BTN (Behind The News) – Year in Review 2019

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Year in Review 2019’. After viewing the story you need to answer the following questions in your language books. Remember to write in full sentences and either write the question in the answer or the question and the answer. Detail in your answers in also required.

1.What do you think was the most interesting Aussie news event this year? Give reasons for your answer.

2.Which world news story would you like to know more about? Why?

3.Which world news story had the biggest impact on you this year? Why?

4.Which story about kids did you like the most? Why?

5.What topics or issues would you like to see reported on BTN next year?

6.What do you think was the funniest moment on BTN this year?

7.What changes would you make to BTN?

8. What has been the most interesting BTN story you’ve watch in 2019?


BTN (Behind The News) – Parliament House

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Parliament House’. Once you’ve watched the story you need to answer the comprehension questions in your Language book.

  • Don’t forget to proof read and edit your writing.
Discussion Questions
1. Where in Australia is Parliament House?
2. The House of Representatives is also known as the ________ house.
3. Apart from federal members who else can sit in the House of Representatives?
4. Describe the purpose of Question Time.
5. What does it mean when the speaker says ‘order’?
6. How many senators are there in the Senate?
a. 56
b. 76
c. 106
7. What happens in the Prime Minister’s sitting room?
8. How much does the flag on top of Parliament House weigh?
9. Describe what the Parliament House building is designed to look like.
10. Can you name two past Australian Prime Ministers?

Australian Prime Ministers Research Task

The role of the Australian Prime Minister is always in the news. So to gain an understanding of the role of the Prime Minister you are going to do some research. (Remember to use the appropriate research skills to navigate on google!)

1. How many Prime Ministers have we had in Australia?

2. Who was the Australia’s first Prime Minister and what was their starting and finishing dates in the role?

3. Who was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister and how long were they in the role?

4. Who was Australia’s shortest serving Prime Minister and how long were the in the role?

5. How many different political parties have our Prime Ministers been leader of? What were the parties?

6. Name each of the Prime Ministers from your lifetime.

7. CHALLENGE TASK: Choose one Prime Minister and find out this information about them.

  • Date of Birth
  • Location of Birth
  • Where are they from?
  • What other jobs (outside of politics) did they do?
  • What other jobs in politics have they held?
  • How long were the PM?
  • What are they doing now? If they have died explain when.

BTN (Behind The News) – Martin Luther King

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Martin Luther King’. Once you have viewed the story you need to answer the comprehension questions into your language books. I want you to focus on taking your time and completing your neatest writing!

1. In Australia it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of their race. True or false?
2. What was Martin Luther King’s famous speech called?
3. What year did Martin Luther King make his “I Have a Dream” speech?
4. Martin Luther King was an American civil rights activist, what does this mean?
5. Give some examples of segregation that occurred in America in the 1950s.
6. In which American state was Martin Luther King born?
7. Martin Luther King led peaceful protests in the 1950s. What is a peaceful protest?
8. Name the Australian civil rights leader that was inspired by Martin Luther King.
9. When did segregation laws end in the United States?
10. What prestigious award did Martin Luther King win for his role in the Civil Rights Movement?

BTN (Behind The News) – Remembrance Day

Click on the link below to view the BtN story of your choice.

TASK ONE – Once you have watched the story to will need to click on the link for the discussion questions and then answer the questions in your language book.

TASK TWO – Choose a second story that interests you and write a summary of the BtN explaining what the story is about, why is this significant and also concluding with your own feelings on focus of the story.

Literature Circles Book Review

To conclude our Literature Circles sessions for the term you are going to to write a review of your book. You need to include; your book’s title, author, a summary of the story (don’t give away the ending!), and a rating out of five. Your summary should include – where the story is set, who are some of the main characters and what is the complication in the story.

You need to draft and proof read and edit your review before you publish it as a comment on this post. You should read through your summaries in your workbook to help you write your review!

Local Government Research Task

 You have new neighbours living next door and they are completely new to the area. They have asked you for assistance and it is your job to come up with all the essential information they need for your area. Your new neighbours the Bryce family are a family of 6, Mum Sally (who is pregnant with a baby due soon) and Dad Larry, 13 year old Frank, 8 year old Mya, 4 year old Gus and Grandma Zinia.

Your local council is responsible for many of the services that the Bryce family will need. These services may include rubbish collection, kindergartens, senior-citizen services etc. Using the website of your local council, collect all the information you can for the Bryce family.

Local Government – Leader Newspaper

Using the most recent copy of the Leader Newspaper you need to look for an article that relates to our local government. You need to read this article and then respond to the following questions.

1. Write a short summary (2-3) paragraphs about the article.

2. Explain what the issue is for the local community.

3. Which level of government is responsible for this?

3. What is the government doing to resolve the issue?

4. Do you agree/disagree with how the issue is being dealt with? Why/Why not?

5. If you were a member of the government responsible, how would you resolve the problem?

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