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Choice: Student choice of tasks and student choice of words



Student 1:
When we do our mahi, we can choose... there are multiple choices that you can do. Like, you can do an interview, a fictional interview, that you write about or you can do a fictional story about someone not fitting in. So, yeah, so we can choose out of those activities.

You're going to pick two topics. You're going to pick one, He tuhinga pakimaero. One is a creative writing topic. Ka pai? The other one is, He tuhinga ōkawa. The other one you're going to pick a formal or a transactional writing topic.

So our two creative topics are these – number one, write a fictional interview with Mike Jonathan... Ka pai... about Hawaiki.

Write a fictional account about someone trying to find acceptance. Ka pai? Acceptance, and finding acceptance, is the big theme in our short story. So I want you to give your interpretation on it. So you need to pick one of these. And you need to pick one of these, here. Ka pai?

These things here, they get a little bit harder as we go down. So it's up to you which one you pick. But I'd really like us to challenge ourselves and maybe go for one that's a little bit of a challenge for us.

Tuatahi, who's read Te Ao Hou magazine? Ka pai.

Student 2:
I just went on to the dictionary online to see if one of the words that I added in my story made sense. That word was, being "indecisive". I just put that word in my story because my story is about acceptance. And people are complaining... they're complaining about things not going their way. Well, being "indecisive" means you can't make your mind up, and stuff. So if you want to accept yourself, you just want to see what you want to accept in you.

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Published on: 29 Oct 2012