Well, it’s nearly the end of the year and it is time for you to think back over the whole year and how your reading has come along during your time in Year 6. You have been given a lot of freedom to choose the kind of books you like to read and have also been expected to get good at choosing books that are “just right” for you. You have all really impressed me with your ability to read independently this year, and even the people who were not really readers at the start of the year are finishing the year very strongly.
So, create a Blogfolio posting to share the following information.
- The best book you have read this year and why
- The most challenging book you have read this year
- A book you tried to read but gave up
- The genres and authors you like and why you like them
- How you use reading skills to do research
- The Landmark Book you are reading at the moment and why it is a Landmark Book and not just any old book
Now, don’t be confused here… I am not asking you what your favourite animal is! That would be very uninteresting indeed. I am asking you to think about yourself, your personality and your behaviour and find an animal that is similar to you! IT IS NOT EASY. Believe me.
When you have thought about it deeply. Find a high quality image of the animal and create a JPEG with a description about why you and the animal are so similar. Make the description nice to read.
Here is mine:
Create a JPEG using Powerpoint to do a “The Important Thing About Me” page for a “The Important Thing About 6SS” book.
Read this quote and then make a comment to answer these questions:
- What does this quote mean to you?
- What “pebble” are you tossing into the world?
- How are you hoping to inspire people?
You were asked to select and read a Landmark Book during the Songkran holiday. A Landmark Book represents who you are as a reader at the moment by:
- Showing what genres interest you
- Showing which authors you appreciate
- Showing the level of book that is “just right” for you
On your Blogfolio, write a posting that tells us the following information:
- The title, author and image of your Landmark Book
- Why you chose to read that book and why it is a Landmark Book for you
- What connections there are between this book and other books you have read
When you have finished, copy and paste the URL into a comment on this blog posting so people can find your work quickly and easily.
You did some amazing thinking today. It was really important that we revised the Key Concepts so that you could use them to full effect during the Exhibition. By the time we did the third set of photographs your questions were much, much more conceptual, more powerful and more interesting – you really seemed like you wanted to know the answers.
Make a comment to share the following information with us:
- What were the most interesting questions you asked about the photographs?
- Which questions did you really want to find answers for?
- What questions have you created that will really help you become an expert on your spark?
This is a very old and well-known saying. But, what has it got to do with your PYP Exhibition? Well… it’s up to you to think about and explain that!
Make a comment and tell us:
- How this saying is connected to the PYP Exhibition
- What knowledge you will need to find out about your spark in order to make you powerful
The third circle in the diagram I made for Checkpoint #1 is all about making connections, all about finding out who else is interested in or taking action on issues related to your spark.
Your homework tonight is to do some in-depth research to find out:
- If anyone else in 6SS or in Year 6 has a spark that is similar to yours (Twitter/Facebook/Email/face-to-face)
- If anyone else in the school is interested in or taking action on issues related to your spark (Facebook/Email/face-to-face)
- If there are any individuals/ organizations in Bangkok that are working on issues related to your spark (Internet)
- If there are any individuals/organizations in Thailand that are working on issues related to your spark (Internet)
- If there are any individuals/organizations in Asia that are working on issues related to your spark (Internet)
- If there are any /individuals/organizations in the world that are working on issues related to your spark (Internet)
I think most of you guys remember a book called ‘If’. Then I thought it will be pretty cool if we make our own ‘If’. I had some more imagination happening so I wondered if you guys had some ideas too. For instance I wondered, what if the rocks can talk?
Now it’s time for you to think about it.
What ideas do you have of ‘ifs’? Why did you think that? Do you think it can be possible in the future?
Please draw your imagination and write, “what if… your idea”. Then please send it to me so I can make a book.
Hope to see cool ideas!
You can change “man” to “woman”, “girl” or “boy”!!!
This afternoon, we started talking about the thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears that you have about your spark. Spend some time tonight thinking more deeply about these things and then type them up in a detailed comment. You can use these prompts to organize your writing:
- What does your spark make you think about? Why do you think your spark is important? Why do you think other people might agree or disagree with you?
- How does your spark make you feel? Why do you think it makes you feel that way? Do you think other people might feel the same as you?
- What do you hope will happen to your spark in the future? How can you be involved?
- What do you fear about your spark? What might go wrong with it?