Visiting Author and Illustrator

To add to the celebrations during book week we welcomed author and illustrator Andrew Plant to our school. We were delighted to hear the story of how he started his career as a Science student, but he soon realised that he enjoyed drawing animals more than researching them. He soon became a well known illustrator for many children’s books until he also turned his skills and imagination into creating his own stories.

He read his best seller “The Poppy” to us. It was wonderful to hear the background of the story and all about his time living in France.

We were then given some tips on how to improve our own stories and illustrations. It was a wonderful opportunity for us all to learn more about literature and develop our own skills.

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Inspiring Poetry

Poetry is Lighting Up Our World this week during Book Week. We are studying a variety of poetic styles and features. Today Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven was our Inspiration. Having the Simpsons retell this famous poem added to the enthusiasm of the students. They have produced their own poems. We hope that you enjoy them.

The Raven – The Simpsons Version

MY DECAYING SORROW by Jacob M

Sunken feeling also dreary
The loneliness I employ
Has yet decayed this house of sorrow
And shall never more be be opened.
Thy sorrow of my loss back then
Has come back to haunt my dreams.
This house of sorrow shall never be unveiled
I shall take it to my grave
Never more shall it veil the sadness of the world.
Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe

NEVERMORE by Madeline B

Presently my soul grew stronger
hesitating then no longer
And the silken sad uncertain rustling
Of each Purple curtain
Nevermore
The silence was unbroken
Though my heartbeat drummed inside
And the dreary tune kept moaning
Ducked under chair to hide
Dreaming dreams no mortal had
Dared to dream before
A flirt and a flutter
But forever or nothing more
Presently my soul grew stronger
Hesitating then no longer
As the air grew denser
The pressure became immenser.

THE CROW’S HOUSE by Jack C.

I was sitting next to my chamber door
But suddenly someone was tapping
On my door
It sounded like someone was rapping
Then it surprised me that it went away!
Then out of nowhere
A big, loud and fierce knock came
I was hiding under the bookshelf
In despair, then my soul grew stronger
hesitating then no longer
I crawled out from under the bookshelf
A crow forced through the window
And flew onto an ornament
It stayed there forever and ever.

EVERMORE by Mia B.

Sitting by the chamber door
Hearing something, but not quite sure
The silken, sad, uncertain rustling
Of each purple curtain
The sound gets louder and longer
But presently my soul grew stronger
Hesitating then no longer
I open the chamber door
It’s dark and dreary
The wind whistling came strongly
With a smell that went far and longingly
I turn with a fright.

HAUNTING HOUSE by Will C.

As I walk through this rotten, rundown haunting house
With the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
My heart is beating faster than a jaguar
Presently my soul grew stronger
hesitating then no longer
The withered and cracked walls
Whisper in my ears.
This house is like no other
A house of doom and misery
The windows whistle as the wind passes by
Putting shivers down my spine
No protection in this house.

THE UNIDENTIFIED by Ryan C

Staying here presently my soul grew stronger
Hesitating then way longer
The scratching at the door had stopped
No more
Till the horrifying squeal of a bird
I opened and I saw
Never shall my body
Lift from the floor
After the bird saw
Me
And squealed no more.

‘Books Light up our World’

This week we are celebrating Book Week. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about new literature, discover new authors and read the winning books from week Australia.

Today we dressed up as characters from Literature and had a Parade with the whole school. There was a sea of colour as the amazing characters paraded by from each class.DSCN3218

Our Library Leaders led the parade, inviting and welcoming each class to the stage area.

Our favourite Book Week books have been, ‘Pig the Pug’, ‘The Stone Lion’ and ‘The Two Blankets.’

Happy Book Week everyone!

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Book Week 2014

Book Week Parade

Jon-Library Leader
I think this was the best book week ever since I’ve been at this school.
Thank you all for participating. Every one in the school was invited to send in a family photo about how they connect to reading. All the pictures were amazing, spectacular and ultimate!
The book week parade was full of many colourful costumes and characters.
So thank you to every one for supporting book week in the dress up parade and family reading photos.

Students teaching each other Poetry

Today was the beginning of a series of lessons planned and run by the students, to teach each other different styles of poetry.
Amber and Rylee chose to learn about Limericks. They made a presentation and then taught the class how to write one also.

Limericks

Madeleine
I really enjoyed learning about poetry from my friends. Limericks are great because they have humour and they follow a pattern.
It was fun hearing each others limericks. It is a great way to learn having our class mates present the lesson.

The fat cat
There once was a girl who had a cat
The fat cat loved to sit on the mat
The cat wanted to fly
But it couldn’t go high
The fat cat just played with the grey rat.

Raining Chocolate by Amelia

As the chocolate falls from the sky
I stand beneath with my mouth open wide
Sprinkling like a shower
I dance through the flowers
From my head down to my toes it slides.

Illustrator visit – Sue deGennaro

Button boy

There was great excitement at school this week when Sue deGennaro came to visit. She is the illustrator of the childrens’ book “Button Boy.”
She shared her story of becoming an illustrator only 7 years ago. Sue told us that she was always drawing in her spare time, when she wasn’t flying on the trapeze at the circus. Sue is very talented.
We discovered that it takes 6 or 7 drafts until her pictures are just right. Sue makes many copies, altering the colour, detail and characters in the illustrations.
We were given step by step instructions on how to create the little boy from ‘Button Boy’ walking along and Grandma playing with her needle and thread.

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Sue explained she made a dummy book to check that the text and pictures worked together. We discovered that by changing the position of the eyes on a face can alter the whole mood of the character.

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We also learnt that shadows can add movement to the character and bring it to life. WE love learning these tips from Sue and look forward to using them when we design our own characters for our upcoming narratives.

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