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Starting Smart: enterprising advertisers: persuade and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 4-6 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work on persuasive texts, specifically advertisements. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language ...

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Neighbours, Asia-Pacific: neighbours

This is an interactive resource exploring neighbours at a local and international level. The resource uses narrative, poetic and factual texts to explore stories about neighbours, how to be neighbourly and the neighbours in the Australia-Pacific region. The resource also draws the user's attention to how different text ...

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Primary English: different representations

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'representations' 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 expose students to a wide range ...

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Poets paint words - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how Australian paintings can be used to inspire students to write poetry as well as to develop their skills in visual literacy and oral and aural semiotic systems. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Hitting the refresh button: Teacher idea

This Teacher idea shows how students can develop an appreciation of the ways characters, stories or issues from a novel can be reshaped or refreshed in a film - in this case, Harper Lee’s 'To kill a mockingbird'. Students use TLF resources to consider ways in which imaginative texts can explore universal themes and social ...

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On my soapbox - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the elements of good public speaking, research a topic, and develop and justify a point of view in a presentation to an audience.

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Political rhetoric and propaganda - unit of work

This unit focuses on political propaganda and rhetoric used in Australia, particularly during the Second World War. It uses speeches, photos, posters and films to provide students with the opportunity to analyse the ways in which messages can be conveyed in wartime and encourages them to be more critical of the information ...

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Ned Kelly - hero or villain?

In this unit of work, students will use a liturgy of letters, ballads and folklore to investigate and determine whether Ned Kelly was a hero or a villain.

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Taking a stand - unit of work

In this unit of work students identify, explore and use the persuasive techniques employed by authors to influence readers and viewers. These include persuasive language, point of view, bias and propaganda techniques.

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Using 'Shake speak' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea recounts and illustrates the experiences of teaching the R11557 'Shake speak - unit of work' to a year 10 class. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Thursday Island State High School studied the language, themes and characters in 'Romeo and Juliet' and incorporated their own cultural experiences ...

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What storm is this? - unit of work

This unit uses a scaffolded approach to bring students to independently retell an aspect of the story of 'Romeo and Juliet' using their own languages and cultural stories, both traditional and popular. The unit is designed to draw on students' interest, knowledge and skills to maximise their engagement with the text. Drama ...

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Something wicked this way comes - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to teach Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' in a multi-level ESL classroom. The unit is based on the assumption that ESL students can successfully engage with Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', and that Shakespeare is not 'too hard' for ESL students. The universal themes in Shakespeare's plays appeal to students ...

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The Scottish play - unit of work

In this unit of work, students are introduced to Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', and explore the play’s historical context, plot and themes through drama-based activities. Assessment tasks throughout the unit include journal responses, character diary entries, self-devised scripts and art and design challenges. At the end of the ...

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Politics with punch - unit of work

In this unit of work, students analyse the meanings and messages of different Australian political cartoons through closely examining subject, target, style, symbol, tone and captions. Students use digital and traditional learning tools to creatively and critically respond to the situations, people and events represented.

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Drawing the news - unit of work

In this unit of work, students identify and explain the subject, target, style, symbol, tone and captioning components of various political cartoons. They recognise points of view, themes and issues as explored by different Australian cartoonists. Students use digital and traditional learning tools to creatively and critically ...

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The big M - unit of work

This unit is designed for students who find the subject of English difficult, and who have little experience with Shakespeare. It introduces students to a basic appreciation of Shakespeare, his life and times, and the story, characters and themes of 'Macbeth'.

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The Oasis: youth homeless matters - teaching resource

This is a resource for teachers to use with the documentary on urban youth homelessness 'The Oasis'. The film covers a group of homeless young people at a youth refuge of the same name in Surry Hills, New South Wales. The resource is divided into four sections: Background information on youth homelessness; Teaching and ...

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Activities: English, Episode 1 - Childhood

This resource for English teachers is focused on a variety of childhood experiences in Australia, and also relates to childbearing and the women's movement. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 1 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social ...

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Starting Smart: playing by the rules: entertain and persuade

This curriculum resource package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The unit focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of narrative and persuasive texts. The lessons use a range of ...

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Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry and recounts: confident communicators 1

This curriculum resource is the first of a two-part package that provides teachers of years 1-3 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a term of work to help students become confident communicators. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of recount ...