Brazil – Synthesing

Synthesising is when we learn new information or change our thinking during/after reading. We can record our thinking while reading to show how our thinking is changing.

Brazil is the host of this years soccer world cup beginning in the coming days. We are going to complete a synthesising wheel on Brazil and use the link below to read and change our thoughts on the country.

To begin you will need to to write down your thinking about Brazil before you start reading. As you read you can then add to your thoughts. Your thoughts might change or you may learn something new about the country.

Once you have read the text and written down your thoughts, you will your thinking into a synthesising wheel by using the link below.

Melbourne Cup

Write down all of your thinking about the Melbourne Cup.

Read the following information on the Melbourne Cup and watch the the replay of last years race to add to and/or change your thinking. You will then need to record your thinking in a synthesising wheel.

History of the Cup

Through tears and triumphs, ‘the race that stops a nation™’ has cemented its position as a revered sporting, social and cultural event that continues to play a significant role in defining Australia’s national identity.

Where did it all begin?

In 1861, at the first running of the Melbourne Cup, the race club committee could hardly have envisaged the Cup lasting a century and a half and growing to become a significant part of our social and sporting culture.

In front of an estimated crowd of 4000 people, Archer became the first winner of the Melbourne Cup. Victorians, and the wider Australian community, were already displaying their great passion for thoroughbred racing.

Today, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race held in Australia, and the prize money and trophies make it among the richest horseraces in the world.

Flemington was fairly basic in the early days with little in the way of running rails or stands. But the Melbourne Cup quickly became popular as a carnival with picnic parties, sideshows, celebrations and people showing off their latest fashions. Socialites, politicians and Australia’s rich and famous attended the Cup right from the earliest days, as they still do today.

While the Cup was first run on a Thursday, in 1875 it changed to a Tuesday and has normally been run on the first Tuesday in November each year. In three of the five years during the Second World War (1942, 1943 and 1944) it was held on a Saturday.

At the time of the first Cup, Victoria was experiencing the gold rush and many people had flocked to Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat in the hope of finding gold. A few gold-diggers were fortunate and became wealthy, and they enjoyed splurging at Flemington.

By 1880, 100,000 people would make the journey to Flemington to attend the Cup. As Melbourne’s population was only 290,000 at the time, this attendance was quite phenomenal, and many visitors came from the country and other Australian colonies, too. These were flourishing times as Melbourne continued to grow during and after the gold rush period.

“There was barely standing room on the lawn and many ladies were unable to find a seat for the whole day. The Paddock was overcrowded to excess and the Hill was simply a mass of human beings. It has reached a stage now that almost everyone in Melbourne goes to the Spring racing.” – Australasian Newspaper (1871).

Champion horses have always thrilled spectators. There are stories of endurance, scandal, controversy, tragedy and heroism including great horses such as:

–           Carbine (1890)

–           Phar Lap (1930)

–           Peter Pan (1932 and 1934)

–           Comic Court (1950)

–          Rising Fast (1954)

–           Rain Lover (1968 & 1969)

–           Kiwi (1983)

–           Vintage Crop (1993)

–          Might and Power (1997)

–           Makybe Diva (2003, 2004 & 2005).

From Etienne de Mestre in the 1860s and 1870s, and Lee Freedman in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, who have both trained five Cup winners, to the ‘Cup’s King’ Bart Cummings, who since 1965 has won 12 Cups, horse trainers continue to strive to set records in thoroughbred racing.


Music Lyrics – Synthesising & Inferring

We have been doing an excellent job of synthesising and presenting our work in synthesising wheels, which shows how much our thinking can change when reading.

Today we are going to use our inferring skills to help us synthesise from music lyrics.

Listen to and read the lyrics from ‘The Fighter’ and track your thinking while reading. Write down your thinking at the beginning of the text (What do think this song is going to be about?), write down your thoughts during and how your thinking changes and then write down your thinking at the end of the song.

It will be interesting to see what your thinking is. Remember you will need to use your inferring skills to understand parts of this text, so make sure you use your open questions to help you infer.

Once you have completed your thinking you will be able to present your work in synthesising wheel. The link is below.