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(Napalm) I mean Naplan

12 Mar

Interestingly napalm means “tactical weapon used to remove vegetative cover and instill fear” that is part of a military operation (some schools are drilling and regimenting this big time) – even more ironic. But as there is no “ducking for cover” in the big jungle of education – here are some resources.
Questions and answers http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/prep10/naplan/testing/testpapers.html
• Seven secrets students must know before September –Lindsay Williams http://www.englishteacherguru.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/qcst-writing-task-for-teachers.pdf also http://www.englishteacherguru.com/about/
• Idea-blue tac individual laminated CCEs in big letters on wall – different colours for different groups-point to these often
• Reading to learn- see article by D. Rose http://www.readingtolearn.com.au/
http://www.writingfix.com/
• Buy a book http://secondary.cengage.com.au/title/0170181766/2660
• Quality literacy teaching http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/northernadelaide/files/links/An_Introduction_to_Ouality.pdf
http://www.naplan.edu.au/

 
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  1. Kim Y

    March 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Hmmm….we refer to the testing as NAPALM!! I’m sure there are some members of my staff who will appreciate your opening paragraph!

     
    • anneweaver

      March 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

      Have just spent half a day inservicing on this, so thought I would practice explicitly modelling lexical and grammatical metaphor in a noun group chain which shows sophisticated and complex figurative language that students need to demonstrate to attract higher marks. Students apparently perform best in expositions or compressed “media res” active narratives, supported by functional grammar and lexical density. However, I probably need to work on sentence variety and punctuation, as more colons, semi-colons and hyphens are reported to boost results, as does nominalisation, cadence and parallelism; in addition to watching the ABC and SBS, instead of those “commercial” stations and visiting art galleries. Perhaps, the inservice left me a bit shell-shocked…

       
      • anneweaver

        March 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

        By the way, the inservice was provided by ETAQ, and not by my school.

         

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