

Here are some interesting facts about her.

  1.  She is most famous for her two book series Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose.

2. Her first series, Alice Miranda, was originally meant to be a picture book.

3. She lives in Sydney and is planning to write more books in the Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose series.

4. Her Hobby is to play golf in exotic locations.

5. It wasn’t until November 2012 that Jacqueline Harvey became a full-time writer.

6. She grew up in Camden NSW which then was  a small, rural town south-west of Sydney.

7. She usually writes in the genre Juniour Fiction – ranging for people from 7-12 years old.

8. Jacqueline Harvey’s goal is to write entertaining, high quality books that children around the world will genuinely enjoy reading.

 

She is a great author and I recommend you read one of her books, picture book or one of the series she has written, I think that either is good. Jacqueline Harvey writes to kids our age up to adults – Picture story books AND novels as well as series books.

 

 

Passion Project Production

Hi Everyone,

 

I have finally reached the production stage of my passion project! I have planned and brainstormed up to this point to actually create my passion project. I have 4 paintings which i have pinned to my pin board with white paper underneath them so that i can write anatations about each painting next to it and tips on how to do a good watercolour painting. I have based them on the beach, the great ocean road, flowers and the Sydney harbour bridge.

The hardest part was finding the inspiration for the painting and actually painting it. It was hard because i couldn’t think of any topics that were not easy or hard to paint and that looked good. Painting it was hard because i had to try and get the right colours and perspective for the certain types of scenery and get the proportions right so everything looked realistic.

I overcame the challenges by thinking of paintings i have done before and using that as a starting point to create one using the same idea but differently.

Some good things went my way though! I got the perfect colour for the water in the beach scene and a good gradient in the great ocean road scene. I loved the way i got a great colour gradient between blue and yellow for a sunset.

Overall it was fun, challenging and educational. Look out for my next post about getting Feedback on my Passion Project!

Watching Words

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Hi Bloggers,

Today I am going to talk about words. They don’t sound interesting but trust me, they really are. There are so many different ways you can vary them and it is just amazing what emotions words you can feel just by hearing a bunch of them all together, skillfully made to make you feel that way. But there are some particular words I am going to be paying close attention to. These include Malignant, Repugnant, Deter, Ambivalent, Automaton and Biennale all from the book The Clock work Three, which I have recently done a different post about. Let’s take a closer look at them.

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Malignant – Full of hate with and a desire to harm

 

2. Repugnant – Distasteful or un Pleasant

 

 

3. Deter – To discourage or prevent from doing something

 

 

4. Ambivalent – Having opposite or conflicting feelings about someone or something

 

 

 

5. Automaton – A mechanical device made to imitate a human being

 

 

6. Biennale – An exhibition usually of art shown every two years

 

 

These words are so cool I thought you would like to see them. Once again I recommend this book to children my age up to adults because it is kind of grown up but also written for my age group. If you like books based in an older age that fit into the genre historical fiction or just normal fiction, than this is for you!

Planning for Passion Project

Hello Bloggers,

I’m past the ispdeas stage and planning for my Passion project! I have got my idea and I know what I am going to work towards. Now I am planning out in my head when I am going to make the big painting, when I am going to be blogging and estimating when I should we ready to produce. So far I am using my own chart to keep myself on track and so I know what I am doing and when I am doing it.

My plan is that this week, I will start the production stage and get the big painting on the way as well as putting the paper on the pin board AND do another blog post to keep you updated. In week 7 I will finish the big painting and get some feedback on what to fix and then in week 8 – 9 I will just generally finish the whole thing.

I think with the this plan, I will DEFINATELY get it finished by week 9 if I follow it right.

Look out for my next post about the production stage of my passion project!

Passion Project Ideas

Hi Bloggers,

 

In week 2 of this term, we have started on a new project called a Passion Project. It is part of our home learning and as the name suggests, it is about one of our passions. Before we began, each person had to think of their own personal passion, something they felt a connection with or is a big part of their life. I had a few topics to choose from but one stuck out at me. Water colour. I have Water colour art in my blood. My Nan paint, my uncle paints, and my aunty from the other side paints. I just love picking up a brush and doing a painting so I decided to do Water colour as my passion project. It was hard to choose because I do love a lot of others things I am Passionate about but this one is really close to me.

At first I was going to do a film on how to do water colour and to give tips and things like that. I changed my mind because everyone else were doing films and I didn’t really feel like a film would work for painting so I then chose to do a display of my work instead of an instructional film. I thought if this because I have a Pin board in my room which I don’t really use that much so I thought it would be a good idea to put white A4 paper on top of it to give it a cleaner, newer look and then pin my painting on it with anatations about them on the white paper next to it. So far I have 5 small A4 sized paintings and I am going to do one, big one on the back which will be like the focus. I am going well with this so far and think I will get it finished by week 9.

 

If you have a Passion, why don’t you create a project with it. It is fun, educational and you get to explore deeper into what you connect with.

Events

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Hello Bloggers,

 

Today I am posting about events that I have read in a book. I will be ordering them and they from 1 to 10. The book I have chosen is called Punchlines. It is a book by Oliver Phommavanh  . He visited the school last year and did a talk about his books. They them put them for sale at the Library and I bought one.

  1. The main Character Johnny Khamka realises that yeah, he did like to make people laugh for fun, but now he wants to take it  professionaly and become a comedian.
  2. His homeroom teacher announces that there will be a comedy competition and that they will be entering a couple of people if they wanted to.
  3. Johnny is ecstatic about the comp and has come up with a few lines already.
  4. Finally the day is here, The funny Bones Comedy Competition. Johnny kills it and the crowd love him. He’s through to the next round!
  5. Johnny starts working on his routine for the second round and makes some jokes about his friend Razeal and his girlfriend Kristen. He has also started going to to a club called the Jokey Pokey to get some experience with stand-up with out his dad’s permission.
  6. Johnny is so fed up with his family friend Josie’s Boyfriend Ken that he decides to make another mean joke about people he cares about and puts it in his set for the next round.
  7. After going behind his dad’s back for a while, he is caught and banned from the Jokey Pokey AND THE FUNNY BONES COMP!
  8. Johnny is really annoyed and fed up with his dad and goes to the comp anyway with his mum’s permission and not his dad’s
  9. His routine with the mean, terrible comments doesn’t go down well with his friends or the judges and doesn’t get through to the finals. On the other hand, he wins his dad’s opinion over and now has both parents supporting him.
  10. Finally Johnny gets Razeal and Josie to forgive him, even though he doesn’t get though, he is happy because he has balanced out his life and know’s what he is going to continue with in the future with EVERYONE helping him along the way.

I hope you would consider reading this book because I think it is a great book. I didn’t give all the details so if you read the book you won’t know exactly what happens.

Catching the Reader

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Hi Bloggers,

Today I am going to talk about what draws a reader to pick up a book and read the blurb. I’m talking about the colours, the title and what hooks you. I seem to like bright colours and patterns. I like things that stand out or grab my attention. The book I am going to look at is called Clockwork Three. It is about three people who are completely different but their destinies are intertwined. It sounds really confusing but if you want to know more, get the book!

 

The reason I find this cover so enticing is because just the way they have put the three characters in the front and making it 3D so they are looking at something. The detail adds to the fact that it IS a detailed book.

 

Getting started on the title, I can’t get over how cool it is that the author has put the characters, three of them, into the title Clockwork Three and how they put the Clock part into the cover and mini blurb with the gears in the cover an din the blurb it says.. ‘ Their stories come together like the turning gears of a clock.’ I thought that was really interesting.

There really isn’t anything I would change about this cover I think it is perfect.

I hope you feel like reading this book now because I really like it and would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy or historical fiction books.

Math’s Shape Animation 2D to 3D

Hello Bloggers,

 

In Math’s Project this term so far, we’ve looked at 2D and 3D shapes and their 2D nets. Another thing we have been looking at is the Vertices, faces, apexes and edges. The shapes we have focused on are Triangular prisms, square based pyramids, triangle based pyramids, pentagonal prisms and a few others. After we had researched these shapes and learned a lot about the different 2D nets we chose groups of 3 or 4 and were asked to choose one 3D shape. We were asked to create a short film with a great storyline, good audio and it had to incorporate the facts about the shape you chose into it somehow.  I was in a group with Abbi and Samantha. Our film was about saving pandas because we used a pentagonal prism for the cage that the pandas were transported in.

 

The hardest most difficult part was the wires connecting to the pentagonal prism so we could lift it in. It was so hard to use them because they kept breaking off and swinging around, it was overall challenging to control them. it was also difficult to get the voice overs to match the footage and fit together in the film.

 

I learned that it is really hard to make a stop motion right the first time because everything needs to be perfect and you can’t have a hand in one single picture without ruining it.

 

If I could have the chance to do this again I would of put the chrome key on because in our editing stage we didn’t have enough time and I would of added the music we chose into the finished version.