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Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

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Tell it like it is - unit of work

In this unit of work students learn about sequence and detail through recounting and sequencing details of personal events, literary texts and procedures.

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Finders keepers: level 3

Move through a 3D house in search of hidden treasure. Collect clues along the way by answering multiple-choice questions about everyday texts, such as a postcard, a TV guide, an advertising poster and an email message. Earn useful objects and break the code that protects the hidden treasure. Identify language and organisational ...

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Apple II software game manual - 'A2-FS2 Flight Simulator II', 1983

This is the cover of a manual for an Apple II flight simulation game called 'A2-FS2 Flight Simulator II'. It shows a stylised seated figure hovering over a runway. In front of the figure is a suspended computer screen showing another runway and various instrument readings. In the background are snow-topped mountains. Text ...

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John Danks and Son product catalogue, c1900

This is a booklet promoting household appliances sold by John Danks and Son Pty Ltd stores in Melbourne and Sydney. It consists of 16 pages of illustrated products, with a grey cardboard cover. The front cover features a line drawing of a woman wearing an apron and standing at a Lux stove. The back cover features a list ...

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User manual for the 'Cold Flame' kerosene domestic refrigerator, c1950

This is a 32-page brochure dating from the 1940-50s, providing instructions for the installation, operation and maintenance of the 'Cold Flame' kerosene domestic refrigerator manufactured by Charles Hope Ltd. It also includes recipes. The brochure format is: width 180 mm, depth 5 mm, heigh: 240 mm, page size: 180 x 240 mm.

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Menu for Commonwealth Celebrations, 1901

This is a small folder containing a menu. It is printed on four sides (two visible here). The front is in brown, gold and green, with images of kangaroos, tree ferns and wattle in a frame. Printed on the front are the words: 'COMMONWEALTH / CELEBRATIONS / CONVERSAZIONE / Given by / THE STATE OF / VICTORIA / AT THE EXHIBITION ...

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Certificate presented by the Borough of Wangaratta, 1901

This is a coloured certificate that was produced by the Borough of Wangaratta. It features two female figures: Australia on the left facing Britannia on the right. There are black-and-white images of Queen Victoria and Wangaratta State School. Printed on the certificate is the following: 'AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH / ADVANCE ...

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Shipwreck of the Dunbar at 'the Heads', 1857

The wreck of the clipper ship Dunbar off Sydney Heads in 1857 is regarded as the worst peacetime merchant shipping tragedy in NSW history. This letter was copied from a handwritten manuscript by James Graham, the signal master at South Head, Sydney, in 1857, and was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald on 22 August 1857, ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: changing matters: instruct and explain

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work for students in years 1-3 focusing on poetry and song texts. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the text purpose, organisation, language structures ...

Interactive Resource

Languages online: Indonesian section 26: days and months

This set of nine interactive activities from the Languages online resource helps students practise the days of the week and the months of the year. The main language points are asking and saying what day it is, saying what people do on a particular day, saying which months birthdays fall in and saying that a special event ...

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Languages online: Indonesian section 27: saying the date

This set of nine interactive activities from the Languages online resource helps students practise saying and writing dates. The key language points addressed in the activities are asking and saying what the date is and the date of a particular occasion, including the language structure for talking about birthdays. In addition, ...

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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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Neighbours, Asia-Pacific: neighbours PNG

This is an interactive resource about neighbours and Australia's international neighbour Papua New Guinea. The concept of neighbourliness, responsibilities to neighbours and Australia's and Papua New Guinea's customs, language and culture are explored. The resource uses fiction, video and factual texts that all have a connecting ...

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TV killed the radio star

Can you imagine a time when, instead of watching dramas at home on a screen, people listened to them on the radio - a time when the most popular of those dramas were made in Australia? This Four Corners program from 1964 examines the reasons for the death of Australian radio serials, the role played by television in their ...

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Cambodian refugees

How do people become refugees? From the late 1960s, the small Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia was dragged into a war that was not of its making. Many thousands of its people suffered terribly when their country was caught up in the Vietnam War. Watch as ABC reporter Andrew Swanton covers the flight of refugees into the ...

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Ken Burns on historical documentaries

How can TV documentaries help us to understand the past? Ken Burns is a highly regarded American television documentary maker. He has made outstanding historical documentaries on such topics as the American Civil War, baseball, jazz and the 1930s Depression. In this 2004 ABC Words program, Burns speaks to James Griffin ...

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Teenage drinking in the 1970s

Do you think that Australian teenagers drink too much alcohol? If so, do you think this is a new problem? Discover what teenagers thought about such drinking back in the 1970s. This ABC program from 1977 looks at the issue of teenage drinking, some possible reasons for it and some of the social problems arising from it.

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Farmers' market: by locals, for locals

What are food miles, and how can a farmers' market support sustainable farming and supply a community with fresh food? To find out, view this clip called 'To market, to market', created by young reporters from Willunga Primary School, South Australia. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' ...

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Adoption of Indigenous Australian children

Imagine being taken away from your family and forced to live with people from another language, place and culture. This interview, recorded a week before the 1967 Referendum, captures an the perspective of Margaret Valadian, a prominent young Aboriginal Australian, on the practice of adoption and the removal of Aboriginal ...