Search results

Refine results by

Year level
Resource type
Learning area
Listed under:  Language  >  Language modes  >  Creating texts  >  Literary devices  >  Figures of speech  >  Metaphors
Video

My Place - Episode 3: 1988: Lily, The Bicentenary

Lily and her friends are painting the school sign for the Bicentenary when she tells her cousin, Phoung, a false story about how convicts were treated in early Australia. Phoung repeats this story to the class as part of a report on the First Fleet.

Moving Image

Word histories: how extraordinary!

Words can change over time and so can their meanings. The word 'extra' broke away from other words to become a word on its own. Professor Kate Burridge explains how this impacts on words like 'extraordinary'. She also explains the origins and meanings of the words 'hearse' and 'rehearse''.

Moving Image

Borrowed words: the processes of language change

Do you know any words from another language? Chances are, you know more than you think you do! English is a polyglot language; one that borrows words from other languages. In this Professor Kate Burridge discusses the origins of the phrases 'short-shrift' and 'lily-livered'.

Moving Image

Internet filters: a good idea?

Have you ever been confronted with something you didn't want to see while surfing the internet? When governments propose laws to filter the internet they can cause quite a stir, as shown in this clip from 2010. Many people think it's a great idea that will protect children, while others argue that such censorship limits ...

Moving Image

Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

What can you do in just a few minutes? Current affairs stories are only a few minutes long yet need to present an entire argument. Let's explore a story about digital footprints, to see how words and images are used to convey a lot of meaning in a short space of time.

Moving Image

Why we love to be scared

Are you a fan of horror stories? From campfire ghost stories to the latest 3D thrillers, it seems that plenty of people just can't get enough of the scary stuff. Have you ever thought about why people love to read stories that are designed to terrify them? In this clip, explore the attraction that this popular genre holds ...

Moving Image

Sussing out the similes in a footy game

If you've ever tried to describe an experience to a friend and said, 'It was just like', you were using a simile. Similes and their close pals metaphors are figures of speech that writers of all sorts of texts use. As you listen to this Heywire audio story, explore Taylor Smith's use of them in his recount of a Saturday ...

Moving Image

Hugh Howie's 'Wool': metaphor and message

How do you determine what the core message of a book is? Writers use a range of devices to convey their messages, and one of them is metaphor. Listen as Jennifer Byrne's panel of writers discuss the use of metaphor in Hugh Howey's 'Wool' and compare their responses to the book. The panellists from left to right are: China ...

Audio

Overflowing with envy of Clancy's splendid life

Enjoy this audio clip, which features Australian actor Jack Thompson reading AB 'Banjo' Paterson's poem 'Clancy of the Overflow'. This poem is an Australian bush ballad, narrated by a city office worker who imagines that Clancy's life as a shearer and drover in the outback would hold far more pleasures than his own.

Moving Image

Imagery: the key to an effective poem

Close your eyes and picture a simple key. What does it mean to you? Many poems are structured around a single extended metaphor, an image that the poet returns to throughout their work, developing it into a rich and complex symbol. In this lyrical and emotive poem, Martin Ingle turns the deceptively simple image of a key ...

Moving Image

'Julius Caesar': justifying murder

Brutus is in a dilemma! His friend Julius Caesar is about to be crowned Emperor of Rome. However, Brutus is concerned that Caesar will become a tyrant, and he wants to do what is best for Rome. Join interviewer James Evans and actors John Bell and Hazem Shammas from Bell Shakespeare as they explore the language of this ...

Moving Image

'Julius Caesar': the adder and the ladder

Shakespeare's tragedies provide his audiences with moral dilemmas. Julius Caesar is no exception. In this soliloquy, Brutus ponders whether assassinating Julius Caesar would be in the best interests of Rome. Shakespeare's use of metaphor provides the key to understanding Brutus' motivation, convincingly brought to life ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

Indigenous peoples: stories to unite us

This is an interactive resource exploring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Learning activities are based around two picture storybooks and an audio text: 'You and me: our place', by Leonie Norrington; 'Stories from the billabong', a collection of traditional Aboriginal stories; and ...

Teacher resource

Sustainability: global footprints

This is an interactive resource about sustainable futures, ecological footprints and personal and social responsibility. It is a unit of work and uses a picture storybook, a factual text from a video and a short novel. Texts are examined for meaning and structure. A Time photo essay about what the world eats explores the ...

Teacher resource

Refugees and migration: seeking refuge - the journey

This is an interactive resource about refugees and asylum seekers. It contain sections about the journey refugees take including the reasons for leaving their home, their physical journey and the process of seeking refuge and resettlement. The resource is presented as a unit of work with activities aimed at developing the ...

Teacher resource

Neighbours, Asia-Pacific: helping hands

This is an interactive resource exploring fiction, non-fiction and multimodal texts that relate to the 2004 Asian tsunami and its aftermath. The resource is presented as a unit of work with learning activities focused on gathering information from the different texts and examining how language was used to report the tsunami. ...

Text

Through a child's eye: an especially joyous exhibition of mandalas

This is a presentation of seven slides displaying a small exhibition of children's stories, related drawings and background information about mandalas. The stories and drawings illustrate selected fables as an expression of Buddhist teachings. The presentation was created as a result of an art project to commemorate the ...

Interactive Resource

Difference Differently: stories about difference

This is a resource with three related sets of student activities that explore social inclusion and exclusion. It uses traditional and personal stories to explore the reasons for and implications of social exclusion and discrimination. It also looks at how language used in texts can include or exclude different viewers. ...

Interactive Resource

The power of words

This is an interactive resource about how Holocaust survivors are empowered by speaking and writing about their experiences. It draws upon Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir ‘Night’ and Cara Isaacman's testimony about how difficult it was to write about the Holocaust. Scaffolded student activities in ...