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2013

Join a reading adventure!

A rap supporting reading and literacy, this offers a range of exciting reading ideas, activities for K-10, resources and ebooks to dip into, and a space for you to share your reading adventures. This rap and gallery remain available throughout 2013. Drop in any time to use the resources and activities.


Term 1, 2013

All about me, all about you is a 5 week rap, commencing on Monday February 25, supporting autobiographical writing in Stage 3 and 4 English. This blogging experience offers teachers and students an opportunity to get to know class members better as they write short pieces about themselves at All about us: The raft, the river and the rainbow blog, using task worksheets (pdf 942kb) and downloadable teaching resources (pdf 363kb). Hosted by Lizzie Chase, Equity Consultant, Western Sydney Region.

Raft, river, rainbow fiction blog is a 5 week rap, commencing on Monday February 25, supporting narrative writing in Stage 3 and 4 English. This blogging experience offers teachers and students an opportunity to write short pieces of fiction cards at http://raftriver.edublogs.org inspired by image cards, using task worksheets (pdf 352kb) and downloadable teaching resources (pdf 363kb). Hosted by Lizzie Chase, Equity Consultant, Western Sydney Region.

Term 2, 2013

Band of heroes fantasy quest is a 5 week rap, commencing in Term 2, Week 3, on Monday May 13, supporting narrative writing in Stages 3 to 5 English. This blogging experience offers students an opportunity to write a fantasy quest in five episodes at Band of heroes fantasy blog, using task worksheets (.pdf 453kb) and sample image cards (.pdf 1404kb). Students may also choose to undertake optional Web 2.0 and image card tasks (.pdf 1122kb). Hosted by Lizzie Chase, Equity Consultant, Western Sydney Region.

Term 3, 2013

Hats, boxes, magic, moon is a 5 week rap, commencing in Term 3, Week 3, on Monday July 29, supporting narrative writing in Stages 3 and 4 English. This blogging experience offers students an opportunity to write 5 short pieces of fiction inspired by image cards at the Hats, boxes, magic and the moon blog, using task worksheets (.pdf 502kb). Hosted by Lizzie Chase, Equity Consultant, Western Sydney Region.

Super 6 plus is a 5 week rap, commencing in Term 3, Week 3, on Monday July 29, supporting persuasive writing, opinion pieces and narrative writing in Stages 3 to 5 English. This blogging experience offers students an opportunity to select one or more tasks each week from a menu of writing options (.pdf 621kb) at Super 6 plus blog, using task worksheets (.pdf 803kb)and a tasks grid (.pdf 496kb). Hosted by Lizzie Chase, Equity Consultant, Western Sydney Region.

Term 4, 2013

Fiction with a twist 2013 is a 5 week rap, commencing in Term 4, Week 3, on Monday October 28, supporting narrative writing in Stage 3 and 4 English. 2013 will be the final year for this extremely popular blogging experience. Students will write 5 short pieces of fiction at the Fiction with a twist blog, utilising the Fiction with a twist 2013 teaching resources and fiction extracts. Hosted by Lizzie Chase, Equity Consultant, Western Sydney Region.

2012

National Year of Reading 2012 love 2 Read

Book Week 2012:

Use the activities in Join a reading adventure! for any of the shortlisted or other titles you wish to read and enjoy to celebrate Book Week. You can also:


✔ add your class comments about what you have learned and read to the Book Week posts section of the blog
✔ submit your favourite class creations to the Gallery e.g. word clouds, digital stories, reviews, photographs. You might like to include the words 'Book Week' in the title of your submissions.
✔ for more Book Week ideas, resources and activities, scroll down this page to view previous Book Week raps and visit the raps archives.

View the CBCA Book of the Year Short List 2012 and the Crichton Short List 2012 - Champions read!

Term 4, 2012

Fiction with a twist 2012 involves a blog for enthusiastic readers and writers in Stages 3 and 4 English. Students will have an opportunity to write short pieces of fiction, discuss their favourite authors and books, and collaboratively continue a story thread. Deb Abela, distinguished children's author, will be the online author for the blog. The rap starts in Week 3, 22 October 2012. Happy rapping!


Term 2, 2011

Fearless book cover illustrationShaun Tan: The lost thing, stories & more

Rap for Stages 3 and 4 English. It will focus on the Oscar award winning The lost thing animation, the picture book, and offer choices to create stories in various formats e.g. animations, comics, graphic novel extracts, picture books and video trailers. Starts Term 2 Week 7 (6 June, 2011). Concludes Term 2 Week 9 (17 June, 2011).


Term 3, 2011

Book Week 2011 web siteBook Week 2011: one world, many stories.

Stages 1 and 2 English.
Explore the shortlist and your other favourite picture books. Vote for your winner. Create a digital picture book.


Term 4, 2011

Lemon twistFiction with a twist 2011 involves a blog for enthusiastic readers and writers in Stages 3 and 4 English. Students will have an opportunity to write short pieces of fiction, discuss their favourite authors and books, and collaboratively continue a story thread. Deb Abela, distinguished children's author, will be the online author for the blog.

Fiction with a twist 2011 is a 5 week learning experience for one lesson a week, starting in Week 3, Term 4 on 23 October, 2011, and concluding at the end of Week 7.



Term 3, 2010

Fearless book cover illustrationBook Week 2010: across the story bridge with Fearless rap for Early Stage 1, Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 commences in Week 3, on August 2 and concludes on August 27th.

It will feature a Years K–6 blog and a Years 3–6 blog for responding to tasks organised around the theme. Students K–6 will use a prepared SMART Notebook to create a digital story. Students 3–6 will create a book trailer. Instructions (including models) for creating a variety of digital images and stories are included.

Click the Fearless book cover to watch the trailer.

Fearless is visiting students at schools who participated in the rap.

Go to Travelling Fearless [intranet] to follow his adventures.

Term 4, 2010

wwwrite it – with Tristan Bancks is a competition, not a rap - an online adventure with a difference. Stage 4 students will write, connect with the author and with other students and use internet writing tools. Hosted by the Centre for Learning Innovation, developed in partnership with School Libraries & Information Literacy Unit. Live 29 August, 2010. The competition starts with Tristan's story starter on 11 October. Competition closes November 8.


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Raps and Book raps student : Do you have a request or suggestion for a rap or book rap? Would you like something a little different? What time of year suits you best?

A rap or book rap is an exciting teaching and learning adventure. A blog is used to host weekly discussion points in response to a text (books, films, websites), topic or event, stimulate classroom activities, and provide opportunities for teachers and students to share responses and ideas with other schools.

Each rap features support material you can integrate into a teaching unit. This support material addresses relevant syllabus outcomes and includes collaboratively planned lesson ideas including teaching strategies, proformas for use by students, and other resources, such as special guests available online, resources for use with IWBs, and WebQuests.

Do you have a request or suggestion for a rap or book rap? Would you like something a little different? What time of year suits you best?



Please send your suggestions and requests for future raps and book raps to the Rap Coordinator: colleen.foley@det.nsw.edu.au or fax (02) 9886 7413.

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