Our sleeping intelligences

“At the christening of a long-wished-for princess, fairies invited as godmothers offered gifts, such as beauty, wit, and musical talent. However, a wicked fairy who had been overlooked placed the princess under an enchantment as her gift, saying that, on reaching adulthood, she would prick her finger on a spindle and die. A good fairy, though unable to completely reverse the spell, said that the princess would instead sleep for a hundred years, until awakened by the kiss of a prince.”


“Each person is a unique blend of dynamic intelligences which grow, expand and develop thoughout life” Gardner, H. Frames of Mind (Harvard, 1983).  We all have multiple-intelligences.

Let us visit the year 1859 and view the evidence of multiple intelligences through the eyes of the author Peter Macinnis, in his new book Mr Darwin’s Incredible Shrinking World.

http://web3.birronggir-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/library/index has the bibliographic record.


Mr Darwin’s incredible shrinking world : science and technology in 1859


Macinnis, Peter


Murdoch Books, [Sydney :]




319 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


Discoveries in science; Science – History; Technology and civilisation




NF Non Fiction








Media Type:

Text [TE]



SCIS Number:




So now when someone says you are dumb, ask in exactly which multiple intelligence they mean.

Thinking skills and poetry

The results from your Trial Information Literacy Exam were excellent. Remember when you do the real exam it is important to always have an attempt even if you think you are only guessing.


Have I told you I used to be a tap dancer?

Unfortunately I had an accident when I fell into the sink.

What is orange and sounds like a parrot?

Why a carrot!

6 Thinking Hats can help you see into the way you think.

Even when we are saying poems we are thinking.

Here is an old Australian favourite. A video version is in the readings list to the right.

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of rugged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains.

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror –

The wide brown land for me!

We will read some poems now. Play the sound file and read the text.

Who can have more?

Who can have more?

The game

The game



The creation

The creation

And to finish A translation from Amar.

Poems outside

Poems outsidePoetry inside


Poetry inside.

Poetry inside.

Year 7 Information Literacy Term 3 Week 1

Aladdin’s narrative

‘In bed with him that night, like every night, her sister at their feet, she ends her tale, then waits. Her sister quickly takes her cue, and says, “I cannot sleep. Another, please?” Scheherazade takes one small nervous breath and she begins, “In faraway Peking there lived a lazy youth with his mama. His name? Aladdin. His papa was dead…” She tells them how a dark magician came, claiming to be his uncle, with a plan.. He took the boy out to a lonely place, gave him a ring he said would keep him safe, down to a cavern filled with precious stones, “Bring me the lamp!” and when Aladdin won’t, in darkness he’s abandoned and entombed…

There now.

Aladdin locked beneath the earth, she stops, her husband hooked for one more night.

Next day

she cooks

she feeds her kids

she dreams…

Knowing Aladdin’s trapped,

and that her tale

has bought her just one day.

What happens now?

She wishes that she knew.’

(from “Inventing Aladdin” pp 365-366 “Fragile Things” by Neil Gaiman (Headline, 2007)

Questions on the narrative

1) “faraway Peking” has a new name. What is it? Which country?

2) The sorcerer comes from the Maghreb. Name some countries in the Maghreb.

3) Aladdin has one piece of good fortune which ends up working against the sorcerer. What is the unintended consequence of the sorcerer’s gift?? What is the lesson here?

4) Who is really telling the story? Is it Scheherazade or an unknown story teller? Does it matter? Is there such a thing as being lost in the story?

Information Skills and Statistical Literacy

The success of Year 7 with Censusatschool was outstanding! The statistics will be very useful for the government when it plans how to invest the tax we pay!

Do you remember the questions below?

1) The time a student gets up on a school day.

2) The time a student gets up on holidays.

3) How far the student lives from school (i.e. travel time to school), and

4) How the student travels to school.

I know many students discussed these questions. Tell me

1) What time did most of your friends get up?

2) What was the furthest away your friends live?

3) How do most of your friends travel to school?

Other questions were about the environment and ecology.

1) Do you think global warming is true? If we have enough money can’t we burn as much petrol as we like?

2) Do you think shower heads and special light globes make a difference?

3) Is your best friend’s opinion the same as yours? What does your father say?

Questions on a bibliographic record.

Healthmoves 1

Healthmoves 1 : senior personal development, health & physical education

Janet Davy, Robbie Parker, John Patterson ; with Betty Barnes … [and others]

Names: Davy, Janet / Parker, Robbie / Patterson, John

Published: Port Melbourne: Heinemann, 1994

Subjects: Health / Personal development / Physical fitness

Physical Description: viii, 400 p. : ill.

Type: Text

SCIS: 791407

ISBN: 0-85859-714-4

Copies: 1 of 1 at Non Fiction 613 DAV

Answer the following questions.

1) Title :

2) Names :

3) Description :

4) Place of Publication :

5) Choose 2 Subjects :

6) Call Number :

7) Number of copies available:

Key Competencies

As we grow up we find that compared to some of our friends we find some skills easy and some not. No matter how well we can perform them we need some basic skills to get through school and get a job. These are called key competencies and include simple tasks like getting information and working in teams. You can prepare for the lesson by thinking about your favourite learning activities and the ones you don’t really look forward to. What is your best subject? Why do you think that?

Humour Literacy

Why did Polly put the kettle on? Because she had nothing else to wear.

When is it unlucky to see a black cat? When you are a mouse.

What do you call a room without any windows? A mushroom

How do you catch a monkey? Behave like a nut.

Why was the chef arrested? Because she kept beating the eggs.

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Year 7 Information Literacy Term 2 Week 6


A) Information Literacy and the Fairy Tale


Once upon a time, there was … ‘A king!’ my little readers will say right away. No, children, you are wrong. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood….


The original Adventures of Pinocchio is very different from the story that Mr Walter Disney created for his animated film in 1940. I was impressed that so many students were not satisfied with the original ending when the fox and the cat hung Pinocchio. Carlo Collodi’s first readers were not happy either. So he continued the story with the Blue Fairy saving Pinocchio and sending him on many more adventures.


Answer the questions using the central narrative.

1) Have you ever felt like a piece of wood?

    What is the author really trying to say about life?

2) Why do we disobey our parents and teachers sometimes?

    What gets in the way of being perfect?

    What is the function of Jimminy Cricket?

3) Wouldn’t life be easier if we stayed as puppets?

     What is the most useful part of school?

4) Do you know anyone who lived happily ever after?

    What is the best we can hope for?

5) Should Mr Davidson re enter Australian Idol?

    Why is “When you wish upon a star” such an effective coda?

    What is Mr Davidson’s favourite narrative genre?


B) Questions on a bibliographic record found on our library catalogue.


Available: 1 copy (1 total, 0 on loan)





Waterlow, Julia


Watts [London]






China – Geography; China – Social life and customs


The Real World



NF Non Fiction






Media Type:

Text [TE]



SCIS Number:




1) Title:

2) Author:

3) Physical description:

4) Subject 1:

5) Subject 2:

6) Series:

7) Full call number:


C) Language structures can be divided into 8 Text Types. Each Text Type can be adapted to each Key Learning Area. Many students studied Text Types in Year 6 so we will revise them now. The definitions below are simple and we will explore them in class. Extension students can go to Genres, Text Types or Discourse Modes.


1) Report describes how things are;

2) Recount describes what happened step by step;

3) Narrative has orientation, complication, sequence, resolution and coda;

4) Procedure must have steps in order;

5) Explanation shows how things happen;

6) Exposition is argument, debate and discussion;

7) Response explores feelings about art, music and literature and

8) Personal & Expressive allows us to be creative with poetry and lyrics.


Some wisdom statements


A day without sunshine is like night.

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

42.7 % of statistics are made up on the spot.

Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.



Information Literacy and self empowerment.

   We are not always lucky in life but with good information literacy skills we can be prepared for new opportunities that may come our way. Rumpelstilskin is an excellent example of how a girl uses a combination of good fortune and information skills to solve the problems she was facing.


   Using the central narrative answer the following questions.


1)      Why do people boast of things that cannot be done?

2)      What is straw?

3)      Why is gold so precious?

4)      What is more valuable than all the treasures in the world?

5)      Why are names so important?


Information Skills Process

   Producing a research assignment is like baking a cake. You must be thorough in preparing the ingredients and follow the steps in the recipe carefully. Here are the six steps recommended for creating the best assignments. 


1)      Define the key words/subjects

2)      Locate rich resources

3)      Select information that suits the questions

4)      Organise the results by themes, such as time, place or personality

5)      Present the results in a variety of ways

6)      Assess and evaluate the results of your search   


Click on the hyperlink to see a comprehensive list of questions and answers on the site


that the NSW Department of Education uses to help students learn.



1.  What ingredients do you put into a cake?

2.  Where do you find the ingredients?

3.  Who makes the best ingredients?


Bibliographic Records


   A bibliographic record not only gives information through metadata.  It is also an exercise in visual literacy.


Look at the record below from the Bankstown Library online http://library.bankstown.nsw.gov.au/Libero/bankstown/toolbar/liberoWebApp.html

and answer the questions below.


·               Item Information Catalogue Record 614973 .


Call Number


Volume Ref.



Due Date



Junior Fiction


. Available .




Field name





Uniform title

Avventure di Pinocchio. English


The adventures of Pinocchio / by Carlo Collodi ; translated and illustrated by Francis Wainwright


1st American ed.


New York : H. Holt, 1986


96 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.


Translation of: Pinocchio, storia si un burattino

A wooden puppet full of tricks and mischief, with a talent for getting into and out of trouble, wants more than anything else to become a real boy

Added Names

Links to Related Works

There are no related Subjects for this title:



Questions on the bibliographic record


1) What is the author’s name?

2) What is the uniform title?

3) What is the Physical description?

4) What is the call number?

5) Where is the book held?

6) Can it be borrowed?

7) Who is the illustrator?



Information Literacy in March by Mr Victor Davidson

This year we will make exciting discoveries. We need to start with the most important person. Who is she? She lives in your home, wears your shoes and sits in your chair. She has your name. Who is she? The most important person works best when she gets the information she needs so that she doesn’t have to depend on everyone else.

Information? What is it? Where do we get it? There are many answers and some which only you know. “Inside the box” many people say we get information from books and computers. Do we also get information from our family, our friends and our teachers (even from music and the TV)? Only you can answer that.

Literacy? What is it? An easy answer is reading but is there more to it? How do we get literacy? An easy answer is reading but is there more to it?How do we learn? There are many ideas about how we learn and here are the top answers. We learn by seeing and showing; by hearing and telling; by doing and practising.This year in the library we will learn using all these methods.


In 2008 we will learn how to detail the information resource itself when we say how we got our information. The term we use for those details from a book is called a bibliographic record. When we get information from the internet we call it a Uniform Resource Locator or URL. When we look for information in a library the catalogue is the best starting point. We will use a workbook to practise finding resources and detail their bibliographic records and URLs.

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Now let me test your sense of humour.

Q. Why did the teacher need dark glasses?A. Because her students were so bright. Q: Why are fish so smart? A: Because they live in schools. We like jokes because they make our minds stretch to places we didn’t expect to go but when we get there it’s a pleasant surprise. That is the way we want you to think and feel about the library. (Not as a joke but a place for pleasant surprises!)

There are many locations for books in the library. The Reference section has books with a lot of information and big indexes. Non-Fiction books are full of facts about particular subjects. Fiction books are centred on a narrative and while an author makes them up they must ring true or we lose interest in them. There are other smaller locations for special books with particular purposes. Throughout the year we will learn about how to get and use information. We call this information literacy.


Each lesson we will also explore a fairy tale narrative and reflect on the useful information it reveals. The best way to experience fairy stories is to hear them. If you didn’t hear Mr Davidson’s version then you can see here on the video of Puss in Boots . You may prefer to read online it at Puss in Boots. The story has some really magical parts but it is also full of information.Answer the following questions about Puss in Boots1) What does a miller do? 2) What do rabbits eat?3) What do chickens eat?4) How do you trick ogres?5) What are cats useful for?

You have rights and responsibilities in the Library. Find out the answers to questions about the Library and answer below. 1) How long is the borrowing period?2) How many books can you borrow?3) What time does the library open?4) What is the penalty for overdue books?Finally I want you to tell me about your last school library. What was special about it? How did it make you feel? Do you remember the name of your teacher librarian?

Lastly click here for a personal welcome from Mr Davidson and Mrs Dyer.

Information Literacy in November

You are ready to fly through the exam.

Year 7 began as you had to get back in the egg after Year 6.

Now as Year 7 is finishing you are ready to hatch.

So here are my egg jokes.

What happened to the bad egg? It was egg-secuted

What did one egg say to the other egg? You’re cracked!

What do you call an egg that knows everything? An eggspert

What vegetable is like a chicken farm? An Egg plant

The Exam format is the same as the Trial; see 2007 Trial IL Exam

In addition you will need to identify some Thinking Skills You will need to know some colours and the Thinking Skills associated with them

You will also need to identify some Key Competencies Be prepared to list at least 3 of them.

You will be asked about the nature of sources.Basic information resources can be divided into two; hardcopy and digital.  Hardcopy resources have two types; Non Fiction resources which can be retrieved from the catalogue and Reference resources such as encyclopedia, dictionaries, thesauri and atlases. Digital resources have two types; CD ROMs and the online resources available on the internet.

The two most important aspects of questions on a bibliographic record are

1. The Title and call number (Location, Classification, Suffix) so you can locate the book

2. Title, Author and date published so that you can reference your sources fora bibliography.

And while you don’t need to know all the Multiple Intelligences you need to remember that we are smart in different ways. Remember if someone says you are dumb ask them in which multiple intelligence.