Thursday, 12 April 2018

Holes - Activity 3

WALT: Use the text to support our thinking.

Throughout the past few weeks, I have been reading the book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
There is also a movie based around this book. This week I read, chapters 16 - 19 and my brief
summary of these chapters are, Stanley writes back to his mum, Zero doesn't know how to read,
and Magnet stole Mr. Sir's sunflower seeds. This presentation/task is based around chapters 16 - 19.
Take a look and I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Tech @ Tamaki Task for Term 1 - Charity Box

I am a year 8 student @ Pt England School and as a privilege, every Tuesday, we get to go down to Tamaki College to do something called, Tech. There are 4 groups and I was put in the graphic group for this term. This was our task for the whole term and I have finally completed it. It is a sort of charity donation box. It includes my charity and the benefits of donating something useful for the kids that are in need. I have designed it using a few Samoan patterns here and there, not much colour, but I think this will do.  It also has a phrase at the top. Spare some change to Spare a LIFE. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Complex Sentences

WALT: Identify and write complex sentences.

This is a similar presentation and task to the dependent clauses, but this is based around
writing and identifying complex sentences.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Guide for Unlucky Campers - Article

If you are reading this, you are one of the unlucky campers being sent off to Camp Green Lake.
You are probably thinking that Camp Green Lake is somewhere with a huge freshwater lake for
swimming and having fun, and you probably think that it is a place with a lot of trees and maybe
some bushes or something like that...right? Well, here comes the reality of it. This particular camp is
actually the opposite of what you could be thinking. Camp Green Lake is actually a desert. No lake,
No trees, No fun, Not even any GREEN.  It is just a plain blazing hot desert. That’s why I’m here to give
you a guide of how to survive at Camp Green Lake!

First of all, what extra things you should consider taking?. Water... is the number one priority. Trust me,
you’re gonna want you’re own water to have when the provided canteen hasen’t been filled yet.
Otherwise, look forward to being thirsty for the next year or so. Secondly, Take a bit of food but stash
it away somewhere, so that you can eat it on your own or if you could just decide to eat the horrible
food given to you there. There isn’t much of it. Something else you could take is maybe some spare
clothes to wear when you’re not working you bum off. And maybe also take a hat to cover your face,
you’re really gonna need it, seeing as it’s a desert with steaming hot sun blazing down on you everyday.
Maybe, if take some pepper spray for self defence and i recommend learning how to fight/ defend

Next, how should you act when you arrive? You normally arrive on a bus which takes you
approximately 7-8 hours depending on where you are coming from. When you arrive at camp
green lake, at least try to act like you’re not surprised or act sort of staunch. But, most important of
all, don’t have attitude and don’t take what people say seriously, unless their telling you their
nicknames/names. Take that really seriously. Understand, what the warden tells you about running
away because, there really isn’t for another hundred miles. Anyways, overall, act staunch and stay
committed to just doing your time at Camp Green Lake and getting it over with.

What to say? If people ask you what your name is, Just say your name and they will probably have
you’re nickname sorted out already. If someone asks you if you want water, say yes but without attitude.
Whatever you do, don’t really ask anyone to help you with your work unless, they offer first and if the
counsellor talks to you, tell him everything. He will help you sort your life out. So, yeah just say what
you feel like saying. Just watch out what you say to certain people.

Who should you be wary of? This is a big question. One is Mr. Sir. He isn’t really scary, but I believe
that he is a quite suspicious counsellor. Similar to Mr. Pendanski. But, Mr Sir is just plain mean and
sarcastic. Not in a good way either. Mr. Sir wears sunglasses even when he’s inside, he wears a hat
all the time and he has a rattlesnake tattoo. I also recommend keeping your distance with Mr. Pendanski
for he acts really kind and nice, but he could do something else. He is suspicious but if he offers you
water, check it and take if you feel safe. So, look out for Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski. Most of the other
fellow inmates are fine and harmless. Most times. Oh and before I forget. The warden owns the only
spot of shade there is in the entire desert.

What to look out for when digging holes? I didn’t tell you this before but when you arrive at Camp
Green Lake, when Mr. Sir is speaking to you, he will talk to you about your job. You will be digging 1 hole
each day that has to be 5 ft tall and 5 ft wide. When you think of it, it sounds pretty easy. But no. It’s hard
work, especially when working in a desert. Anyways, what to look out for? Top priority! Be aware of
Yellow-Spotted Lizards! They don’t sound so do they? Actually, they are! One bite from a
yellow-spotted lizard and that’s you. You will die a slow and painful death. You might as well go lay in the
warden’s shade. No one can bother you there. And if you seem to find anything like treasure or
something you think is valuable, then whatever you do, don’t tell anyone. Try your best to hide it away. Yeah, so
look out for anything valuable and look out for yellow-spotted lizards.

That’s it for my guide on how to survive you’re time at camp green lake. Hopefully this will be
helpful for you unlucky campers headed for this horrible, terrible place known as Camp Green Lake.

Friday, 6 April 2018

The Wave2

The Wave 2

It had been a wild day. A hot wind had blown angry grey clouds
across the sky, and the waves seemed unsettled and agitated.
From the deck in front of the beach house where they were stay-
ing, Paul watched the surfers pitting their skills against the swell,
pulling out just before the waves peaked and crashed down upon
them. He wished he was out there, but his mum refused to buy
him a surfboard until he was older. ‘The sea can be cruel’, she
always said.

Paul could watch the sea forever. The beach house was high up in
the sand dunes, and he was captivated by the way the ocean
stretched out into the distance, the way the swell keep rolling in,
wave after unstoppable wave. The sun was starting to dip towards
the horizon, but the temperature was still uncomfortably hot. If he
was quick there would still be time for one last swim before his
parents arrived home.

He jumped up from the swing seat he had been sitting on, and
rushed down the sand dunes. The steepness and the shifting sand
always made it difficult to stay on his feet, but soon he was on the
beach, running faster as the sand got harder, hurtling towards the
surf. Now he was in the shallows with the cool water spraying up
all around him. On he went, knee deep, waist deep, looking for the
right moment to dive in.

The waves were bigger than he expected. A huge wall of water was
rushing towards him, gathering its strength to crash down on him.
He dived into it just before it broke, escaping the buffeting from
the white water. But this wave was not finished with him yet. He
was knocked back and driven down toward the sea floor. It rolled
and twisted him, holding him under. He tried hard to get to the
surface, his lungs bursting. With one last heave, the wave dumped
him into the shallow water, and, having exhausted its energy,
rolled back out to sea.

Some things to ponder

Story structure
Setting: Where does the story take place?
This story was first set in a beach
house way up high in the sand dunes.
Characters: Who are the characters in the story?
The characters that had been written
in this story were, A boy named Paul
and his Mother.
Problem: What is the problem in the story?
Paul decided to go for one last swim
before his parents got home. As he
went waist deep into the water, the
waves seemed to be bigger than he
expected that he’d have to control.
As a huge waving rushed towards him
ready to crash him down, he tried to
dive under the wave, but was
knocked/dragged down to the sea floor
in danger of drowning.
Feelings: How do the main characters feel about the problem?
In the text it doesn’t say that the
Mother knew what was happening to
Paul down at the beach. But, I would
believe that Paul would have felt worried
that he could drown if he lost too
much air.
Action: What action do the characters take?
Paul tried his hardest to swim up to
the surface, but with one last push,
the wave crashed down on him and
dumped him into the shallow waters.
Outcome: How did the story end?
At the End, the water had dumped
Paul into the shallow waters and the
wave calmly returned to the ocean.
Themes: Is there a lesson in the story?
This has made me want to make sure
that I could handle the waves at a beach
before I just go straight in.

Follow up

1. Write the next paragraph to the story. How will Paul react to what has
happened? How does he feel about the sea now?

Last Paragraph of the Story:
The waves were bigger than he expected. A huge wall of water was
rushing towards him, gathering its strength to crash down on him.
He dived into it just before it broke, escaping the buffeting from
the white water. But this wave was not finished with him yet. He
was knocked back and driven down toward the sea floor. It rolled
and twisted him, holding him under. He tried hard to get to the
surface, his lungs bursting. With one last heave, the wave dumped
him into the shallow water, and, having exhausted its energy,
rolled back out to sea.

My Paragraph:
As the wave had rolled back out to sea, Paul awoke, gasping for air! Paul
had sadly forgotten what had happened to him and was wondering how he
ended up on the ocean shore. His mother saw him lying on the beach shore
and ran down as fast as she could. He stood up shaking off the sand and
seaweed the had washed up with him as well.
2. Design a swimsuit or some apparatus that would help Paul stay in
control while swimming in rough surf. Use diagrams with labels to show
your interesting ideas.
3. Challenge: Write a 20 sentence story. Your story must include the words:
agitated, gathering, exhausted and captivated. You can use other tenses
of the word i.e gathered.

Hi, my name is Taulagi and I am going to talk about my first time learning how
to be in a boat. So...Have you had lessons for doing something similar to
getting into a boat? Or having to take swimming lessons for a competition
coming up or something like that. Well, I did. I learnt how to get into a boat and
at first I felt agitated to begin but I got over that feeling and (with a bit of help) I
climbed into the centre of the boat. Since it was just a lesson, and we were
beginners, we had our session in one of the big pools. Anyways, as soon as
I entered the middle of the boat, it shook a bit. But then I felt like I was really in
a boat on the ocean. Feeling that, I gathered  the other participants and they j
umped in the boat one by one. I think that by the last person we had too many
people in the boat at once, because it captivated. It was hilarious. Everyone
fell in the pool and got soaking wet. After this happened, the tutor taught us
how to handle a situation similar to this. We also had to understand the
importance of wearing a fitable life jacket and how it can save our lives more
than we think. Our session was only 30 minutes, because their were people
waiting for their turn. So, once we finished, I was extremely exhausted from
having to get in and out of the boat so many times. And falling out a lot. But,
overall it was amazing. I have learnt so much new skills to do with being on a
boat. I strongly believe that I will enjoy being on a boat more often now.
Thanks to this lesson and future lessons to come.

Holes Activity 1


This has the same topic as activity 2, just a few different questions and tasks.

Holes Activity 2

This is my holes activity number 2. Have you seen the movie holes o read the book? This
presentation/task is based around the movie and book, "Holes," written by Louis Sachar.