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Using scaffolded pedagogy in Secondary Geography

The Maningrida CSC Secondary Boys' class has been studying the effects of cyclone Monica on the community. They used this topic to write biographical recounts. The four examples below, provided by teacher Tim Delphine, demonstrate how a teacher can ensure appropriate levels of scaffold for each student. Some students were able to write sections independently, others needed joint construction. Thanks to the students of Maningrida for allowing us to publish their writing. 

Alvin Doolan

Callum Campion-Bohme

Zakorah Jayrique

Introduction (joint construction)

 Cyclone Monica was the most intense severe tropical cyclone in the northern territory’s history. It formed over the seas of Papua New Guinea and travelled toward Australia.

 Jo Killmister was 33 years old when the Cyclone arrived in Maningrida. She lived on airport road, in top camp, in a blue house, near the shop. She didn’t think the cyclone would be very serious. She was wrong!

 Before the cyclone (Joint construction)

 Prior to the cyclone hitting the coast of Maningrida it grew from a category 1 to a category 5 severe tropical cyclone. Due to the intensity of the cyclone a warning was activated across the top end. As a result of the warning flights were cancelled and schools were closed.

 Before the cyclone arrived in Maningrida Jo killmister had lots of jobs, she co-ordinated the Maningrida Emergency Response Group to move residents who did not have cyclone coded houses to the cyclone shelters. She also managed the Maningrida community clean up team whose job it was to pick up the rubbish prior to the cyclone arriving.

 During the cyclone (Scaffolded independent)

 Cyclone Monica arrived in Maningrida on the 24th of April 2006. During the cyclone, power lines fell down on the road because the wind was strong because it was category severe tropical Cyclone.

 During the Cyclone jo killmister was helping with other people and taking to the shelter. She was very scared because it was really, really, really loud. And high the school roof flew off and almost landed on her.

 Soon after the cyclone (joint construction)

 Soon after cyclone Monica left in Maningrida two clean up teams travelled from Darwin to Maningrida to help. It was also decided the name of Monica wouldn’t be used anymore.

 Soon after the cyclone Monica jo killmister cleaned up, helped people and helped with the power. Killa felt very tired after the cyclone because she worked for 14 days in a row. Killa said “Maningrida looked completely different” because half of the trees were gone and 13 houses were destroyed

 

 

Minimal Scaffolding

 Introduction (independent)

 Cyclone Monica was the most intense cyclone ever recorded in the Northern Territory. It was a category five severe tropical cyclone. It travelled in a westward direction from Papua new guinea towards Australia.

Jo Killmister was 33 years old when the cyclone came. She lived on airport road in top camp, Maningrida. Jo didn’t think it was going to be as serious as it was.

 Before the cyclone (Independent)

Prior to the cyclone hitting the coast of Maningrida, Arnhem land flights were cancelled and civilians had to leave their houses early to move into a cyclone coded house or shelter.

Before the cyclone arrived in Maningrida, Jo Killmister had lots of jobs. She was the co-ordinator of the emergency response group.

 During the cyclone (independent)

When the cyclone hit Maningrida, wind gusts were up to 150km per hour. It was a category five severe cyclone that was so intense that it interrupted phone service in the region. Also trees and power poles were felled by the strong wind gusts.

During the cyclone Jo Killmister was the co-ordinator of the cyclone shelter in Maningrida. Her job was to help civilians reach the shelter before the cyclone arrived. She was very scared and afraid because it was a category five cyclone which was really intense; she said it was really, really loud.

 Soon after

Soon after cyclone Monica left Maningrida two clean up teams were sent to help with the devastation that the tropical cyclone created. Also it was decided that the name Monica would be retired from use in Australia.

Jo Killmister had lots of jobs when the cyclone left Maningrida. She helped restore the power and clean the mess that was caused by the cyclone. Jo felt good after the cyclone because everyone helped each other but she also felt exhausted because she worked for fourteen days in a row.

Introduction

Cyclone Monica was the most intense severe tropical cyclone in the NT’s history. It formed over the sea of Papua New Guinea and travelled toward Australia.  

Jo Killmister was 33 years old when the cyclone arrived in Maningrida. She lived on airport road in top camp, in a blue house, near the shop. Jo didn’t think the cyclone would be very serious. She was wrong!

 Prior to the cyclone

Prior to the cyclone hitting Maningrida it grew from a category 5 severe tropical cyclone.  Due to the cyclone intensity of the cyclone a warning was  activated across the top end. As a result of the warning flights were cancelled and schools were closed.

Before cyclone hit Maningrida Jo killmister had lots of jobs. She co-ordinated the Maningrida emergency Response  group to move residents who did  not have cyclone  coded houses the cyclone shelter. She also managed the community clean up team whose job it was to pick up the rubbish prior to the cyclone arriving.  

During the cyclone

During the cyclone Monica arrived in Maningrida on the 24th of April 2006 during the cyclone it was a category 5 severe cyclone tropical cyclone when it hit Maningrida. Cyclone Monica produced a category 2-3 impact in Maningrida, which was less than the category 5 impact pelt in junction bay which is 35km west of Maningrida phone service was lost in Maningrida this was caused by the intense weather.

During the cyclone killa’s job was to make the people form Maningrida safe in the shelter. When the cyclone came Killa was very scared. The high school roof flew off and almost landed an the cyclone shelter that killa was hiding inside she was very scared because it was really, really ,really loud’’

Soon after the cyclone

Soon after the cyclone Moncia left Maningrida two clean up teams from Darwin were sent to help clean up the mess. It was decided that the name Monica would not be used any more.

Soon after the cyclone Jo Killmister cleaned up, helped people and helped with the power. Killa felt very tired after the cyclone because she worked for 14 days in a row. Killa said “Maningrida looked completely different”, this was due to the fact half of trees were gone and 13 houses were destroyed.

                                                          Introduction  

Cyclone Monica was the most intense cat 5 severe tropical cyclone in the Northern Territory. It originated over the seas off the coast of Papua New Guinea and it was named Monica after it upgraded from tropical low to tropical cyclone. It travelled in westward direction from Papua New Guinea & going towards Australia.

 Jo Killmister was 33 yrs old when the cyclone arrived in Maningrida. She lived on airport, in top camp. Jo didn’t think the cyclone would be as serious as it was. SHE WAS WRONG!

 Prior to the cyclone

 Prior to the cyclone hitting the Coast of Maningrida a warning was activated. The warning was activated because it grew from a cat 1 to a cat 5 severe tropical cyclone. Due to the dangerous cyclone flights across the Top End were cancelled and school throughout the region were closed.

 Jo Killa had to co-ordinate the emergency services to warn the people in Maningrida. She also evacuated the community members who did not have cyclone coded houses and brought them to the shelter at the school.

During the cyclone

 During the cyclone Monica ARRIVED ON THE 24th 2006. It was a cat 5 severe tropical cyclone when it hit Maningrida. Cyclone Monica produced a cat2-3 impact in Maningrida, which was less than the cat 5 impact felt in Junction bay, which is 35km/h west of Maningrida

 Jo Killmister job was to make the people from Maningrida safe in the shelter. Killa stayed inside, our class (tim’s class).

               Soon after the cyclone

Soon after cyclone Monica, left maningrida two clean up teams from Darwin were sent to clean up the mess. It was decided that the name ‘’ Monica’’ would be retired from use of AUSTALIA.

 After the cyclone Jo Killmister had lots of jobs like cleaning up, helping people and helping with the power.