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IPL - Project-based learning

At The Canobolas Rural Technology High School (TCRTHS) the Year 7 and 8 curriculum for 2018 will be delivered using a Project-Based Learning (PBL) Approach.

For more information about PBL see this page on our website: Project-Based Learning

In our Year 7 and 8 subjects, students are taught how to use the PEEL Paragraph writing structure when constructing written responses to questions in class. 

More information about PEEL can be found here: PEEL Paragraph Writing

Below are revision and extensions PEEL writing tasks from current Year 7 and 8 Projects. These are for use as homework tasks to revise content covered and to challenge understanding of concepts. Students use the PEEL paragraph writing technique, along with their own knowledge and additional research to complete the task. Project teachers will then provide feedback for students.

Year 7 - To bee or not to bee



  1. Drone bees usually die upon mating. What could happen if they didn't?

  2. Bees are attracted to the flowers on plants. Which plant would be the most attractive to bees?

  1. Stomata are tiny openings on the underside of leaves. They open and close to allow gases such as carbon dioxide and oxygen to enter and exit the leaf cells. If you were a desert plant, what time of day would you want to open your stomata? Explain your reasoning.
  2. Write an motivating paragraph to encourage someone to become a cell biologist.
  3. Dendrochronology is the study of tree rings. Scientists use this information to analyze what the weather and atmosphere was like during different periods in Earth's history. Predict what the weather may have been like in a year where tree rings were close together, and a year where they were spread apart. 

Year 7 - Natural born killer



  1. Who helps, during a severe natural disaster? Should these people and organisations be funded by people, communities or governments?

  2. In America, there are many people who store food and other resources to prepare for disasters. What are some ways people in Australia can prepare for disasters that occur in Australia?

  3. With the advancement of technology, the ways people are treated for injuries has improved. How has first aid for burns changed and why?

  4. Discuss how location of disaster shelters impacts their effectiveness

  1. Some volcanoes have explosive eruptions of smoke and ash that can reach high into the atmosphere. Other volcanoes have slow eruptions of melted lava. What do you think causes these differences? Explain your answer.
  2. State three areas in Australia which show evidence of former volcanic activity. Outline and describe the features and evidence found in these regions and how this shows past volcanic activity.
  3. You are a National Parks and Wildlife ranger, in charge of 200 hectares of bushland that has recently been burnt. You need to implement a plan to ensure that the area will regenerate properly. Write your plan from just after the fire and for the next three years.
  4. What methods of communication could be adapted to improve the existing warning systems for natural disasters?

Year 8 - Waterworld



  1. Why is precipitation an important part of the water cycle? (Water Cycle)
  2. Why should people be mindful of how much water they are using? (Water scarcity)
  3. What makes water able to be defined as a sustainable environmental resource? (Water as a resource)

  4. Discuss the connections between life on earth and water. (Water as an essential resource)

  1. What would happen to life on earth if evaporation no longer occurred? (Water Cycle)
  2. Why is access to clean water a human rights issue? (Water scarcity)
  3. Do you think that water is more important than oil? Justify your response with specific examples (Water as an essential resource)
  4. What are the links between water and human well being? (Water as an essential resource)

Year 8 - The Art of War



  1. Why was the 'Code of Chivalry' important to Medieval Knights?
  2. The feudal system decided the way people lived their lives. Who introduced the Feudal system and what made it so successful across Europe?
  3. What impacted the way different products were traded across Europe. Refer specifically to TWO different products.
  4. What were the different methods of healing in Medieval Times?
  1. How could the 'Code of Chivalry' be applied in 2018?
  2. What impact does the Feudal system continue to have in the modern world?
  3. Compare the food that you consume today to the food that was eaten in medieval Japan or Europe.
  4. How did the geographical features of the your civilisation's homeland impact on the development of it culture?