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Starting Smart: dramatic recyclers: entertain, explain and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work. Designed for students in years 4-6, the unit looks at how writing scripts and performing and recording plays can draw together the purposes of entertainment, explanation and informational ...

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Feeding the 24-hour television news cycle

Come behind the scenes of ABC News 24. Find out how the team gathers, prepares and presents the latest news and information to viewers throughout Australia.

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Noongar people speak about a sense of place

Some places hold special importance for us. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a very strong sense of connection to their ancestral lands. They are important elements of their history and culture. In this audio clip, listen to two Noongar speakers talk about their connection to place.

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Character creation in book and film

What are some of the ways novelists create the characters in their books? Are these options available to writers of movie screenplays? Listen to renowned screenwriter John Collee as he describes the importance of action in revealing character, using the film adaptation of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' as an example.

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Shakespeare sweated it!

Ben Jonson, a 17th-century playwright and critic, said of Shakespeare that 'a great poet is not just born, but made'. Enjoy this discussion between Phillip Adams and John Bell, Australian actor and director of the Bell Shakespeare company. They explore soliloquies, authorship and why Shakespeare came to be considered the ...

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Whingeing and the pursuit of happiness

Playwright David Williamson has probed aspects of Australia's social conscience since the 1960s. See him and actors Mark Lee and Anne Tenney discussing issues raised in the 2012 production of his play 'Happiness'.

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Drama on the bus

Is someone watching you? It's just possible that there's an observer on your bus or train using the scenes and conversations that take place as a starting point for their art. That's what four playwrights did when they travelled together across Sydney on the 428 bus and came up with four completely different ideas for a play.

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Scripting and storyboarding a video interview

How do you decide on the questions for a video interview? What about how it's going to be filmed? Catherine Marciniak and Benj Binks from ABC Open provide some great tips on scripting and storyboarding a video interview. This is one of eight clips on making a mini-documentary.

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Secondary English: collaboration

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'collaboration' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers provide students with opportunities ...

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Collages

This downloadable zip file is part of the Adobe digital school collection of resources. It contains a PDF lesson plan on investigating architecture from a certain time or place, as well as folders containing an assessment rubric, technical guides for Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements and Acrobat X Pro. The ...

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Creating suspense: project example

This downloadable zip file is part of the Adobe digital school collection of resources and supports a lesson plan on creating suspense. This resource includes several suspenseful film examples that have been created using Adobe Premiere Elements 10. There are also folders that include all the assets required to undertake ...

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Podcasts

This downloadable PDF resource is part of the Adobe digital school collection of resources. The PDF is a lesson plan that takes students through the process of using Adobe Elements to create a documentary. The lesson includes: playing some sample documentaries, students working in groups to research an issue of their choice; ...

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UCreate a short film

This resource focuses on creating a short film. Learn about planning, shooting and editing short films for classroom presentations, competitions and online. It has practical hints, advice and tips about film making.

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Indigenous Theatre Perspectives

This online library provides teachers with resources to access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre practitioners and performing arts agencies.

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David Williamson on inspiration

Listen as David Williamson explains where he finds inspiration for his plays. What are his aims as a playwright?

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Exploring themes with David Williamson

Watch this clip to learn about David Williamson's background and what themes fascinate him as a playwright. What ideas does he enjoy exploring in his plays?

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Experience the weather [includes spoken instructions]

Explore weather variations in four different environments: desert, mountains, rainforest and polar regions. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy or snowing.

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Experience the weather [no spoken instructions]

Explore weather variations in four different environments: desert, mountains, rainforest and polar. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy or snowing.

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Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.

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Character maker: visual attributes

Build animated characters for a new cartoon show. Choose visual attributes to communicate information about your cartoon character’s personality to the audience. Choose shapes and items to suit a character's personality. Combine elements such as body shape, head size, clothing and accessories. For example, choose a relatively ...