Drafting and writing the final for my report was an important part of my research process as it gave me time to compare my findings. I read my first article about bushfires, and I thought that is a good topic because there are many different ideas about the positive and negative effects of bushfires. In Australia, especially in South Australia, bushfires are frequent events during the hotter months of the year, due to Australia’s mostly hot and dry climate.
On one side, some people think that bushfires affect the environment by causing pollution and by destroying human and natural resources in the environment.
On the other hand, some people think fire generates regrowth and new life. Sometimes, fire encourages the growth of new grassland plants.
So I started to research my topic from these two different perspectives, the positive and the negative consequences of bushfires.
I thought about my topic, and I used 7 key points to helped me organised my ideas. The first one, I thought I have to know about the bushfires and how they start, and then I want to explain some conditions which can effect the frequency of bushfires. In the end of the report, I wanted to compare two different ideas and use what I get. In the report, I wanted to use some data or expert information to make my conclusion.
I read lots of reports and articles to research my topic. I wanted to investigate how smoke caused forest fires and how the government coped with a combination of fire, dust, and pollution events. I found a report from Australian government website, and my teacher helped me read and understand the report, that gave me some facts and expert’s information to explain my ideas. For example, I know Aboriginal people have used fires for many purposes such as clearing grasslands for hunting and tracks through dense bush. I wanted to use some examples to explain why some people think bushfires have negative impacts, so I find some famous events in history, like Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday.
Actually, I had some questions about biological, so my teacher helped me book an interview with another teacher. To prepare for the interview, I wrote three questions and during the interview, I used my phone to recording the answers. The teacher told me a lot about how smoke caused by forest fires results in the government coping with a combination of fire dust, and pollution events, he also told me different types of bushfires will have different effects animals.
Before writing my final report it was important to make a plan to help me organise all my ideas in a logical sequence. I used some key points to show my ideas in each paragraph, I planned what I am going to write and how many words for each paragraph. I considered and checked that I had got my key ideas and I used my plan to organised some technical words what I will use and how to explain these words in my report. The plan helped me to think about my sources, which are the really useful ones and which ones just help me to understand the topic. I think I will make a plan for every report because that also helped me to make a flow of ideas in my paragraphs. I had lots of ideas for my topic in the beginning, I know how to put some ideas together after I did the plan. I will do better when I have a clearer mind and calm head to think and write my report.
Australia is an arid continent that has a unique ecosystem and organisms, and bushfires are an important event that affects Australia’s ecosystems. Bushfires can devastate various ecosystems and they also have lots of positive effects. They can clear out old growth and decompose organic matter into minerals so that new plants can grow. However, too many fires are bad for the environment and degrade the soil. They also put wildlife, plants, housing and people at risk. The main difference between the two effects is rather whether the bushfire is cool or hot. If bushfires can be managed, they may benefit people.