Who/What am I?

Book week is so exciting!

I love seeing everybody’s costumes and everybody getting into character. I like hearing about all these books this week too. This years winner was “Flight” by

So, heres a little quiz for you to solve about books…

Can you guess my character??

  1. The character is from a picture book published by the author Jackie French in 2002 and illustrated by Bruce Whatley.
  2. It got an award for the ALA Notable Children’s Books.
  3. The book is about a native Australian animal that is brown, lives in burrows, short-legged (like me..), muscly, 1m in length and have short stubby tails! They are very strong and are very profuse diggers. Their burrows can be 30m+ long! They are mammals, marsupials, and there are two types. Bare-nosed and hairy-nosed. Both are utterly adorable. Most Australians have actually never seen a wild ______, but I have! They are so stubby and cute. Like little poof balls. _____ are an endangered species. They are only native to Australia.
  4. The animal in the book to eat not only roots, but carrots, trash and doormats.
  5. There are five books I know of about school, babies, christmas, normal life and races.
  6. The book consists of a diary of a _______.
  7. The animal basically just eats, scratches, sleeps and takes dust bathes.
  8. The animal can be light brown, brown, dark brown and black.

?? Japanese Culture ??

?? Japanese Culture ??

Well the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony is soon and I cannot wait till the next! It has been so exciting and cool to see so many atheletes in one place! I chose Japan for my RVE project because it’s hosting the next olympics in 2020. Japanese culture is complex and interesting. It differs greatly from what we see in Australian culture. From holidays to food to clothing. Here is my page about the cultures of Japan and the interesting things they do.

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Differences:

Japanese culture is different to us because they have their main religions, which are Buddhism and Shinto, and we have mainly Christianity in Australia. Shinto is a very unique religion and is as old as Japanese culture itself. The gods are called kami. The kami are sacred spirits taking the form of things and concepts that are important/essential to life like wind, water, rain, mountains, rivers and fertility. The Sun Goddess Amaterasu is considered Shinto’s most important kami/god. Temples and shrines are placed almost everywhere and they believe in many different gods, like greek/roman ones. Christians only believe in one, which is God. If they want to do good on a test they give offering to their god of learning, if they want to get out of a money problem they give an offering to their god of fortune. Shinto shrines are places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, the Shinto “gods”. Sacred objects of worship that represent the gods are kept in the innermost chamber of the shinto shrine where they cannot be seen by anybody. Torii gates are at the entrance of the shrine, usually wood that is painted orange and black. Shimenara is a straw rope found on torii gates signifying something sacred (the shrine). Shimenara are also worn by yokozuwa (high ranked sumo wrestlers) in rituals. Ema have wooden plates on them where you write your wishes and hope they come true from the kami’s power, like getting a good grade by writing on an Ema plate in the kami of Education. Komainu are sculptures that guard the shrines. Inu means dog. They are usually dogs unless it is a Inari shrine (for the kami of rice) which there are foxes, not dogs. There are stages at some for performances of the kagura dance and noh theater. Near the entrance there is a purification trough with clean water fountains for cleaning hands and mouths before approaching the shrine. There are usually a main hall and an offering hall in a shrine building. 

Also, they address each other differently. For example:

Sama (様【さま】): 神- (Translation: God-sama) You would use this to address people superior to themselves or people they admire. It shows respect to that person. To use it on yourself in showing extreme arrogance. You also address, apart from the emperor, you can call the rest of the imperial family “___-sama“. When addressing the emperor you always use “Heika (your majesty)”. Failure to do so is very rude.

Chan (ちゃん): This is used as something to say that they think a person/animal/thing is cute but can be used in multiple ways. For example: (Hello Kaede-chan!) “こんにちは 楓 – ちゃん !”. Kaede (楓) is a unisex name (meaning maple), this could be a boy or a girl but we are implying they are cute or we are saying hello to a friend. In general, chan is used for babies, young children, grandparents and teenagers. It may also be used towards cute animals, lovers, any youthful woman, or between friends. Using chan with a superior’s name is considered to be rude. Also, if you use this on somebody you barely know it can be considered harassment and very rude. 

Kun (君【くん): This is used by people of higher/older status to younger people, or used by anybody when addressing male children/teenagers, when addressing a male they have known for a long time or emotionally attached to or by male friends in social groups.

Also their population is 147 million and Australia’s is 22 million, they have a fairly monocultural society and almost no mineral resources. Japan was not settled by Europeans and Japanese is their native language. Japan did start some wars with other countries in the past. Their main diet is fish. Australia is a democracy, Japan is a constitutional monarchy (according to my dad).

Similarities:

We are similar in the fact that we are both first world countries, have a low birthrate, an ageing population and highly urbanised societies.

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Book Week 2016

Book week again! I love seeing all of the costumes and smiles, I guess it’s all part of the week. Well, my favourite part if the week for me. Everybody getting into character is one of the funniest things too! It’s a great memory also, I love getting together and planning ours.

Let’s not forget about the books though, it’s Book Week remember!!        🙂

My favourite book from my childhood is Diary Of A Wombat by Jackie French!

I remember in Junior School (once called Campbell House when I was there) we would have Library every week. I remember lucidly we read it three times in a year once, not including the sequels of this book. Gosh, it’s been so long. If anybody was here since Junior School, please comment your favourite library book reading, or the one you remember.

I also love the simplicity, it makes it funny and lighthearted. I like reading it to my sister, she learnt all the words in the book in a week. That’s how simple it is to understand. Also, the illustrations are so adorable, little wombat are cute in real life too, though! My grandma used to read it to me too when I borrowed it from the library, I used to live with her, I did all my life almost. She passed away two years ago so it’s a good memory for me.

I first heard the book when it was read to me when I borrowed it the first term from the library. My grandma read it to me. It made me laugh so much because there is one occurring sentence that we all do, maybe not as much as the wombat but whatever. A wombat shall do what a wombat shall do! If you remember the book you will know what I am talking about.

My favourite character is…. *coughs for effect* DA DA DA DAH! The dopey wombat.

It made me feel so lighthearted when reading it. It was so much fun this book!

Please comment!

Watching Words

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Words are everywhere and they are an important part in out lives! I think they are the most important part of our lives in school. Words are our speech and our writing. Without words we would be mimes, using body language and symbols as communication. Words are language. We owe lots of our daily contact to words.

My book is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is only an evaluation of the first book.

Character Words:

Brave: ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

One way Katniss showed this was when she volunteered for the games in her sister’s place. She has 1/24 chance that she will not die, so it’s basically a death sentence. She is only a young adult, so this is very special. Even if she was just being kind, she was being brave. The ultimate sacrifice.

Foolish: lacking good sense or judgment; unwise.

She did sacrifice for her district, but some people she was foolish. They see it as she was saying life was something not valuable or she was toying with fate. They believe that she was toying with fate or she was giving away life.

“Katniss showed bravery through what was deemed as a death sentence by all commoners. Some thought she was foolish, most thought she was brave.”

Action Words:

Silently: making no sound; quiet; still: refraining from speech

Katniss was moving silently through the forest to avoid danger in the games. About 16 contestants had already died, she was cautious for her life. She was determined to win. District 1 and 2 were dominating in a team but she was by herself. Her boy acquaintance, Peeta Mellark, was not dead, but somewhere else unknown to her at the time. 

“Katniss was moving swiftly but silently through the dense cover of the forest. She was up to her neck in opponents and she would be choked any second now.”

Setting Words:

Bland: lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull

The place she grew up in, District 12, is very poor and mundane. It mines coal and nothing very exciting happens. Nothing exciting happens, only tragedies. Her father died in a mining accident when she was young.

“Her district was bland.”

Feeling Words:
Endangered: threatened with a danger: scared

She felt endangered in the games, there were only a few left after the first night alone. It was her and Peeta, and a bunch of threats.

“She felt endangered. The berries had almost killed her and her opponents were running after her.”

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WORDS:

  1. Mundane: Bland, boring, plain, unexciting. “Rey’s life was mundane.”
  2. Misanthropy: Somebody who has hatred to people in general. “Rey had misanthropy from the abuse as a child. He could never forgive them so easily, most people were cruel.”
  3. Lucid: transparently clear; easily understandable. “Rey’s speech was fluent and lucid, something beautiful.”

 

 

Developing a Narrative

Narratives usually consist of three parts orientation, complication and resolution. I’ve never really thought about it much honestly but it’s true. These three parts are in every narrative I have ever written and read.

The orientation basically means the start/introduction. You get to know main characters. Character development happens later usually but you get the main details about characters like names, gender, traits and ties to the main protagonists/antagonists. It also gives you main settings and the situations of the protagonist, antagonist and background characters.

The complication is the problem/conflict/climax of the story. For example, Tarzan and Jane were building a treehouse and they ran out of wood, yet again there was a storm on the way. That’s the problem, they were building the treehouse and they had a problem. It usually is in the start/middle, middle or middle/end from what I’ve seen. It is the thing that makes a story interesting.

The resolution is the ending and the solving of the complication. It is usually placed at the ending of a narrative. It is the ending of a narrative, which usually the characters are changed by the experience of the complication.

The book I am reading is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (third time reading!) and I will be talking about the orientation, complication and the resolution of this book.

The orientation basically introduces the characters, circumstances, setting and connections of characters.

The complication is the conflict and without it the story would suck. A story without a problem makes it boring. It also brings in an array of new characters and further developing some current ones.

The resolution is the finish of the story. It leaves the characters changed from the experience and the story is further continued in the second and third books.

Wonky – turned or twisted toward one side. “One slide was wonky.”

Uncanny – surpassing the ordinary or normal. “The doll was uncanny. Scared, I walked away.”

Rambunctious – noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline. “Jane is rambunctious.”