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This BTN was all about Stephen Hawking and some of his discoveries, flaws and recent death. Stephan is/was the smartest person in the world. He was known for physics and science. He mostly thought about and discovered space, black holes and how our universe started. When 21, Stephan was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. He showed resilience and still continued with his studies and dreams.
- He was known as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein
- He unfortunately died recently on 14th March 2018 at the age of 76
- He has had roles in T.V. shows including the big bang theory, the simpsons and had a movie about his life made in 2014.
- Why did the doctors doubt that he would live after he was diagnosed?
- Did Stephan ever think when he was young that he be who he is now and how many people he has influenced?
- I now understand how hard life must have been for Stephan, how many people he has influenced and how he will be remembered in this world.
Prompt: Although he searched fast, he wasn’t making enough progress.
They cut the chain and paraded through the metal roller doors. As he slowly walked in they kneeled before his security and himself. He spoke very loudly, deeply and demanding. He words were clear, ‘get me the crate of gold or be-headed you shall be.’ It was every man for themselves. One young, teenage boy, Joe, was the slowest of them all. He had only looked at 3 crates. Although he searched quickly he was still not making enough progress. The sirens went off that moment. Everyone ran around the place unsure of what to do. Then Joe realised. Where had he gone. He’d left them, he’d only thought of himself.
‘This book was about a teenager named Jessica. She and her best friend Izzy go on an adventure throughout the book. At the start Jessica finds out about her invisibility powers and tests them out in public. She then soon realises that she does not only have powers but she saves people with them. One day Jessica tries to turn invisible but can’t. It was then she realised that her powers only worked when she wore a special piece of jewellery her mum’s best friend, Nancy, gave her. Jessica wondered if Nancy knew about it or possibly made it do that. She tells Izzy and the two teens set out for a journey to the jewellery store. She asks the man who owns the shop about the necklace and where it came from. She noticed all of the other jewellery in the store and saw many other soft pink rose quartz’s attached to piece of delicate silver chain.’ This book could have included some more action and it is definitely written for an audience that like drama, mystery and adventure. This book is worth 4/5 because of the genre, the description and the imagination.
Prompt: How did he/she get up there?
She ran onto the car, down the creek, up the hill and through the bushes. They were right up her tail threating her as she raced to her destination. She hid in an alley and they ran right past her. She swerved the opposite way and met him on the way. They ran as fast as they could, hand in hand. As soon as they got there, he climbed up to the top. She tried to follow but couldn’t. How did he get up there? They had tracked her down and pointed their weapons at her. Put your hands in the air. As she did she held a weapon of her own. She shot them all to the ground and they escaped into the night, a hefty fortune held in their relieved hands.
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This BTN was about the history of voting. It was based around the time 1843 to now. It had facts like why women couldn’t vote, aboriginals couldn’t vote and the voting age.
- Before 1973, you had to be 21 years old to vote in Australia
- Women couldn’t vote in Australia until 1902
- Aboriginals couldn’t vote until 1949 but they had to be in the army. All aboriginals could vote in 1962
- Who invented voting?
- How many types of voting are there?
- I now understand the history of voting, the changes in Australian voting an the decisions that we make using voting.
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This BTN was about the age you must be before you are legally allowed to vote in Australia. In 2015, Bill shorten (Leader if Labour party) said that people aged 16-17 should be allowed to vote. He said that he trust’s them, wants them engaged and wants there opinion but many of the teenagers disagree.
- You have to be over the age of 18 to vote
- When some turn 18 they ignore voting and get away with not getting an input
- 400 thousand 18-24 didn’t enrol to vote for a federal election in 2015
- Why would Bill Shorten think that 16-17 yr olds could be trusted to make the right decision?
- Why would 16 yr olds not be able to vote if they can learn to drive, donate blood, join the army, get their own debit card or apply for a full time job?
- I now understand why they have a limit on the voting age, why it’s inappropriate for underage citizens to vote and why some have different opinions about the 16-17 yr olds.
The car skidded across the ice, the tyres squeaking to a stop. A tall, blonde woman stepped out of the car, a black fur jacket draped around her shoulders. She walked over to the crime scene and examined the teacup. She muttered words in French that no one could understand. They didn’t know who did the murder. They didn’t know how it happened. All they knew is that she would soon solve it. She would soon figure out the mystery. There was one thing she knew that they didn’t. What she had said in French earlier: Je regrette de l’avoir assassin. It meant: I regret murdering him.
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This BTN was about the three levels of government. The levels are Federal, state and local. Federal government takes care of the whole country and has the responsibility of defending the country, deals with trades, taxes/money and international affairs. State government takes care of a state or territory and has the responsibility of health, education and transport/roads. Local government takes care of a local suburb/city and has the responsibility of maintaining local roads, pets, garbage and buildings/permits. If all three levels require to make a decision together then federal would get its way over state and state would get its way over local.
- The three levels all have different powers and responsibilities
- Federal government is the main government in the country
- In Australia, Malcom Turnbull is in charge of federal government, for Victoria the state leader is Daniel Andrews and for Moonee ponds, Melbourne, the local leader is Bill Shorten.
- Why do we have 3 levels and not just federal taking care of everything everywhere?
- Why does federal get to make all final decisions and always get its way?
- I now understand the three levels of government, how they work, what they are responsible for and why we have them.
Prompt: But what if I was in charge?
I wish I was the kid minister. Wait, have you heard about the kid minister. If you haven’t, get ready… It all started one day in 1978 when a big debate was going on in the parliament house. Jack, an 11 yr old boy, walked into parliament house on top of another boy’s shoulders with a black cloak over the both of them. No one payed any attention to him. Everyone was arguing about who should replace the leader. Jack got up and said 7 words, ‘but what if I was in charge.’ He was then known as the kid minister and everyone obeyed him. Rumour has it that he was the best leader the country has ever had.
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This BTN was about federation. It explained how all 6 states in Australia came together to become one country. Back in late 1800’s- early 1900’s each state was considered its own country. They even had their own armies. Each state had different leaders and laws but a group of men wanted to change that. One of the men, Henry Parks, made a famous speech about federation- the push to unite the colonies as a single country. The state’s leaders agreed and they got to work. There were a few issues though: the richer states were afraid they’d have to share money with the poorer states, the small states were afraid they wouldn’t have a say in decisions and they couldn’t decide where the capital would be. It was soon worked out though and now Australia is one country.
- Federation is a group of states with a central government but independence in internal affairs.
- Australia has had 29 prime ministers since federation in 1901
- In 1901, in Sydney’s Centennial Park the Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed a Federation with six states (the Northern Territory and the ACT would come along a few years later).
- Was there a vote to see if everyone is Australia wanted to be known as one country?
- When did the group of people come up with the idea of all states coming together?
- I now understand the history of federation in Australia and how we come to be one country.