Sunday, 12 January 2020

SLJ Wk 4 Day 1: Bookworms

Image Attribution 1


Activity 1: Rags to Riches [4 points]

J. K. Rowling is one of the most well known authors in the world. She wrote the Harry Potter series of books. Over 500 million copies of her books have been sold, making J. K. Rowling the world’s first billionaire author.

While she was writing the first Harry Potter book, she was a single mum with very little money. She used to write while her daughter Jessica was asleep. She used her initials ‘J.K.’ instead of her name (Joanne) because her publisher thought that boys might not want to read a book written by a woman.

J. K. Rowling has done many interviews which have revealed things about her as a writer and as a person. One of these interviews was conducted by a very famous television personality, Oprah Winfrey (you can find more about her on Day 3, Activity 1!).

As well as books needing to be engaging and interesting for the reader, it is important that they are engaging and interesting on the cover too. We sometimes say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but we often choose books (if we don’t know much about them) when they have an attractive cover!

Image Attribution: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Gwydion M. Williams is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Image Attribution: Rowling, after receiving an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen, S.J Hill, CC BY-SA 3.0

For this activity, design a book cover for your favourite book. You will need to think about what needs to be on the cover (the title, author, illustrator), pictures, colour, etc. Please create all of the images yourself (draw or photograph) rather than using images that you find online.

On your blog, share the book cover you have designed.

*Please check out the Eye-Catching Blog Posts page for ideas!

Activity 2: Romeo and Juliet [4 points]

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an author, poet and playwright. He is best known for the plays that he wrote while living in England in the 16th Century. Although they were written a long time ago, they are still popular because they talk about things that are familiar to us - love, revenge, confusion, betrayal, jealousy, hurt, etc. You might have heard of some of his plays: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear. Many of them have also been made into movies.

Shakespeare wrote his plays in English, however, it is not the same version of English that we have now. In fact, many of the words that we use today, in 2019, weren’t used back in 1600 (and vice versa).

For this activity, we would like you to learn more about ‘Shakespearean English’ - the version of English that Shakespeare used to write his plays. To do this, please write a short recount about what you did this morning in regular (2019) English, and then use this translating tool to turn it into Shakespearean English.

On your blog, share both your English and Shakespearean translation of your recount.

Here is an example:

This morning I got up early when my daughter Laila woke up. We had a delicious breakfast of steaming hot porridge before heading out the door to start the day. It was cold, sunny and clear outside.

This m'rning I did get up early at which hour mine own daught'r Laila did wake up. We hadst a delicious breakfast of steaming hot p'rridge bef're heading out the doth'r to starteth the day. T wast bitter cold, sunny and cleareth outside.


  1. Kia ora Anamaria,

    Congratulations on completing the activities for Week 5, Day 1! Ka pai.

    I really enjoyed reading your diary entries. That day sounded like so much fun! Sounds like you and your friends were really getting ready for the school year coming up. Are you all excited? Or is it mixed feelings?

    I noticed a lot of anime popping up in this blog post - what is your favourite anime series? I just finished 'Avatar - The Last Airbender', and WOW what an amazing story. I was so sad when it finished. Have you seen it before?

    Nga mihi

    1. Hi Erica, I'm pretty bummed out that the school holidays are almost over but I'm pretty sure my friends are exited to go back to school. There are many anime series to watch and I heard about Avatar - The Last Airbender maybe I'll watch it next time.

      Thanks for commenting!

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    3. Kia ora Anamaria,

      I fully understand what you mean, the holiday's always go SO quickly. I'm pretty gutted that there is only 2 weeks left of the Summer Learning Journey. But a new school year is also so exciting - you get to find out what class your in, who is in your class, and you get to enjoy the sunshine everyday with your friends!

      I highly recommend Avatar - The Last Airbender, definitely give it a go!

      Nga mihi

  2. Great book cover Anamaria - how long did that take you to complete? I really like the Shakespeare language task - I'm off to see one of the plays at the pop up globe next month as I really like Shakespeare...have you ever seen one of his plays? Keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Mrs Collins, it took quite some time to do the drawing, I had an inspiration from images on google and tried to shade their hair to make it more look good. I haven't seen and of Shakespeare's plays, not really a fan of plays but that's alright, many people enjoy seeing plays but I'm not really one of them.

      Thanks for commenting, hope you comment on my next few posts!

  3. Hey Ana!
    I like your book cover you drew. That must've taken a long time to perfect XD. Your "Romeo and Juliet" post was crazy!! Your diary entry was interesting as well. I like how you included the date and time. My diary entry was about us going to the Anime Convention. Keep up the great work!
    Roneeza :)

    1. Hi Roneeza, thanks for commenting, it took a really long time to draw & shade it, just like my other gacha edits. I've seen a lot of your posts and I quite have some inspiration from you.

      Hope you comment on my next few post (I only need to do at least 10 more C:)

  4. Hi Ana :)

    I love your Book cover you had desgin! How long did it take you to do it and where did you get the amazing idea to do this?. Your diary entry was pretty intresting to read as well. My diary entry was just about the last day of school etc ( since you already know what happened)

    Kind Regards,