.Today we discussed the best process for deciding what to purchase for our library. We talked about forming a committee of interested children to make decisions for the hub. The children came up with ideas about the skills these children would need. We were very impressed at their suggestions. Some of these are written below.
- Be passionate about libraries.
- Listen to others.
- Good with numbers.
- Make sensible decisions.
- Be able to visualise how much room things take up - good spatial awareness.
- Have a growth mindset.
- Be reliable.
- Be confident and hardworking.
- Work as a team.
- Have experience with visiting and using libraries.
Do YOU have what it takes to be on our committee?
If you think you have the skills we are looking for are write an application which is to be handed in to your teacher tomorrow.
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Georgetta asked a great question today. She was writing a story that involved the characters using direct speech, so she was using speech marks. Then, Georgetta wanted the character to think, but not speak, and she wondered if thoughts need speech marks.
Here's what we found:
Knowing how to punctuate or format your character’s thoughts can be difficult. Should you use italics? Quotation marks? Underlining. What is the best way to show that a character is thinking within a given sentence or paragraph?
When the protagonist of your story pauses to think something, you need to set it apart somehow from the regular text and dialogue. There are a few different ways of formatting characters’ thoughts.
The most straightforward way to do this is to paraphrase the characters’ thoughts into the narrative.
Methods for formatting characters’ thoughts:
1. Sometimes, you don’t need to do anything to make it clear that a character is thinking, because the character’s thoughts will appear as if they are a part of the narrative—so that the line between the character and the “narrator” is thinned nearly to invisibility.
When the brothers climbed up the riverbank, their school clothes coated with mud and filth, it occurred to them for the first time that their mom would be furious. Why hadn’t they gone home first to change into play clothes? Oh well, they were already in trouble for being late for dinner, and they might as well get it over with. The trio trudged home reluctantly.
2. Another useful technique is to use italics to format thoughts, which is an effective tool when thoughts and spoken dialogue are interspersed. This technique is becoming standard practice among publishers—and for good reason. The different type style makes it quite clear when a person is thinking versus speaking aloud.
When the brothers climbed up the riverbank, their school clothes coated with mud and filth, it occurred to them for the first time that their mom would be furious. Why didn’t we go home first to change into play clothes? Roger thought. “We’re already in trouble for being late for dinner, so we might as well get it over with,” he told his brothers, and the trio trudged home reluctantly.
This style is also popular with science fiction and horror writers, who use italics to show telepathic communication between characters.
We have decided to use italics when we write inner thoughts.
Wow! What an amazing time we had at the bake sale...all the children (and teachers) had a great time setting up their stalls and selling their food. We were so pleased that we had some parents who could stay and help us too. All the customers had great manners and it was exciting to see children selling their food and giving the correct change. Thank you to everyone who helped make our bake sale a success:) We are now going to decide what we will buy for our new library.
Today we have been completing our posters, writing adds on the concrete and taking about what we will be baking tonight. In the morning we need to bring our baking to the hall, then take our bags to our class. If we need to finish our posters, we need to do that in class before school. Our teachers will take to register in the hall in the morning, then we will wash our hands and get ready to sell our products.
Bake sale day check list