This week…
December 9, 2007, 6:42 pm
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Dear yr 9 Humreaders

This week we MUST finish reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Roll of Thunder hear my cry.

You also have the written response to Strange Fruits to complete – this piece of work will be assessed.

IF we finish all this, we MAY be able to watch Mississippi Burning.

The learning and reading ball is in your court!


mrs B

Strange Fruits Task – due after classes on Wednesday
December 6, 2007, 11:05 pm
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Strange Fruit response 

1.         Read about the power and importance of the song on the following sites: 

2.         Listen to the song again using the PBS site. 

3.         Discuss the obvious and hidden meanings of the song.           

In this answer you will need to consider the historical context of the song and song lyrics, the performer and her cultural history, the imagery used to create the  obvious meanings and the metaphors used to create the hidden meanings.   

Due: Wednesday     

Mapping Quiz
December 6, 2007, 7:51 pm
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Dear Yr 9 Humographers,

Go to the site below (cut and paste URL) and do the quiz:

Then, wait for instructions!

mrs B

Racism rears its ugly head
December 4, 2007, 9:09 pm
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Dear Yr 9,

After viewing To Kill a Mockingbird, I hope you have an appreciation for the reasons why we talk about these issues. To respond to your viewing I would like you to answer the following questions for homework tonight:

1.  How did you feel about the guilty verdict in the film To Kill a Mockingbird. Give your reasons. 

2. What did the film To Kill a Mockingbird  tell you about stereotypes, society and racism? 

3. What did the film tell you about the role of the individual in society under such circumstances?

In lessons 1 and 2 tomorrow you will work in groups to collate your answers and come up with a page that reflects your groups’ response. You will need to develop the clearest response to the questions from each person’s writing and create an A3 page to be displayed on the wall, showing your responses.

Be CREATIVE! Use colour, images etc to support your writing.

Clear? No questions?

Mrs B

Election 2007 Calvin Yr 9 Style
November 15, 2007, 7:52 pm
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Election 2007

This unit is designed to allow you to participate in an election based on the Australian electoral system. Your marks are dependant on your commitment to research, time and effort put into the tasks.

Preparation              1.     Select a Tasmanian seat (House of Representatives) for you to contest as a candidate:          Scroll down to find  Tasmania and select a seat.       

2.     Choose a currently registered Australian political party from the list on this site:        ies/index.htm       

3.     Read the major players’ You Tube sites at:  and all the people standing for election in Tasmania at:        =Politics+and+governance&Heading=Elections&SubHeading=Elections+(Federal) 

4.     Research the party, its foundations, ideas and policies using the sites already listed and    the ABC Elections site.                             

5.     Explore the key election issues for your chosen seat.    


Assessable Tasks A.     Clearly outline your party’s and your position on the key issues in your chosen electorate         (no longer than 1 page)        Due date:                                                     Assessed at Cr 2, 3 and 9 

B.     Create a 2 sided election flyer for yourself, detailing your party name, main policies in  your electorate, your election ‘platform’ (ie: what you will do if you are elected and your preference voting details). Use current candidate flyers for inspiration.       

Due Date:                                               Assessed at Cr 2, 3, 7 and 9

C.     Prepare and present a 1-2 min policy speech to your class (voters)       

 Due date:                                                  Assessed at Cr 1 and  8

So, what do you think?
November 14, 2007, 12:18 am
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Dear Humcandidates,

Today you need to think about which political party is the one you would like to be involved with and represent at our class election.

After your reading of SOSE 3 2nd edition pp 272 -273, and 268 – 269, briefly research the other politcal party options (rough notes will do):

the greens

the Shooters party

One Nation

Christian Democrats Party

the Citizens Electoral Council.

2. Next, do you wish to run for the Senate or the House of Representatives – give your reasons why.

This needs to be completed for Friday’s lessons.


Mrs B

Wednesday 14 Nov
November 13, 2007, 12:09 am
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Dear Humliticals

Today’s lesson is complex.

1.         Spelling + definitions test

2.         Watch ‘The Land’ video

3.         SOSE 3, 2nd ed pp 254 – 255 – read and copy diagram into workbooks

3.         Watch  ‘The Constitutional Alphabet’ + note taking

4.         Into the lab to go to the followings sites and answer the questions:

Go to:

a.         What is one of the principles of Australian democracy?

b.         Explain the concept of preferential voting.

c.         What is a ticket vote?

Go to:


a.         Summarise details about the Tasmanian electorate.

If you don’t get it finished in class, it turns into homework.


Mrs B

Lord of the Flies – film response
November 8, 2007, 11:47 pm
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Dear Humsurvivors,

You are to complete a film response from your viewing of the film “Lord of the Flies’.

What did the film tell you about  people, power, fear and rules?

(In your answer, comment on all four elements)

Due: Monday 12 Nov


:) Mrs B

Political Unit Wednesday 7 Nov
November 5, 2007, 10:37 pm
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Dear potential Humvoters,
We begin our Governance unit today. Firstly, we look at what happens when there is no governance. Check out the HK link.

In groups to be determined by me, you have a short research / poster task to be completed by end of Thursday’s lessons. This research will also help you with the usual quiz nect Monday. Here’s how to do it:

Using sources listed on the Governance Blogroll, find out about each source of government listed and using images and maps and names and photos and colours and any thing else you want to add, create a LARGE poster with each form of governance explained (in brief if you want to fit it on one LARGE poster sheet).

You will have 3 internet lessons + one classroom lesson today + 2 lessons on Thursday to complete.

Any questions? CME.

Mrs B

The forms of governance are: Anarchy, Monarchy, Dictatorship, Facism, Democracy, Communism and Theocracy.

Reformation test Monday 5 Nov
November 1, 2007, 9:08 am
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Dear Year Nine Humprotesters

Monday’s quiz is a biggie – you be assessed on how well you can write and reflect on what you have seen (from the movie “Luther”) what you have read (in SOSE2, Tradition and Change and all the other places you have found) and how you can present a reasoned discussion concerning moral, social and religious issues. How well you can demonstrate your understanding of others’ beliefs and values will also be assessed.

The historical people concerned are:
Huss, Tyndall, Erasmus, Wycliff and Luther.

Read through your notes each night and really think about their contribution to the Reformation. Practice writing out your answers.

Happy studying!

Mrs B