Week 6 – 3. Technical: Complete Quizzes 6A and 6B – Punctuation

Quiz 6A – Punctuation

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

I found this quiz rather easy, as I have always had a fairly strong understanding of punctuation. The only question that I struggled with slightly and had to take a second attempt to get correct was the one regarding the punctuation surrounding the word ‘however’.

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I knew that there definitely needed to be a comma inserted after ‘however’, but I did not realise that it also required a comma placed before it.

Quiz 6B – Punctuation

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

I think that this is the quiz that I have so far done the worst on, as I received a score of 7/10 on my first attempt.

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In this question, I didn’t really have trouble with it, I think that I just didn’t read all of the options very thoroughly, because when I reviewed it, I knew instantly that option d) was the correct answer.

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I was slightly confused by the wording of this question, as I knew that the ellipsis mean that something had been removed from a sentence, and I wasn’t sure if that was what the word ‘shortened’ was referring to, as in the sentence had been shortened by the removal of some words.

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I was confused by this question as I didn’t realise that middle-distance was not a correct term and so I just took a random guess.


Week 6 – 2. Inquiry: Review a Cirque de Soleil Media Kit

a. Visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/kits/sho ws.aspx

b. Select a show and then review the supplementary media for each show. Specifically, review the Press Kit which is a downloadable PDF.

c. Identify the elements that comprise the Press Kit and reflect on how you might incorporate them into a story.

The Cirque Du Soleil press kit that I decided to reflect on was the ‘Totem’ show. The press kit can be found here. This specific press kit comprises of the following sections:

  • Show Overview (Backgrounder)
  • Totem Fact Sheet
  • Critic’s Reviews
  • Information about the Writer/Director (Biographies of Key Personnel)
  • Brief Overviews of the Main Characters (Biographies of Key Personnel)
  • Descriptions of the scenes (Backgrounder/Graphics)
  • List of the creators (Backgrounder/Graphics)
  • Costume information (Backgrounder)
  • Set Design and Projection Details (Backgrounder/Graphics)
  • Support Overview (Backgrounder)
  • The Cirque Du Soleil Village Setup (Backgrounder/Graphics)
  • And the Background Story/Mission of Cirque Du Soleil (Backgrounder)
  • Cirque Du Soleil Fact Sheet

If I were to write a story about the Cirque Du Soleil ‘Totem’ show, I would start by providing a few catchy facts from the Totem and Cirque Du Soleil Fact sheets that would aid in creating the inverted pyramid structure.

I would then go into more detail about the story by paraphrasing the Show Overview to give my readers an idea of what the show was about.

I would use a direct quote from the Review section, from a critic of a high credibility and prominence so that my readers found my sources reliable.

Depending on the length of the story, I would include different amounts of information. If it was a short news story, I would then briefly discuss the most important points from the remaining sections on the writer, characters, scenes, costumes and set. If it were a longer feature article I would choose one section that had the most interesting information available, and I would then focus on this for a few paragraphs.

Reference List

Cirque Du Soleil, 2012, ‘Cirque Du Soleil: Totem – Press Kit’, viewed 15 September 2015,


Week 6 – 1. Practical: Take a series of photos and caption them

a. Take a series of photos. These can be of an event, or simply ‘a day in the life of’.

b. Caption each photo so that the detail of the moment is captured, and that together, they represent a story to a reader/viewer.

c. Essentially, this is a photo-essay but it is entirely reliant on the captions to build and tell the story.

d. Pay attention to technical detail in your captions.

e. You may use Flickr/Storify or any other platform to build your photo-essay, but you should then link this to your blog.


Waking up in a foreign bed whilst house-sitting for friends is definitely a strange feeling.


The morning begins with Lucia, the chocolate lab, watching on intently as I prepare her breakfast.


Then it is time to prepare myself for the day, with a multitude of products to make myself look and smell nice.


The day, of course, cannot go on without the puppy being played with in the backyard.


The majority of the day is spent at the CQU Bundaberg library working on assignments. 


In the afternoon, Lucia insists that she is taken for a long, fast-paced walk around the Avoca neighbourhood.


The day is finally over and finished with a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatballs, shared with family.