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Top drawer teachers: reasoning

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of the ‘Reasoning’ proficiency and its integration into the mathematics curriculum through links to five sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind reasoning and shows how reasoning can be developed in even very young students. The second section ...

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Joan London's 'Gilgamesh': a literary journey

Imagine undertaking a journey to eastern Europe at the start of World War II. This amazing tale of a young single mother from rural Western Australia is the plot of Joan London's novel 'Gilgamesh'. In this clip, explore the motif of the journey in literature. It will help if you are familiar with the novel.

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Promoting a perspective: climate change

How much do you know about climate change? We have all heard of it but not everybody accepts that changes to our weather patterns are caused by climate change. In this clip, practice your listening comprehension skills by analysing a current affairs report about climate change.

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Franklin River campaign

How important is the environment in an election campaign? In this clip, explore the issue that changed Australia's conservation landscape forever: the fight to save the Franklin River. Watch how the Tasmanian Wilderness Society used political and media strategies to influence the outcome of the 1983 federal election in ...

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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 ...

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Can you agree to disagree about a cult book?

Can your feelings about a book be so strong that they influence your relationships with others? In this clip, a panel of authors, literary critics and a publisher discuss how they respond to people who don't share their passion for a cult book. Listen, too, as they discuss whether quality of writing is essential in a cult book.

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The nature of fear

What do you think makes a monster truly frightening? What inhabits your nightmares? In this clip, discover how traditional monsters such as the vampire have evolved over time and what this suggests about our perception of evil.

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Cult books and bestsellers: same or different?

What are some of the essential characteristics of cult books? Must they be treasured by new generations of readers? Can they also be bestsellers? Find out what a panel of writers, literary critics and a publisher consider to be some of the key features of cult books.

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Books that changed the world: Sigmund Freud

How do you discuss the impact of a book on society with your friends or family? In this clip a panel of writers discuss Sigmund Freud's 'The Interpretation of Dreams'. Listen as they present their different opinions and respond to one another's point of view. The panellists also consider the enduring ability of books to ...

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Cult novels and their characters

A cult novel is one that holds special status for certain readers. Generally, cult novels are those that are passionately loved by a small group of people. In this clip, discover why author Markus Zusak's favourite cult novel is 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller.

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What's the best age to discover a book?

Do you think there is a best age at which you discover a book? Is a book you love as a young adult likely to remain a favourite for the rest of your life? Listen to a panel of authors, literary critics and a publisher discuss when a book is most likely to make a lasting impression on the reader.

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The enduring appeal of 'Frankenstein'

Frankenstein! The very name of Mary Shelley's tale of the iconic scientist and his disastrous creation strikes fear into the heart of many readers. But what is the reason for this story's enduring power? In this clip, explore why this classic Gothic horror novel has remained relevant since its 1818 publication.

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Exploring dystopian fiction

Imagine a future where Australia has been taken over by an invading force and everybody is interned in prison camps, or a world where corporations control our every move. These are scenarios imagined by two Australian authors, John Marsden and Max Barry. In this clip, explore reasons why they believe these situations might ...

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Books as a source of debate

Imagine a world destroyed by cataclysm, where you were left to wander through an ash-coated landscape populated by thieves, murderers and even cannibals. That's the vision offered by Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel 'The road'. Dystopian fiction can often be bleak and pessimistic in terms of the view of humanity it offers readers. ...

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The language of criticism

Language is a powerful tool and the way it is used can sometimes disempower or devalue people and their ideas. Listen to young art critic and aspiring painter Robert Hughes as he discusses the Beat Generation. Explore how questions can be used to influence listeners and how language can reveal the attitudes and values of ...

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'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest': book to film

Have you read the book or watched the movie 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest'? The movie was very successful, winning five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Listen to the opinions of some leading authors, filmmakers and critics as they discuss their responses to the film adaptation of the book.

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The value of Shakespeare

Many of us are resistant to studying the works of William Shakespeare but we use Shakespearean language every day. In this clip, explore young writer Kate Tempest's passion for Shakespeare and hear her recite her poem referencing many of his words and phrases that are still in common usage today.

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Eucalypts in Africa: small-scale farming

With their hard, waxy leaves and iconic 'gum nuts', eucalypts (or gum trees, as they are better known) are widespread and well known to most Australians. But most Australians probably don't realise that the eucalypt is now the most widely cultivated forest tree in the world. See how the humble eucalypt is taking root in ...

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Three Gorges Dam: hydro-electricity as a choice

China has built the massive Three Gorges Dam to provide hydro-electricity. The dam provides power without the harmful emissions produced by burning coal. But are there other costs? Hear from a Chinese professor whose opposition to the dam has waned, but who calls for careful attention to the problems that this dam has created ...

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Cocoon: silk connections

Have you ever seen a silk cocoon? This clip shows how some creative thinking and an international partnership have helped a silk farm in Western Australia transform its cocoons into silk on the market.