Charles-Homework Reflections


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I found it interesting when Ambrose mentioned that Laurie is a little kid because he plays with crayons and a seesaw.

“Laurie is a young boy because he uses crayons and a seesaw”

That’s what was on Ambrose’s blog.



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I found it interesting when Ella mentioned that she thought that Laurie wanted to fit in because I thought that he just wanted to stand out and be all-cool and wants people to like him.


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I found it interesting when Holly mentioned that Charles was the main character because I thought that Laurie was the main character considering that Charles isn’t even real

100WC-#10-Prompt-Scarlet, Cushion, Annoying, Watered, Violin

As I go to sit down on a pretty, soft, scarlet cushion, my Mum says to me “Clara, what do you think you’re doing?”

I look at her and say, “I’m taking a break. After all I’ve finished my homework, watered the plants and played with annoying little Tommy. What more do you want me to do?” I asked beginning to get angry with her.

“You have band tomorrow and band camp on Tuesday.” At this stage of our conversation, I could tell what she was going to ask me. “Maybe you could practice your Violin.”

Therefore, I got up picked up my instrument and began playing a little tune.

5 Facts of Fiction

Author: Shirley Jackson

Title: Charles


Fact #1:

I thought that the author chose all the characters in my story for a reason. For example I think that she choose Laurie to be a child how causes a lot of drama in the class room and lies to his parents about what “Charles” does when Charles isn’t even a real person. The main character is Laurie although Laurie’s Mum is the narrator of the story. Laurie’s personality is cheeky and always seems to lie even though that is not a personality it is a trait of Laurie.

Fact #2:

I think that Laurie more than anything wants to be able to have a best friend and  because I feel that the reason is so rude and mean is because he doesn’t have a best friend and no one wants to play with him because there scared that they might hurt him or get them in trouble.

Fact #3:

I think that Laurie is not successful in his plan because his Mum asked his teacher about this “Charles” kid and she said that is no kid in her class named Charles. She said these exact words

“Charles?” she said. “We don’t have any Charles in the class.”

It is also the last line of the story so it kind of leaves you hanging and you could guess multiple answers but the main answer that you would guess would be that Laurie is the child who did all the things that “Charles” did. Some obstacles my character encounter would be his Mum finding out the he is Charles and when he came late home from school he said

“On Monday Laurie came home late, full of news. “Charles!” he shouted as he came up the hill; I was waiting anxiously on the front steps. “Charles!” Laurie yelled all the way up the hill, “Charles was bad again.”

Fact #4:

You don’t know if Laure has changed as the last two lines of the story are

“Yes,” I said, laughing, “you must have your hands full with Charles.”

“Charles?” she said. “We don’t have any Charles in the class.”


Therefore, it doesn’t really say how the character has changed as a result of what has happened. The character was rude towards his family but especially his parents. He would say things rude at the dinner table like

“He came home the same way, the front door slamming open, his cap on the floor, and the voice suddenly become raucous shouting, “Isn’t anybody here?”

At dinner he spoke rudely to his father, spilled his baby sister’s milk, and remarked that his teacher said we were not to take the name of the Lord in vain. “How was school today?” I asked, trying to sound casual.

“All right,” he said.

“Did you learn anything?” his father asked. Laurie regarded his father coldly.

“I didn’t learn nothing,” he said.

“Anything,” I said. “Didn’t learn anything”

“The teacher spanked a boy, though,” Laurie said, addressing his bread and butter. “For being fresh,” he added, with his mouth full.

 “What did he do?” I asked.

 “Who was it?” Laurie thought.

“It was Charles,” he said. “He was fresh. The teacher spanked him and made him stand in a corner. He was awfully fresh.”

“What did he do?” I asked again, but Laurie slid off his chair, took a cookie, and left, while his father was still saying, “See here, young man.”


The last you hear from Laurie is

“She said it twice,” Laurie said. “Charles told her to say it twice.”

Therefore, you cannot really say what Laurie is like at the end of the story. Once again, you cannot really say that Laurie has learned anything as the last line his Mum finds out that he is Charles in the last line of the story. From reading this story, I learnt that you should always be 100% honest with your parents because I am sure Laurie would have got in a lot of trouble once his mother got home from the PTA meeting.

Fact #5:

I think that the author choose to set this story at a place where people get bullied or teased so what better place than a school. The author included a few different things characters such as Laurie, “Charles”, and his Mum, his Dad, his sister and his teacher. This world has only one disaster and it is the last line. Some good things in this world are the basics like they have a roof over the head at there is always a meal on the table and they can afford to pay for Laurie’s education. On the other hand, some of the bad things are that he lies to his parent’s e.g.


“It was Charles,” he said. “He was fresh. The teacher spanked him and made him stand in a corner. He was awfully fresh.”


Mum figure out it was a lie:

“Charles?” she said. “We don’t have any Charles in the class.”


Charles is also ungrateful and does not think about what will happen if his parents find out. He also does not think about others as he only thinks about himself. The theme for this story would be hope because he hopes that he would be ok and would fit in at school.


Author: Anneke

Title: Joseph Bryant


Themes are abstract nouns:

The ideas and feelings help me understand the theme/concept of the story. The theme to this story is loss, love and hope. It is loss because the young girl narrating the story loses her best friend she states at the end of the story  

And Joseph Bryant, my fifth grade sweetheart, is the reason why I know the true definition of love.”

The second theme is Love and the reason for this is the whole story is about how Joseph was diagnosed with cancer and when he told the love of his life she was sad and as they were both only in year 3 they didn’t understand how server cancer could actually be. Until the day Joseph died.

The final theme is hope. They were hoping that Joseph wouldn’t die. The girl was also hoping that when Joseph told her he was going to kiss her.

“I thought Joseph was going to kiss me or tell me that he wanted me to be his girlfriend, I remember having butterflies in my stomach and wondering what my mother would say if I had to tell her that I got myself a boyfriend. But I soon snapped back into reality once Joseph told me that he had cancer.”

Themes are important human issues:

After this story, I think the author wants you to talk about what the story meant to you and how it has influenced or opinion on losing someone or what the main message is.

To me the author is saying that you should each and every day because it may be the last and the author is also saying you don’t need to date every one as you have your entire life to do that. To me those two things is also the message of the story. 

Stories apply to many readers:

To people you have experienced loss themselves or have seen someone losing a battle. Once again theme comes in a lot here as people who have also experienced love and hope. This short story is sad and can really make you think differently about things.

Events represent ideas:

I think that this story did have just a little bit of figurative language. Here are a few different parts of the story that were figurative language:

Love is a dumb and dangerous word. People misuse the word more than any other in the dictionary. “I LOVE this apple, don’t you?” or “I just LOVE this shirt!” but do they actually mean it? Most people don’t understand the actual definition of love. I do, which is why it frustrates me so much when people say that they love each other when they don’t. I know for a fact they don’t. And don’t even get me started when people say they are “in love” with someone else. That phrase is destroyed by couples that say how they are “in love” with someone after a month of texting. They don’t and never will understand the true meaning of love.”

That is the entire first paragraph of the story but to me it 90% of it is figurative.

Experience evolves in patterns:

A repeating pattern in this story is depression. For example:

““What is cancer?” and immediately she started crying.”

“Three years went by. Three painful years of visiting Joseph every single day in the hospital. Well, almost everyday; sometimes he was too sick for me to visit.”

They are two different examples from the story of depression.


Fiction is instructional:

The author doesn’t say anything about the themes you have to guess what the theme is to the story as I have already said twice the theme/s for this story are loss, love and hope. (To see why they are the themes go to the top of this post and read Themes and abstract nouns). In this story I think that something they want changed is Joseph’s family would him to survive and his cancer to go away.

100WC-#9-Prompt: …but then the flash made me…

“Ok all of Claire Thomas’ family please come over here to get your photo taken,” The photographer said after all of us had been waiting in the line for almost one hour.

I am Claire’s cousin. My name is Jade Thomas. I am 13 and currently I am at my cousin Claire’s deb. I am here with my immediate family and the rest of my cousins on my Mum’s side.

As we go up to get our photo taken the photographer puts as all into positions. But then the flash made me jump right in the middle of my cousin Claire’s Deb Family photo.

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Read like a Reader

Author: William Hugel

Title: Little Ania


I predicted that Little Ania was going to be a very difficult child. To me there was definitely many different things in that story that surprised me. For example

“She opened up a tall closet door. Inside was chock full of lampshades and flower pots. Her mother ate up two lampshades and two flower pots, then got on her broomstick. She flew towards the window- and came face to face with Little Ania.” 

I did not expect that Little Ania’s Mum was like her.


This book reminded me of another book I am reading called “The Bubble Boy”. Because there both based in a hospital. When I was reading this story I was visualizing it in my parents room and in the same hospital as “The Bubble Boy”.


In this story, I inferred that Ania at some stages in her life got annoyed and even some days hated her Mum. I also feel like Ania never wanted to do anything unless she wanted to do it.


When I was reading this story, I personally did not have many questions although I was wondering what caused Ania to be the way she is. I also had another question even though I know that it is just a story how was that man still alive after so many years.


When reading this I felt very connected to the story and the language was very good as I felt like I was a part of the story and I was just standing there watching the entire story watching what was going on. The part of the story that I felt most connected to was when Ania said

“I’m never going to be a normal little girl so I’m just going to die now.”

I felt connected to the story because it was sad.


I thought that “Little Ania” was a well written story. Although I personally didn’t really like it as I am more interested in books about animals, adventure and sad stories not so much books like “Little Ania”. To me the concept of the story was a little bit childish for my liking.

Read like a Writer

Author: Sandra Cisneros

Title: Eleven


The writer clearly revels the main idea by getting strait to the point in the first sentence.

“What they don’t understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you’re eleven, you’re also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one.”


The author uses many different leads and wants to engage us more so that we keep reading e.g.

“But when the sick feeling goes away and I open my eyes, the red sweater’s still sitting there like a big red mountain.”

The writer gives us something to think about so that we do not just go away saying, “I finished the story”. The reader goes away and says, “I really enjoyed this story it gave me something to think about”. For example

“I wish I was anything but eleven, because I want today to be far away already, far away like a runaway balloon, like a tiny o in the sky, so tiny-tiny you have to close your eyes to see it.”

The writer handles transitions well and makes sure that everything makes sense e.g.

“But when the sick feeling goes away and I open my eyes, the red sweater’s still sitting there like a big red mountain. I move the red sweater to the corner of my desk with my ruler. I move my pencil, books, and eraser as far from it as possible. I even move my chair a little to the right.”


The author demonstrates passion for the topic by unpacking it and using passionate and strong words to show her passion for the topic “ages”.

The author uses lots of emotion in a story she reveals it when she describes the way and how the author feels. For example

“That’s when everything I’ve been holding in since this morning, since when Mrs. Price put the sweater on my desk, finally let’s go, and all of a sudden I’m crying in front of everybody.”

Word Choice:

The author uses many techniques in this short story like too fast, sitting and shaking. The writer also uses lots of different writing techniques but that’s just a few.

Sentence Fluency:

The author usually starts the paragraph with a long sentence and then the sentences got shorter and shorter the once they were four to five words they went back to longer sentences. The author does not use much sound, alliteration, rhythm and rhythm. Although the characters in the story do speak in the story. For example

Reflection on Adaptations Project


Section 1

In Term 2 2017 we did Adaptations of Animals/Plants in Australia. Towards the end of term, we were told to do a project in a partnership my partner was and the animal that we had to do was The Greater Bilby.

I think that we did a good job at covering most points/categories (Information Report, Annotated Diagram, Model, Experiment, Presentation and Collaborative Skills) in a Project. Something that I think we should have done when presenting is shown the class a little bit of our experiment or videoed us doing the experiment.


3 Facts I found Interesting or Surprising

  1. At six months of age the female bilby can physically breed
  2. That the bilby has many Entries and Exits to its borrows
  3. That there eye sight is not very good

2 Understandings you now have

  1. That you can be a marsupial and a mammal
  2. That the bilby can breed at a very young age (6 months)

1 Wondering you still have

  1. I still wonder if the bilbies will kill there young if they can’t get food


Section 2

The most important things I learnt were to make sure I checked in with my partner so we both knew where we were up to. I learnt this by beginning the project and not knowing what my partner was doing and my partner not knowing what I was doing. With what I have learnt about teamwork and always checking in with my partner, in the future with what I have learnt when I am doing a team project or debate or anything that involves a group. I will be sure to always check in with my group so I always know where they are up to and to tell them at the start of the project that Teamwork is always the number 1 thing that every group needs.

9 worded Poems about Animals


Black Orange

Hunt Pounce Growl

Animals Meat



Large Gray

Tusks Trunks Tail

Fruit Watermelon



Small Cute

Pink Blue Purple

Pretty Delicate



Tall Big

Legs Neck Tail

Trees Carrots



Black White

Small Short Fat

Grass Weeds



Grey Black

Whiskers Ears Flippers

Short Long



Black White

Empire Playful Energetic

Small Tall



Observant Tall

Termites Bugs Insects

Quick Fast



Black White

Sleep Eat Sleep

Plants Bamboo



Brown Dark

Tail Teeth Mane

Zebra Buffalo



Tail Pouch

Boomers Flyers Joeys

Plants Grass



Tail Tall

Hay Carrots Apples

Brown White



The video I watched today was about Recycling.

In this video, I learnt about how much rubbish was going into tips and that if we spread out all the rubbish in the tips around Victoria it would cover the whole of Victoria. Australia is the second biggest producer of rubbish in the world. Each year each Australian throws out 700kg of rubbish most of it being landfill. Rubbish can be sorted into different groups e.g., food and drink packets in one and zip lock bags and plastic cutlery in another. There are different bins that each family in Australia has. Green bin for stuff from the garden and food scraps that can be turned into compost. A yellow bin for paper, cardboard, glass and even rigid plastics this bin is used for Recyclables. Lastly, the Red bin is used for rubbish that goes to the tip. It can take up to hundreds of years for rubbish to break down in tips. Be sure that you are using containers and not rubbish e.g. glad wrap are zip lock bags.

  • What are ways that you can stop land fill?
  • How does the rubbish break down in tips?

This video gave me a better perspective/understanding on how many things go into landfill each year.