Kia ora and welcome to my Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir site.

My name is Karen Ferguson and I work at Tamaki College, where I teach Design and Visual Communication to Year 7 through to Year13.

The focus of my enquiry is to aim for higher levels of achievement at NCEA by looking at literacy and vocabulary strategies. These will be supported by the use of SOLO Taxonomy structured activities.

If you have any questions about anything that i share on here, please don't hesitate to contact me using the links at the bottom of the page.

Term 1: Subject Specific Vocabulary

This term we will be looking at strategies to learn, understand and be able to use, subject specific vocabulary.

The students are using the DESCRIBE elements of the SOLO Taxonomy structure to analyse their work.

The students are collecting information about their chosen architect using Google My Maps.

The students are making design elements in 3D using plasticine as an aid to describing them.

The students are playing a card game where they are describing objects to each other from the game cards.

Term 2: Subject Specific Reading and Writing

This term we will be doing subject specific reading tasks, looking at exemplars and each other's work. We will then be doing analysis of design work.

The students are reading exemplars from the NZQA website.

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