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Visual humour

This resource focuses on how humour is created in images, films and multimodal texts. It includes activities and reading strategies to support the analysis and understanding of the processes of visual humour in texts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Meaning in context: levels of meaning

Explore how texts operate at more than one level of meaning. Discover the meaning of the terms ‘theme’ and ‘plot’ and apply this knowledge to identifying the differences between them. Analyse four texts that carry meaning beyond the literal level: an advertisement, a cartoon, a short story extract and a poem. Relate the ...

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Political cartoons: interactive activities

In this Flash interactive students investigate 16 cartoons created for Australia Day in 2004. They explore the source and context of each cartoon and determine their significance. Political cartoons challenge the viewer to reflect on major events and controversies in Australian history.

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Dream machine: similes

Build a dream bike using fantasy parts such as a 'time-travel frame' and 'supersonic jet pedals'. Look at a model text that uses similes to describe a 'Wish-come-true bike'. Choose similes to make an interesting description of your own fantasy bike. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Poetry anthology: haiku, sonnet, cyber

Create a short poetry collection, or anthology. Create an online profile for yourself. Read poems from a selection of haiku, sonnets and cyber poems. Respond to the theme, mood or imagery of each poem, and rate them. Identify the conventions of each poetic form. Select at least four poems to add to your anthology. Create ...

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Dream machine: metaphors

Build a dream bike using fantasy parts such as a 'time-travel frame' and 'supersonic jet pedals'. Look at a model text that uses metaphors to recount a journey on a 'Wish-come-true bike'. Choose metaphors to make an interesting recount of an adventure on another fantasy bike. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Poetry anthology: clerihew, Ezra Pound couplet, cyber

Create a short poetry collection, or anthology. Create an online profile for yourself. Read poems from a selection of clerihews, Ezra Pound couplets and cyber poems. Respond to the theme, mood or imagery of each poem, and rate them. Identify the conventions of each poetic form. Select at least four poems to add to your ...

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Secondary English: collaboration

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'collaboration' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers provide students with opportunities ...

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Secondary English: presentation

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'presentation' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers present students with models of ...

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Inanimate Alice episode 2: Italy

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 2, Alice is separated from her parents while they are on a skiing holiday in Italy.

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Inanimate Alice episode 3: Russia

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 3, Alice and her parents are living in Russia; Alice hides in her cupboard while her parents argue with some angry strangers in the next room.

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Inanimate Alice episode 4: hometown

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 4, Alice finds herself trapped on top of a building when a staircase collapses.

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SeeMe: The media, my world and me

The SeeMe website is designed for year 8 students and their teachers. It promotes a positive body image and tackles idealised media portrayals of beauty and gender, and the influence they have on young people. There are five modules and a digital interactive titled 'Photoshock', which explores the ways images are digitally ...

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Engaging with poetry - modern poems

This resource focuses on modern poetry from a range of contemporary source. Students have the opportunity to learn about how language forms and features of a selection of modern poems. They explore how composers use language, rhythm and imagery to engage their audience and the ways in which imaginative texts can explore ...

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Engaging with poetry - odes

This resource focuses on a selection of odes. Students have the opportunity to learn about how language forms and features of odes, how composers use language, rhythm and imagery to engage their audience and the ways in which imaginative texts can explore and express emotion and feeling. Students have the opportunity to ...

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Ethical stories collection

This is an Android app containing 10 stories in which a moral is drawn, a lesson learnt or good behaviour identified. Many of the stories are adaptions into English for children of tales that appear in the Hindu Panchatantra, an ancient Sanskrit collection of stories about the proper way to live, or in the Jatakas, a Sanskrit ...

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Finish the story: car crash

Edit a comic book story about a romance between two characters who have an argument. Look closely at the narrative to make it more exciting and complete. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding similes and adverbial phrases, and by combining sentences using conjunctions. Choose a title and image for the cover. This ...

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Responsible fishing in Western Australia: write an article

Go fishing in Western Australia. Look at how and why laws restrict people from taking certain fish. Identify cases where laws apply: size limits, bag limits and closed seasons. Build a magazine article explaining the fishing laws. Use a model structure and persuasive text to support a responsible position. For example, ...

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Poetry anthology: haiku, list, cyber

Create a short poetry collection, or anthology. Create an online profile for yourself. Read poems from a selection of haiku, list poems and cyber poems. Respond to the theme, mood or imagery of each poem, and rate them. Identify the conventions of each poetic form. Select at least four poems to add to your anthology. Create ...

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Meaning in context: literal and figurative

Explore how words can convey different meanings depending on their context. Discover the meaning of the terms 'literal' and 'figurative'. Apply this knowledge to identifying when language is being used literally and figuratively. Analyse four texts that use literal and figurative language: a factual piece, a poem, an advertisement ...