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Introduction to Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

This resource for students is the second in a series entitled 'Introduction to Shakespeare', based on a study of 'The Taming of the Shrew'. This resource looks at selected scenes, with activities based on each. Students are asked to: translate speeches into modern English; analyse the use of puns to create humour; discuss ...

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'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser

'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser recounts a Jewish schoolboy's attempts to gain popularity by being associated with a newly formed school rugby team. The narrator, Nathan, recounts his failure to make the team as a player. His persistent attempts not to be entirely left out result in him being taken on as ...

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'Untitled' ('Poem for a journey') by Anna Dunnill

'Untitled' ('Poem for a journey') by Anna Dunnill evokes the speaker's state of grief and indecision and then imagines the slow and painful movement towards healing and renewal. The poem is laid out as a single column, surrounded by clean white swirling lines growing up against a black background.

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Sound design

This resource is a web page that gives an overview of sound design, focusing on the different categories of sound used in filmmaking (diegetic and non-diegetic). The various types of sounds used to develop the narrative or enhance atmosphere in film are explored: sound effects, music, dialogue. Music is described in more ...

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Production: sound design

This resource is a PDF that gives an overview of sound design, focusing on the different categories of sound used in filmmaking (diegetic and non-diegetic). The various types of sounds used to develop the narrative or enhance atmosphere in film are explored: sound effects, music, dialogue. Tips for editing music are provided, ...

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Through a child's eye: an especially joyous exhibition of mandalas

This is a presentation of seven slides displaying a small exhibition of children's stories, related drawings and background information about mandalas. The stories and drawings illustrate selected fables as an expression of Buddhist teachings. The presentation was created as a result of an art project to commemorate the ...

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Chinese scenarios

This is a web page with links to six learning objects: a Chinese country boy and a city girl swapping families; a Chinese Australian family's home renovations; an interview with a gongfu star; Chinese children's after-school activities; a stolen artefact mystery; and the Chinese Olympics. Each object consists of an animated ...

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Food and drink

This is a learning object that explores Chinese food and drink through the context of preparations for a party, from shopping for food, how it is grown, prepared and cooked, through to eating. The resource offers two audio tours of its eight locations, narrated by two Chinese teenagers in Chinese, supported by simplified ...

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China on the world stage: weighing the US response - supplementary documents

This is a transcript of speeches made by Chinese President Hu and US President Obama following talks in 2009. The content of both speeches revolve around the emerging relationship between China and the USA and includes: an overview of the recent discussions; current international challenges such as climate change, the economy ...

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Panchatantra: the lion and the rabbit

This is a folk story titled The lion and the rabbit from the Panchatantra, a book that contains a collection of South Asian folk stories dating back at least 2,000 years. The message of the story is that intelligence is power. The story is eight web pages in length and includes text, illustrations, arrows at the top of ...

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The Mahabharata

This is the story of The Mahabharata, one of the world’s longest poems that was composed over 2,500 years ago in India. It is a story of family and friends and embodies Hindu mythology and philosophy. The message of the story is that rivalry leads to destruction. The story is 21 web pages long and includes text, illustrations, ...

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Lady Wenji and the lament of the nomad flute

This is a Chinese folk story called Lady Wenji and the lament of the nomad flute; it dates back almost 2,000 years. The story is about longing for something that cannot be: lamenting. The resource is 16 web pages in length and includes text, illustrations, arrows at the top of the resource to turn the pages forward and ...

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Journey to the west - part 1

This is the first part of a Chinese folk story called Journey to the west: the adventures of Monkey, which dates back 1,300 years. The story is about a monkey that gets magical powers. In the second part of the story the monkey becomes a companion of a monk on a dangerous journey. The resource is 15 web pages in length ...

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Journey to the west - part 2

This is the second part of a Chinese folk story dating back 1,300 years called the Journey to the west: preparing for the great journey. The story is about finding three magical companions - a monkey, a pig and a strongman - for a monk who is going on a dangerous journey. The resource is 15 web pages and includes text, ...

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The king stands up

This is a traditional Buddhist folktale from Tibet called The king stands up. The story is about a king trying to find an intelligent and trustworthy advisor; the message of the story is about mindfulness. The resource is 15 web pages in length and includes text, illustrations, arrows at the top of the resource to turn ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: homework

This is a one-page document with suggested activities for students and relates to 'Homework', the fifth 'Alice in Australia' photo story. It provides questions and prompts to engage students in group activities and research relating to the story's homework theme, and also includes discussion and creative writing ideas focusing ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: a school day

This is a one-page document with suggested activities for students and relates to 'School day', the tenth 'Alice in Australia' photo story. Students consider aspects of school such as uniforms, lunches and rules through discussion and group work, including carrying out a survey and using a bar chart and pie chart to present ...

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Writing Dialogue

This is an explanation for students of how to format dialogue correctly when using it in their writing, with examples, practice activities and a short test.

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Animal Farm

This web page provides chapter by chapter synopses, commentary and short answer questions to support a study of George Orwell's novel Animal Farm.

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'Animal Farm' Writing Tasks: Write a Fable

This resource for students is twelfth in a series of thirteen based on a study of the novel 'Animal Farm'. The resource presents a list of 'moral messages' from the novel and asks students to choose one, and then write a fable illustrating the message. Information on fables is also provided, as well as links relating to ...