Most schools will have the following programs installed on their computers:


oType up any assessments tasks/answers
oFootnote an essay (insert – reference – footnote)
oCreate a whole class story – each child writes a paragraph and then swaps computers to add to the story (a variation on word at a time
story development)
oCreate a resume in preparation for leaving school
oDesign a lunch time menu for the school canteen
oUse the templates for any one of a number of different writing activities.
oCreate a travel brochure for “fair Verona where we set our scene”
oCreate a class newsletter -- link to newspapers and reporting
oMake an invitation to a school event
oCreate a resume in preparation for leaving school
oMake a program for a school event
oDesign a lunch time menu for the school canteen
oDesign a card to send to:
§An author
§A younger/older buddy student
§A character in the book you are reading

1) Create a presentation on:
o· staging King Lear
o· your favourite subject
othe themes of a novel
2) Create a moving story book – link to Picture Book unit, journal writing
3) Create a moving story book – link to Poetry/Creative writing
Create an animated story book.

Make a graph of all the people who like/dislike Harry Potter
Create a timeline of:

·Events in a novel
o The works of a writer
o Personal goals -- links to a unit on “Biography”, or “Our Place”
o Personal milestones -- links to a unit on “Biography”, or “Our Place”

1) Establish a buddy class in:
a. The same school
b. A school in the same area
c. A distance education school
d. A school overseas

MOVIE MAKER (free software in XP Operating system)
· Use the “titles” menu to create a digital portfolio of poetry
· Draw a series of pictures in Paint (free drawing software on all computers)
and then animate them.
· Animate a play or story using paint or imported still photos.
· Create an animated story with a digital still camera or webcam
· Take series of still photos using lego/small toys, and painted backdrops and
create an animation of an episode in a novel you read.
· Film a news report of a school event
· Role play interviewing a:
o Character from a novel
o The author of a book
o Politician
· Create your own chat show
· Interview a:
o Sports student prior to and after a school carnival
o Performance student before and after a concert
o An elderly person in your community -- links to a unit on “Biography”, or “Our Place”
o Debating student before and after a debate
o Make a film clip to accompany a piece of music
· Make a documentary or a mock-umentary
o on exam s at school, sports crazy fans
o An historical event
o A day in the life of a school student
o A day in the life of a teacher
o A school event
· Shoot an expose of:
o Homework: Is it taken seriously?
o School canteen: Promoting healthy eating?
o What kids bring for lunch and what really happens to it?
· Create a short educational film about
o Sun safety
o Saying no to drugs
o How to prevent bullying
o Peer pressure
o Tips and tricks to surviving in the playground
o Handling the pressure of homework
· Record a poetry reading (or a poetry rap)
· Perform and record a short play
· Create a documentary of an historical event using Microsoft® Photo Story and/or Windows Movie Maker
· Create a 30sec commercial





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i. Choose a book
ii. Start a discussion or join an existing one
iii. Eg
iv. Eg

i. Start a Yahoo Group or MSN Users Group (it’s free)
ii. Start your own Moodle free online
learning development tool)
iii. Conduct an online discussion or debate in real time
1. eg King Lear was a fool.
iv. Conduct a poll
v. Vote on a class issue
vi. Write sn ongoing novel or “Choose your own adventure” story – each person adds tothe story as it goes around vii.

2) ONLINE LEARNING – webquests, knowledge hunts, and cyberguides
a. Choose a topic, formulate some questions, collect some links and go…..
b. Cyberguides – interactive investigations (guides) to novels and plays
i. Eg
c. Webquests --
i. Eg
ii. Eg
iii. Eg encouraging reading for meaning
iv. Eg
v. Eg

a. Use the “titles” menu in movie maker to create a digital portfolio of poetry
b. Draw a series of pictures in Paint (free drawing software on all computers) and then animate them.
c. Animate a play or story using paint or imported still photos.
d. Create an animated story with a digital still camera or webcam
e. Picture books in powerpoint/movie maker
i. Animations
ii. Story writng
f. Digital poetry – using powerpoint or movie maker
g. Use Movie Maker, Paint, to create story books, animations, and digital
h. Free software
§ PHOTOSTORY – free download from the Microsoft Site
§ PICASA – free google download – graphics manipulator

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Assessment tasks in English will include tasks with a specified time limit and tasks to be accomplished over a
longer period. They include:

· responses presented in a different type of text and through a combination of modes: for example, converting
prose to script, or using information from a factual text to compose a literary or imaginative text

· prepared and impromptu oral presentations
· written or spoken, short or extended, responses
· listening and viewing tasks: for example, responses to taped stories, films and television programs
· research tasks using information drawn from library, internet, databases and spreadsheets
· reflective tasks: for example, completing a written text, explaining the processes used to produce the text andself-assessing the text
· oral and written critical responses to texts using given or learnt criteria (for example, the strengths and
weaknesses of website designs and functions) and assessing balance and objectivity in texts
· limited-time composition of texts in particular forms for specific contexts (for example, preparation of a twenty-second radio news bulletin)
· extended research, composition and presentation (for example, development of multimedia texts and
· identification and analysis of the components of multimodal texts (for example, how sound and visual components work together in a film)
· reading tasks requiring skimming, scanning or close reading
· drafts and completed versions of written texts or representations
· editing texts to remove errors, improve style, shorten, lengthen, or adjust for a different purpose, audience and
· collecting portfolios or folders of work with negotiated content and reflections on the learning processes used
· directed reading strategies (for example, cloze)
· imaginative re-creation or extension from a text (for example, writing as a character, creating an additional
incident, interviewing the composer)
· self-assessment of the achievement of outcomes during a series of tasks (for example, collaborative
presentations of an advertising campaign)
· evaluating and challenging views through group discussions of issues (for example, gender in the workplace)
· composition of a folder of everyday and workplace texts such as reports, letters of application, record of interview
· peer evaluation of performance for particular audiences
· composing a visual representation that emphasises a particular point of view
· a multistage task with opportunities for teacher observations at key stages.