Mitch Vane – Illustrator

Next week we are lucky enough to have illustrator Mitch Vane visit our school. She is going to talk to the Middle Unit on Monday.

Before she comes, it is important that we learn a little bit about her. Mitch has written a little autobiography about herself. We will read it and think about the writing structure she has used, along with any powerful words.


Story Box

Information Reports – Biographies

This week we are going to start looking at information reports for writing. An information report is a nonfiction text, meaning it must include true facts and information.

Like other pieces of writing, an information report is a structured piece of writing that must have correct punctuation.

The structure of an information report is as follows:

  • Introduction – Definition of the topic. What/who is it?
  • Description – Include the most important facts and information, written in proper sentences. This section may use sub-headings.
  • Conclusion – A summary of the topic or comment that has not been previously mentioned in the text.

We are going to begin by writing a biography (an information report about another person). A biographies are going to be based on famous sports people (past or present).


When we are writing a biography, we need to find information before writing our draft. We will have to try and find information on the following:

Who are they? (Where are they from? DOB? Why are they famous?)

Before becoming famous

Occupation/Career (What do they do? Why are they so good? What is their role?)

Achievements (What have they achieved/won)

Other important information


Some ideas for people to choose from include the following:

Usain Bolt

Michael Jordon

Cathy Freeman

Ben Simmons

Steve Smith

Sally Peason

Daniel Ricardo

Tim Cahill

Cate Campbell

Stephanie Gilmore

Gary Ablett

Anna Meares

Mick Fanning

Laura Geitz

Kurt Fearnley

Lance Franklin

Damien Oliver

Typhoon Mangkhut

Today you will use the videos below to complete a BIG WRITE.

  • Think about the genres of writing you could complete based on the videos.
  • Choose 1 genre and your plan your writing.
  • Write a structured and engaging draft with lots of powerful language.
  • Proofread and revise your draft.
  • Publish your work.

Adventures are the Pits: Narrative

Today we are going to watch a short narrative film. We will then use the film to unpack a seed for a narrative story. Later in the week we will write our own descriptive narrative based on the film.

Remember a narrative is a descriptive piece of writing that must a setting at least one character. A narrative should always be written in paragraphs and should include an orientation, problem and solution.

Persuasive Writing: Example

Example Tubing

When we write a persuasive piece of writing, it must be structured and convincing.

This term we are focusing on using the following in our persuasive writing:

  • Powerful hook-ins with a clear opinion
  • Synonyms to replace boring words
  • Emotive words to explain feelings
  • Strong persuasive devices
  • Questions to make the reader think
  • Strong arguments that are very well supported with evidence and examples
  • A conclusion with a restated opinion and call to action
  • Structured paragraphs

Click on the example above and think about whether this piece of writing has been well-structured and if it is persuasive.


100WC Writing

Today for writing, we are going to continue to work on developing our descriptive language when writing 100 Word Challenges.

You must make sure you are following the writing process and working on one of the following drafts:

  • Tsunami 100WC
  • Massive Dive 100WC
  • Hot-Dog Competition 100WC

If you have completed all of these drafts and they have been properly proof read, have them checked by an adult. You will then work on the following challenge.

Prepare a seed based on the following topic… Your writing must also contain as many of our wow words that you can possibly use > the words are on the word wall.

Your writing must contain:

  • Description of the senses.
  • Adjectives
  • Synonyms
  • Similes
  • Emotive words
  • Correct sentence structure > sentences that begin with capital letters and do not all begin with I.

100 Word Challenge – Hot Dog Competition

Today you will unpack a senses seed to prepare for a 100 word challenge piece of writing based on a hot-dog eating competition. Your seed will included what you can see, feel, hear and wonder. You may like to complete your piece of writing as a narrator, from a competitors perspective or from an audience members perspective.

Remember to include lots of adjectives, emotive words, synonyms and similes to make your writing engaging to read.

Modelled Writing… 100 Word Challenge

Below is a piece of writing (100 WC) based on the image from the Red Bull Diving Competition. Think about the adjectives, emotive words, similes and sensory language that has been used.

The Massive Dive

My pounding heart was almost pumping out of my terrified chest. Below me are hundreds of cheering and excited spectators, who like a bunch of scattered ants. As I nervously look down, the blazing sun is shining on the glistening blue water and I stare at my target… a pool, which looks like a small bathtub from high above.

Worried and trembling like a crazy washing machine, I prepare to launch myself off the elevated platform, which seems like thousands of meters above earth. I wonder if I will survive my massive dive…

100 Word Challenge – Writing Prompt

Today we are going to begin the writing process for a 100 Word Challenge. Your task we be to complete the most descriptive piece of writing you can in 100 words based on the writing prompt below.

David Colturi - Action

You must:

  • Unpack a senses seed (feels, looks, hears & wonderings)
  • Write a draft (written in sentences, use adjectives, senses, synonyms, emotive words and synonyms).
  • Proofread and revise your work.

Information Report – Biography

On Monday you unpacked a seed on Leigh Hobbs in preparation to write a biography.

Remember the structure of an information report… It needs to have a classification (What is the topic?), a body (descriptions about the topic written in paragraphs) and a conclusion (a final piece of information or personal comment in a paragraph).

Here is an example of a biography written by a student in 3/4A on Usain Bolt. Think about what this person has done well to make their writing successful.

Usain Bolt Izzy

Information Report Writing

Today you will need to continue your excellent writing based on information reports. Your reports will still be based on an animal and we will begin reports (biographies) on a famous person next week.

Look at Tylah’s information report on Hyenas. Why do you think this is a successful piece of writing?

Hyenas Tylah

You must follow the writing process and make sure your report is structured correctly.

  • Classification – What is the topic?
  • Body (Description of appearance, behaviour and habitat written in separate paragraphs).
  • Conclusion – Personal comment about the topic or interesting piece of information that has not been mentioned in the body.

Your report should include:

  • Technical words
  • Adjectives
  • Synonyms

Make sure you include capital letters in the correct places and try and add extra detail to your report that will extend your writing.