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Reading an informative text: Fashion rules!

This is an HTML resource for middle to upper primary students about how to answer reading comprehension questions that require them to compare, contrast, synthesise or classify information in an informative text. The resource has three tabs: Introduction; Text and questions; and Answer key. The Introduction tab discusses ...

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Inanimate Alice photo story 1: Tilly and Brad

This is a multimodal text that imaginatively combines short chunks of print with colour photos and other visual elements such as line drawings. Set in Melbourne, the first-person narrative focuses on an adventure a young girl has involving some bees and a delightful dog, Tilly. It also introduces Alice's mysterious digital ...

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Inanimate Alice photo story 2: buried treasure

This is a multimodal text that imaginatively combines short chunks of print with snapshot-style photos and images of particular objects or details. The first-person narrative is about Alice's adventures in Western Australia and focuses on the Burrup Peninsula, where she sees Aboriginal rock art and discovers a nest of turtle ...

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Inanimate Alice photo story 3: modern art

This is a multimodal text that imaginatively combines short chunks of print with colour photos and other visual elements such as speech bubbles (in English and Greek) and artwork. In this third episode of the 'Alice in Australia' series, Alice is looking after the neighbours' dog, Tilly, while they are in Greece, and her ...

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Inanimate Alice photo story 4: broken things

This is a multimodal text that imaginatively combines short chunks of print with colour photos and other visual elements, including maps. In this episode of the 'Alice in Australia' series, Alice's dad is travelling for work and this takes her to Singapore and her Aunt Xui Li's apartment high above the city. The story focuses ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: Tilly and Brad

This is a one-page document with suggested literacy activities for students and relates to 'Tilly and Brad', the first 'Alice in Australia' photo story. It includes questions and prompts to engage students in personal reflection, discussion and research linked to the story's content and setting, and also focuses on ways ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: buried treasure

This is a one-page document with suggested literacy activities for students and relates to 'Buried treasure', the second 'Alice in Australia' photo story. It provides questions and prompts to engage students in personal reflection, discussion, research and creative responses linked to the storyline and the settings of Dampier ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: modern art

This is a one-page document with suggested literacy activities for students relating to 'Modern art', the third 'Alice in Australia' photo story. It provides questions and prompts to engage students in personal reflection, discussion, writing and other creative responses linked to the story's content and text features. ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: broken things

This is a one-page document with suggested literacy activities for students relating to 'Broken things', the fourth 'Alice in Australia' photo story. It provides questions and prompts to engage students in oral work including storytelling and debate, research about other countries, and a variety of creative responses. One ...

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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 photo story 10: a school day

This is a multimodal text that imaginatively combines short chunks of print with photos and other visual elements such as drawings and speech bubbles. Alice usually has her schooling with a tutor because of her family’s frequent travels, but in this story she is going to school for a day with her Melbourne friends Carol ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: an audio story

This is a one-page document with suggested activities relating to 'An audio story', the seventh 'Alice in Australia' photo story. Students write and record an audio story incorporating the sounds that Alice and her friends collect for a similar task. Additional activities focus on how to use podcasts to share sound recordings ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: a day at the races

This is a one-page document with suggested student activities relating to 'A day at the races', an 'Alice in Australia' photo story set in Hong Kong. It provides questions and prompts to engage students in research, debate and discussion. It also includes activities focusing on the importance of effective scene-setting ...

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MoneySmart: Ava makes a difference

This is a digital big book about how a young girl makes and sells pancakes as part of a class fundraising event to help a family whose house has burnt down, and how she learns the importance of helping people in need. Developed as part of the MoneySmart Teacher Package, the story is suitable for children from Foundation ...