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English Activities

                                Movie Reviews

Read these two movie reviews:



You need to summarise each of the paragraphs in the review. Make sure you read the paragraph carefully and decide what the author is discussing.

Fill in the grid.

You will be using this grid to complete your homework task. Make sure you understand what you need to write about.

Edit my Writing Activities

edit my writing #3

edit my writing #1

edit my writing #2

Cause and Effect

Read the examples and discuss. Complete the questions in your English book.

An Example of Cause and Effect to discuss.

What is the difference between the words effect and affect? Use a dictionary to help you. Write the two words in your book with the meaning and then write a sentence to demonstrate your understanding of the word.

Independently read the following sheet and see if you understand the difference between cause and effect.

cause and effect_1

cause and effect_2

Cause and effect_4

What is the difference between the words effect and affect? Use a dictionary to help you. Write the two words in your book with the meaning and then write a sentence to demonstrate your understanding of the word.

Persuasive Text



Let’s Celebrate Italian Week

Italian Characters

Verbs and Adverbs

Choose an Italian character.

Write a short story that involves your character. A list of about sette sentences will suffice.



your story by adding exaggerated adverbs to each verb.

Highlight the verbs in red.

  Highlight the adverbs in green. 


Panteloni took money out from his pocket. He walked  to the bank to deposit it.

Panteloni greedily took money out from his pocket. He walked quickly to the bank to hastily deposit it.



Tick off these expectations as you proofread

Do you have:

  • paragraphs containing ‘pieces’ or sections of the story
  • a descriptive paragraph about your main character (personality/physical)
  • a descriptive paragraph about the setting
  •  major conflict (problem or character)
  • a minor conflict (problem or character) to add interest to the main characters
  • conversations starting on new lines
  • attention to sentence starters (the use of pronouns– he, she, his, they, at the beginning of sentences)
  • additional descriptions to give ‘color’ or ‘shade’ to your story.
  • a satisfactory resolution to the conflict in the  story
  • a conclusion (from below) to give the reader an ‘ending’                                                 Narrative Writing



Tenses In Writing

Tenses – Past, present and future

























Choose one of the pieces of text.

Is this text in the past, present or future tense?

Take a photo and import into ‘Explain Everything’.

Highlight the verbs (doing words) that show the tense.

In a different colour above the verbs write the

form of the verb for the present tense.

Below the highlighted verbs write the form of the future tense.

In 3 or 4 sentences write a highlight from Earn and Learn.

(This will be in the past tense because it HAS happened).

Remember, the past tense uses ‘ed’, was, said, etc.


Rewrite it in the future tense.

Punctuation Practise


 Watch the B.t.N through the link under the picture.


http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4576648.htm_   (copy paste)
1. Explain to another student what the kids in the BtN story are doing.
2. Describe the robot the students have made.
3. What does ROV stand for?
4. Which competition was the robot built for?
5. What tasks does the robot perform in the competition?
6. The competition is usually only for high school students. True or false?
7. What is the name of the students’ team?
8. What was challenging about building the robot?
9. What have the kids learnt being involved in the competition?
10. Illustrate an aspect of the Subs in Schools story.

6: You all need to work on your proof reading and editing skills! You can get this sheet from Ms Lovelace.


Base/Root Word Investigations.

Below is a chart of words that originated in Latin and Greek. Many of these words are commonly used today in various forms.

Choose a word that originated from the Latin language.

Make sure that you use your dictionary to find out whether it originated from Latin.

Think of a topic you are interested in, ie architecture, horticulture, biology, equine (horses) etc.

Find the ‘root’ of the word on the list and investigate other words that have the common spelling patterns.

Set out your work like you did previously. You can reproduce the chart below (Root Word Graphic Organiser) or device your own way of listing and defining the words. You may even like to compose a document in Popplet to display your findings.

Remember the word needs to be ‘related’ to your base word (Latin origin).

Here are some charts for you to peruse.



Find a word that originated in Greece and investigate it fully. Find other words that fit the pattern and then write the definition of each word. Remember- You can reproduce the chart below (Root Word Graphic Organiser) or device your own way of listing and defining the words.

Make sure that you use your dictionary to find out whether it originated from the  Greek language.


A, an no, not
aseptic, anarchy
Amphi (Latin ambi)
about, around, both
ambidextrous, amphitheater
antique, old
antique, antiquity, ancient
up, again
anatomy, Anabaptist

Here are some charts for you to peruse.


Save a copy of the ‘Root Words’ chart to either iBooks or ‘Explain Everything’.

When you have finished…….

On the chart you saved onto your iPad investigate and identify the Latin root and Greek root words by color coding or highlighting the words in the first column.

eg. Latin words –green

Greek words –blue



Whenever you have some time....


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Choose a box from the chart above.

Read the meaning featured in the box and using any resource make a list of as many words as you can that reinforce that meaning.

eg pre – before

so you might find premix, prepare, prearrange.

Create a display in your English book like the one below that demonstrates your new understanding.


Adding a Conflict to Your Story

How To Create Conflict in Your Story

We often think that to create conflict we need to show spectacular events. For example, a car chase, an argument between lovers, a fistfight, or the threat of a nuclear explosion. Or we think of conflict as some kind of internal suffering: depression, longing, or pain.

But the truth is that if events and emotions were the only elements of conflict in our stories, we’d have some pretty flat stories.

Conflict, in good stories, is not about spectacular events or painful emotions.

Good conflict is often about values and the problems that characters have with opposing values.

To create conflict within your own story, ask yourself the following questions:

What does your main character value?
Do any of his values potentially conflict what is happening in the story you have written?
How can you reveal the conflicts in those values?
Do any of his values conflict with themselves?Does the character change values to suit situations and how does this create uncertainty in the story?
How can you delve into the complications of that single value?

Does your conflict have a resolution at the end?

Once you have thought of your conflict:

  1. Plan the resolution when you introduce the conflict.
  2. Work out who is directly involved in the conflict.
  3. Work out how the other characters can help you solve the conflict.
  4. Make sure you are happy with the resolution.
  5. Is there a moral to the conflict?
  6. Make sure your conclusion answers the conflict so the reader isn’t left hanging.

Take note:

You don’t need a villain to create conflict. Most conflict comes about between two positive values that conflict.

While your story may not need a villain to have conflict, it’s always fun to have one. A villain is a character who has the opposite values as those of your main character.

To create the perfect villain, figure out what your main character values. Then, wist those values into some weird and wonderful shape and set the characters loose or against each other.

Think about this……

Who are some of your favorite characters? What do they value and how are those values tested?

 Have a read of these wise words…….

5 Elements of Storytelling

If you want to write a good (and publishable) short story, start by writing a balanced one. There are five elements of storytelling, and if you focus on one element too much, your story can get confusing or become less satisfying for the reader (your audience).

Photo by Matthias Rhomberg

These five elements are the building blocks of story, and they are:

1. Action. What are your characters doing?

2. Dialogue. What are they saying?

3. Description. What are they see­ing, hear­ing, touch­ing, tast­ing, and smelling?

4. Inner Monologue. What are they thinking?

5. Exposition / Narrative. What other infor­ma­tion does the nar­ra­tor (IE you) want us to know?

Emotion can be separate, but can also be lumped into inner monologue.

Other people add summary, but that can be part of exposition.

Every writer focuses on some of these elements more than others. Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy are heavy on the action, dialogue, and description side. They give almost no inner monologue. Other writers like Dickens and George Elliott use more narrative and inner monologue.

 Read on and look at the different categories. They are really interesting



Descriptive Writing

The Beach

Compare and contrast the two pieces of writing about ‘the beach’.

Which one do you think is better? Why?

Make a comment on the blog-one to two sentences that explain your thinking.


Copy the page to ‘Explain Everything’.

Use coloring tools to show your working.

Beach – descriptions

Follow the instructions on the sheet to compare the information included in the writing.

Writing Complete Sentence

1.   Simple and Compound Sentences

2.   Part-2-pg-53

Lit Circles Book Report



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Hey, these are fun! Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 6.48.39 pmSome are really challenging……..

Work out what the image is saying…. here’s one solution.

Red in the face.

Now have a go at these….

Unfamiliar,Familiar Word Phrases

Do you know any more? You could look them up.




More than one meaning!

Many words in the English language have more than one meaning. In fact most words do. This is what makes the English language confusing for any one learning to speak and read it.

Complete the list of words on the page below into your English book. You may even like to put a small illustration next to each one to help you remember which is which.

More Than One Meaning

See if you can find more words that fit the category.

Add them to your list. Share them with your friends. You could make a game out of them. think about what you would need to have as rules. Would the game ‘Concentration’ work for these words? Why or why not?


Exit or excite – which one is which?

Make a funny picture to show the difference between the two. Use a full page to illustrate your concept. Make the message clear.

Vowel Sounds – Here’s some Practise.

Copy the setting out into your English book.

Transcribe the words from the list into the correct columns. Remember to make your handwriting  NEAT and copy the words correctly.

Long/Short vowel sounds







18 Comments to

“English Activities”

  1. October 29th, 2015 at 1:22 am      Reply jakrep14 Says:

    Dear Ms Lovelace
    I was surprised to find out that there is a part of the Pacific Ocean called the garbage patch and I was happy when I found out there is a group cleaning it up

    From Jake

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