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Debating Vietnam: using counter-arguments

Imagine agreeing with your opponent in a debate. How could that possibly help your argument? Many successful speakers, however, realise that concession is an important persuasive technique. In this clip, explore how two speakers discussing the effectiveness of Vietnam War protest marches both use concession to improve their ...

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Debating Vietnam: using counter-arguments

Imagine agreeing with your opponent in a debate. How could that possibly help your argument? Many successful speakers, however, realise that concession is an important persuasive technique. In this clip, explore how two speakers discussing the effectiveness of Vietnam War protest marches both use concession to improve their ...

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Celebrity garbage: Cal Calvino

Help a detective work out what happened to a missing celebrity. Look closely at clues in a rubbish bin. Note key dates and times on items of evidence such as a pet grooming receipt and a flight reservation. Sort the evidence into chronological order. Look at a model recount of another case story. Build a recount of Cal's ...

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Finish the story: bushfire

Edit a comic book story to make it more exciting and complete. Look closely at a narrative about an adventure where a couple driving home are trapped by a bushfire. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding adverbs, choosing verbs and changing nouns to pronouns. Choose a title and image for the cover.

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Finish the story: boat disaster

Edit a comic book story about an adventure where a couple spend a day fishing from a boat, but then get stranded. Look closely at the narrative and make it more exciting and complete. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding adjectives, choosing verbs and linking sentences using text connectives. Choose a title and ...

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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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Show and tell: here, boy!

Watch a short cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make the story clearer and funnier. ...

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Show and tell: eerie encounter

Watch a short cartoon about a close encounter with an alien spaceship. Select language elements to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the elements to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adverbs and adjectives to ...

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Koala control: points of view

Explore facts and opinions about controlling populations of koalas. Interview people expressing a range of opinions. Use a model structure and sample text to summarise each point of view. Look at ways in which language is used to convince an audience or reinforce a position. For example, one person expresses negative feelings ...

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Celebrity garbage: Zac Bronski

Help a detective work out what happened to a missing celebrity. Look closely at clues in a rubbish bin. Note key dates and times on items of evidence such as a dental appointment and a hotel reservation. Sort the evidence into chronological order. Look at a model recount of another case story. Build a recount of Zac's disappearance ...

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Point of view: newspaper report: verbs

Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of verbs. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable verbs for the report. Create a headline and choose a photograph. This learning ...

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Point of view: newspaper report: adverbs

Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of adverbial phrases. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable adverbial phrases for the report. Create a headline and choose ...

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Point of view: newspaper report: pronouns

Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of pronouns. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable pronouns for the report. Create a headline and choose a photograph. This ...

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Online news: Green Valley Voice

Build a news story opposing a plan to dam a local river. Look at a model news story telling readers how a dam would affect farmers. Build a web page describing the impact a dam would have on tourism and the environment. Choose titles, words and images to support your position. For example, use words such as 'destroy' and ...

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Online news: Perfect Pets

Help a pet shop to sell more of their unusual pets. Examine a web page promoting a giant cockroach. Build pages describing why ferrets and hermit crabs make great pets. Choose titles, words and images to interest an audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'lovable' and 'cute' to create a positive ...

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Online news: island holiday

Help an island resort to sell more holiday packages. Examine a web page designed to attract families. Build a page describing attractions for thrill-seekers and another for nature lovers. Choose titles, words and images that suit your audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'glorious' and 'unspoilt' ...

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Zou ba! The Gold Buddha: qualifying statements

Follow an adventure about 'The Gold Buddha'. Find out how to adjust the meaning of a statement by adding a phrase. For example, say that you speak Chinese and add 'but I can't speak it well'. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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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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Super stories: The Abandoned House: verbs and adverbs

Help a publishing director create a bestselling horror story. Read the story. Choose effective verbs and adverbs to increase the impact of the story by making it scarier. Select illustrations that highlight the horror of the events.

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Super stories: The Sea Cave: verbs and adverbs

Help a publishing director create a bestselling horror story. Read the story. Choose effective verbs and adverbs to increase the impact of the story and make it scarier. Select illustrations that highlight the horror of the events.