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Modern day epic poetry

Imagine being a troubadour, travelling poet or musician. In medieval times these people wandered the countryside, earning a living by recounting great tales of heroic feats. Young British poet Kate Tempest is doing much the same today. In this clip, explore Kate's fascinating work.

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Postcard with poem entitled 'Doors', 1939

This poem, entitled 'Doors', was written by Arthur Lederer shortly before he and his family departed England on board SS Orama in 1939. The Lederers had fled Austria to escape Nazi persecution of the Jews and had travelled via Czechoslovakia and Great Britain before joining their ship to Australia. The poem uses a door ...

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Lights, camera, action: editing

Explore how editing helps to tell a story in films. Learn words used to describe transitions and time span of scenes. See how the order of scenes and type of transitions can affect the flow, set a mood and keep an audience interested. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, a 'fade-in' ...

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Lights, camera, action: lighting

Explore how lighting effects are used in films to tell a story. Learn words used to describe light levels and lighting effects. See how combinations of lighting can hide or reveal things, set a mood and influence audience feelings. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, dim lighting ...

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'Playing Beatie Bow', 1985

These three clips from a 1985 Australian feature film based on Ruth Park's classic Australian novel 'Playing Beatie Bow' depict a troubled teenager, Abigail, who travels back in time from Sydney in the 1980s to Sydney in 1873. The first clip shows how Abigail accidentally travels back in time with a strange girl to 1873. ...

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'Life at the Top: A Week with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser', 1977

These are two clips of television documentary footage showing some typical activities of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser during one week in 1977. The first clip shows Malcolm Fraser at home after a 14-hour day socialising with his family. The second clip presents the prime minister eating lunch with steel workers in Wollongong, ...

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Comparing the book and the film of 'The Hobbit'

Have you ever read a book and then seen the film version of it? Did you think it was well done or could it have been done differently? In this panel interview presented by Michael Cathcart, academics Mark Atherton and Lynette Porter talk about the things that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien in writing 'The Hobbit'. They also ...

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Teddy Rock's 'Twinkle, twinkle little star'!

Sing along with Buzz, Belle and Bop as they perform 'Twinkle, twinkle little star' in this animated music video. Then have some fun exploring rhyme and description as you create your own verse for this classic nursery rhyme.

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The secrets to Paul Jennings's success

Imagine being a best-selling author who receives 5000 fan letters a year! That's what it's like for Paul Jennings, one of Australia's most successful children's authors. But what makes Jennings's books so loved by children around the world? In this clip, learn that knowing your audience is key to an author's success.

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'Hey diddle diddle' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen as Buzz, Belle and Bop perform 'Hey diddle diddle' in this animated music video. Then try to create your own sentences that include pairs of words that sound the same at the end (rhyme).

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'Sing a song of sixpence' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen to Buzz, Belle and Bop perform the nursery rhyme 'Sing a song of sixpence' in this animated music video. Find out where the king was, what the queen was doing and what happened to the maid. Have fun retelling the story.

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'This old man' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen to Teddy Rock perform the nursery rhyme 'This old man' in this animated music video. Then have some fun with counting and rhyme as you create and perform new verses for the song.

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The story of 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton

What do the words of 'Waltzing Matilda' mean and where did they come from? Find out about 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton, the town where Banjo Paterson wrote his ballad. Discover what the song means to the town today.

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Creating Australian stories: author May Gibbs

How do storybook writers, illustrators and cartoonists find their inspiration? Find out how May Gibbs, a famous Australian author and illustrator, used the Australian bush to create the children's classic 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' and the 'Gumnut Babies'.

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'Incy Wincy Spider' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen to Buzz, Belle and Bop perform the traditional nursery rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider' in this animated music video. Use the rhyme, sung with a rock beat by Teddy Rock, to discuss, order and retell events.

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'It's raining, it's pouring' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen as Buzz, Belle and Bop sing the nursery rhyme 'It's raining, it's pouring' in this animated music video. Next, see if you can think of some other things that might happen to the old man.

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Engaging with poetry - odes

This resource focuses on a selection of odes. Students have the opportunity to learn about how language forms and features of odes, how composers use language, rhythm and imagery to engage their audience and the ways in which imaginative texts can explore and express emotion and feeling. Students have the opportunity to ...

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John le Carré: early influences

How do writers of spy novels find inspiration? Where do they learn about the people and places that feature in their books? Listen to acclaimed author John le Carré explain how he draws upon his childhood, family and his work with the British secret service to inspire and inform his novels.

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John le Carré: interrogation

In the world of espionage, interrogation is crucial. How do interviewers ensure that information obtained during interrogation is useful? How do they determine whether an interviewee is telling the truth? In this clip, author John le Carré explains some of the finer points of successful interrogation.

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The power of poetry

Imagine having the power to move and inspire people using carefully chosen words. This is the power wielded by poets who use words, voice and sometimes actions to engage their audiences. In this clip, explore the powerful and innovative work of young British poet Kate Tempest as she performs her original work 'Balance'.