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Keep Calm and NAPLAN

Keep Calm and NAPLAN

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In May, Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will sit the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test. While the data might but put to good use, the overemphasis routinely placed on these tests defeats the point. It would be valuable to have an accurate measure of schools’ and students’ performance in

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Writing Tools

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Quick reference page for our favourite websites to help you punch-up your essays, speeches, articles and stories. Not only helpful for English, but any subject with written tasks. Keep in mind that these are just tools – you have to use your own judgement about whether to follow their suggestions. Our favourite Thesaurus Make your writing more interesting

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Succinct tips for great descriptive writing

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Succinct tips for great fictional or non-fictional descriptive writing – from Bruce Porter, journalism lecturer at Columbia College. See an example here of how to turn a boring opening sentence into an engaging description. 1. Don’t be literary or lyrical If it makes you feel like [a poet] inside you are probably being too self-conscious and that comes

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