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Poem About Me!

I am the girl who likes fluffy cats,

I am the student who wears her school hat.

I am the daughter that is Italian,

I am the Australian who is a Melbournian.

I am the daughter who cares for her mum,

I am the friend who has lots of fun.

I am Ella!

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100WC #18

Over the holidays, my crazy family from SA visited. I saw them 5 times in total, over only 2 days!!!! There were only 3 of them, and it was complete chaos. One was playing trumpet. One was talking to my dad (when I say talking, I mean yelling). And one was playing around with the sounds on a miniature electric keyboard (and I’m not talking about classic piano sounds, I’m talking about police sirens, dogs barking, that sort of stuff). He’s 17. They’re REALLY crazy, and that’s only 3 people. When we go to Adelaide for Christmas dinner, it’s a whole different level of crazy……

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100WC #17

“So, what lies ahead of primary school graduation? High school, sure. But what else? I’m going to make new friends, get new teachers, and have a whole new life! The homework will probably quadruple, and it’ll be really intimidating. Older kids, bigger responsibilities, it’ll be like going back to prep!” Sally yelled at her mum, frustrated about leaving school. It was the night of her graduation- she had spilled black current juice on her once white dress, her hair was refusing to go into place and she had a huge pimple on her forehead. The night was going terribly already!

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100WC #16

“No way.” I whispered, my breath visible in the cold winter’s morning. 2 huge footprints were in the grass, creating 2 deep holes. There were only 2 prints, so I knew it couldn’t be an animal. But surely there couldn’t be a human alive with feet that big! So if it wasn’t an animal, nor a human, what could it be? I looked around the park and crouched down on the dew covered grass, feeling the dirt. That’s when I heard footsteps behind me. Loud, booming footsteps. My sunlight was blocked by a huge shadow. I turned to look behind me and saw……….

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100Wc #15

As my mum watered our garden and my younger sister played her squeaky violin, I sat on the sofa, the scarlet cushions surrounding me. I sat waiting, for the time when something special would happen to me. Something that would take me away from my annoying sister, and my bossy, overprotective mum. Something that would present me with an opportunity, an opportunity so huge that not even my mother could prevent me from taking. The day that my dad asked me to move in with him. Away from the crying of my delusional mother, towards a slightly less insane father.

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100WC #14

There was someone living in the cave. A campfire was set up, and a flame was burning, slowly eating away at the bark. I couldn’t see anyone in there. I decided to look. I pushed past the bushes that surrounded the entrance. A twig snapped under my foot, and suddenly everything went dark in the cave. The campfire had been extinguished. Immediately, I was scared. My heart started to beat faster. I heard footsteps, not mine, coming towards me. I turned around, ready to run the way I had come. But hands grabbed my shoulders, and I was dragged away.

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100WC #13

It just hovered there. The ball of light. We didn’t know what it was, or why it was there. All we knew was that we were scared. We didn’t know where we were, or how we got there. My little sister clutched my arm as the ball started to move towards us. Closer and closer, faster and faster. Suddenly, it lurched forwards. As is came rushing towards us we dove out of the way, bashing into the surrounding rocks. Then it was gone. It just disappeared into thin air. I sighed, trying to cover up my scratches from the rocks.

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Charles- Homework Reflections

I found it interesting when Ambrose mentioned that Laurie is a young kid because he uses crayons and a see saw. That is true, although, you could have said that you inferred that. I also think it was good how you said that Laurie wants attention to make friends because that is true in the real world.

 

I found it interesting how Jacinta mentioned that she thought the author chose Laurie to be a kid who lies. I asked why she thought that that was the case, and she said because the author might have known a kid who lied, or may have even been one herself.

 

I found it interesting how Holly said that Charles was the main character, because I thought that Laurie was the main character. I think that she thought this because Charles is the same person as Laurie, the title of the story is ‘Charles’, and the whole story is based around him.

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Charles- 5 Facts of Fiction

Charles

The 5 Facts of Fiction

 

Fiction is all about the character:

In this story, ‘Charles’, the main character is Laurie. However, the story is narrated by his mother. Laurie is a young boy who is just starting school. I think that he is cheeky and smart because he is able to convince his parents that there is a boy in his class called Charles. I think that the author made Laurie seem like a very innocent boy because that makes it a more interesting plot twist when the mother finds out that her son has been displaying bad behavior.

‘“We don’t have any Charles in the class.”’

I think that Laurie started being naughty because he was confronted with a new situation like school, and he wanted to be cool and make friends. He is young, and I think he doesn’t know any way to make friends other than rebel against authority.

‘“Today Charles hit the teacher.”’

 

Fiction is all about what your character wants:
Laurie wants to fit in. He wants to be cool, and he wants his parents to be proud of him. He wants them to think that he is totally capable of going to school and that he is not having any problems. He wants them to think this so they have the impression that he is all grown up.

‘“Charles wanted to color with green crayons so he hit the teacher and she spanked him and said nobody play with Charles… but everybody did.”’

 

 

This plot is interesting because Laurie goes to great lengths to lie to his parents, rather than confront them about the issues he has been having at school. Laurie’s parents fall into their child’s trap, and are under the impression that their son is very capable and a well behaved child.

‘My sweet-voiced nursery-school tot replaced by a long-trousered, swaggering character who forgot to stop at the corner and wave good-bye to me.’

I think that if the story were to continue without Laurie’s parent finding out that their son was Charles, Laurie would be even more desperate to make his parents proud. As the story progressed and Laurie saw how happy his parents were with how he was coping, it would be even harder to confront them about his problems. He sort of made the problem harder by lying to his parents.

 

Fiction is all about how the character gets/doesn’t get what he/she wants:

For a while, Laurie gets exactly what he wants. His parents are very proud of him for not being influenced by Charles’ actions, and he gets away with being a really naughty kid. Because of the way that the author ended this story, we don’t actually know how the mother reacts to finding out that Laurie and Charles are the same person. I can infer that she would be mad at Laurie for showing bad behavior, but would also want to help him have a better experience at school.

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

I think that if this story was set from Laurie’s point of view, the story would be very different. You would know from the very start that Laurie was the same person as Charles, and you would know exactly why he was acting that way. However, the plot twist at the end of the story wouldn’t have been very effective. If Laurie’s mother had gone to the school earlier to talk about Charles’ impact on the other children, the story would have ended sooner and in a different way. So, Laurie did get what he wanted for a little bit, but in the end he made his problem worse.

 

Fiction is all about how the character changes:

At the start of the story, Laurie’s mother talks about how her son is growing up and going to school, and from her pint of view, that is how he is changing.

‘The day my son Laurie started school he abandoned corduroy overalls with bibs and began wearing blue jeans with a belt; I watched him go off the first morning with the older girl next door, seeing clearly that an era of my life was ended.’

As the story progresses, you come across other changes in Laurie’s personality. You start to figure out that Laurie, a kid whose mother once saw him to be very innocent and well behaved  is actually very naughty. Then you can wonder and infer why he has changed his personality so drastically.

‘“We had a little trouble adjusting, the first week or so,” she said formally, “but now he’s a fine little helper. With occasional lapses, of course.”

“Laurie usually adjusts very quickly,” I said. “I suppose this time it’s Charles’s influence.”’

It is important that the author made Laurie change, because otherwise you would be under the impression that Laurie was Charles throughout the entire story.

 

Fiction is all about the world that the author creates:

This story is set in a school environment. It is an experience that most kids go through so it is relatable. You can understand why Laurie is acting the way that he is acting, and you can relate to being put under pressure to make friends. In the real world, actions have consequences, and that is what Laurie needs to learn. He needs to know that he doesn’t have to be bad if he wants to make friends, and in a real school environment, it is important to make friends. This is a world that is very much like our lives, and I think the reason that the author decided to set the story in this environment is so people can relate to it and understand how Laurie is feeling and thinking. In this world, the good things are how Laurie’s parents and teachers may be able to understand why he is lying. Some bad things are how there is so much pressure on Laurie to make friends, and how that can influence Laurie negatively.

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100WC #12

Jerry the seal and Gordon the seal were lounging around on the warm rocks, soaking up the sun when Gordon decided to tell a joke.

“Hey Jerry, knock knock!” The young seal said.

“Who’s there?” Jerry responded in a cheeky tone.

“Seal!”

“Seal who?”

“You’d better seal your windows so fish burglars don’t get in!” Gordon started to chuckle, which made Jerry start to laugh. The young seals started to laugh hysterically. They laughed at this terrible joke for 15 minutes, but they were interrupted by their mother, Sally the seal. She told them that dinner was ready, so the brothers ate their dinner, still giggling.