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Yr 8 What A Disaster!

Disasters do happen at the oddest times!

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    Ballantyne's Fire - Christchurch - 1947


    Edgecumbe Earthquake - Bay of Plenty - 1987

    Napier - Hawke's Bay - 1931

    Wellington - 1855


    Mt Tarawera eruption - Central North Island - 1886


Aircraft Accidents

Railway Accidents



Buildings and Structures


Research ONE of the above – construct an informative poster depicting all relevant facts and figures as well as images. This should be approximately 750 words long. Please use a computer to present your work. When you have completed this, choose one of the following formats ie the one best suited to your project and complete one of the acitivities. See me before you start your activity.


Calamities and Catastrophes

Writing Contexts


Diary Writing It must be written in the first person . The style is personal and contains both facts and feelings Imagine you were there and write diary entries describing what you see, hear, feel, smell etc. You are writing this from a personal point of view so make sure you get the feeling of it all across - not just the facts.


 Picture Caption. Complete a picture/caption telling the story of what happened. Break the story up into at least 8 main points and draw a picture reflecting each point. Underneath each picture write a brief summary of that main point.


 Interview. Imagine you are interviewing a survivor of the disaster. Write 10 questions that you will ask then write the answers you think you would get from that person. Write it up as an interview and make sure you introduce the survivor and explain who they are and where you have found them The answers will be personal with facts and emotions


 Personal Letter. The letter must be set out correctly Write a letter pretending you are alive at the time of the disaster and you are writing to a friend overseas telling them what is going on. Include both facts and your own impressions/feelings.


Timeline of events from the time it first started raining until it was all over. Include everything that happened and make sure you get it in the right time sequence (order). Include all the dates and times you can.


 Newspaper Report.

Use the format why, what, when, where, who, how

the style is factual - the most important facts first

Newspaper Format














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