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Consumer culture: Are we being bought?

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 7 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. Students focus on using critical literacy skills to explore ...

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'Othello': the birth of the green-eyed monster

You'd never want to get into an argument with Shakespeare, who certainly knows how to use words to convince! A key moment in Othello is in Act 3, scene 3, where Iago plants the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind about his wife's faithfulness. It is a study in masterful manipulation, as illustrated by Hazem Shammas and Damien ...

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Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man

The Seven Ages of Man is a monlogue from Shakespeare's play 'As You Like It' which is depicted in a series of stained glass windows at the State Library of NSW. Inspired by the text and the visual representation, a sequence of two activities guide students to write the 'Seven Ages of Women' and design stained-glass windows ...

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Youth Theatre (unit)

Youth theatre is a unit resource with three self-contained and independent resources for English and drama students. The unit focuses on the play 48 Shades of Brown, adapted from Nick Earls' award winning novel. It examines the themes, issues, setting, characters and language of the play. It also examines the staging of ...

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Seven billion people, seven billion stories: What makes a compelling life story?

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 9 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit gives students experiences of listening to, viewing ...

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Writing London: discovery and rebirth

How do writers respond to, and write about, the great city of London. Listen as some of London's greatest writers, including Andrea Levy, Jeremy Reed, Ian McEwan and Bernard Kops, reflect on the experience of writing in and about London. Consider what Bernard Kops means when he asks, 'Where was I born after I was born?'

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Vanishing words: the process of language change

The English language is full of strange contradictions and vanishing words. Have you ever wondered why we sometimes put words together that contradict each other, such as 'pretty awful' or 'terribly good'? If we can be 'ruthless', can we be 'ruthly' as well? Watch as Professor Kate Burridge explains these curious irregularities ...

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Malalai Joya's voice of dissent

Malalai Joya is a former Afghani politician who, as a young woman of 25, stood up in a room crowded with 503 mostly male political delegates to denounce the warlords who had taken control of Afghanistan. Her action was supported by many but was denounced by those in power. Today, Joya continues her political activism.

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Joan London's 'Gilgamesh': exploring genre

How many times have you chosen a book based simply on its genre? Identifying the genre of a text can often be the key to whether we like it or not. In this clip, explore the ways genre has been manipulated in Joan London's novel 'Gilgamesh'. Jennifer Byrne's panellists from left to right are: China Mieville, Marieke Hardy, ...

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The voice of Albert Facey

Albert Facey's 'A Fortunate Life' is one of Australia's best-loved autobiographies. Could it be Facey's 'voice' in his writing that touches the hearts of so many readers? Explore this clip to learn more about how the written word can capture the personality of a writer.

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Sentencing 'The Book Thief'

People can express their opinions and attitudes in ways other than words. In this clip, join in the discussion about Markus Zusak's popular novel 'The Book Thief', and explore how verbal and non-verbal cues can add emphasis to your speech.

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Credibility and the news

Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Don't believe everything you hear'? Well, it's true of things you see, too. Television news programs work hard to make their stories credible - this means that they appear honest and believable. In this clip, explore how credibility can be established and manipulated.

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A poetic journey through personal identity

It is undeniable that our society likes to put people into boxes. But what about those, like Laurie May, who find they don't quite fit into neat little categories? In this thought-provoking poem, Laurie challenges society and its attempts to define her Indigenous identity.

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Navigating 'Cloud Atlas'

Some authors like to take readers on a journey, none more so than David Mitchell, the author of 'Cloud Atlas'. His novel is a complex tale that attempts to weave together six different narratives over a period of hundreds of years. Join in this discussion and find out if he succeeds. This clip is the second in a series of two.

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Understanding science fiction

What if ...? This is one of the fundamental questions a writer asks, and it's the question that science fiction specialises in imagining. In this clip, explore the science fiction genre and learn more about the questions it poses. Listen as two experts discuss their interpretations of the meaning of science fiction.

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Cows, crops and bulbous lumps

How do you convince people that studying agriculture was the highlight of your school career? Good writers will consciously shape their text to suit their audience and purpose. Listen to Alexandra Neill's Heywire audio story to explore her successful range of strategies. Could you write or record a story about yourself ...

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Modernism and Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway'

Mrs Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf is a modernist novel. What makes it so? Think of how it contrasts with Edwardian and even 19th century novels. How does consciousness, or internal reality, as well as multiple perspectives play a part in modernist literature like 'Mrs Dalloway'?

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The power of speech

Examine speech as performance in this collection. Investigate the use of rhetorical devices as you watch these videos of speakers, who range from Winston Churchill to Josh Thomas. In most instances, a rhetorical device is identified in each clip, but each clip may hold more than one device. See the PDF at panel 13 for a ...

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Macbeth: are you a man or a mouse?

Let's get inside the devious mind of Lady Macbeth! Bell Shakespeare's Kate Mulvany and John Bell explore the methods Lady Macbeth uses to manipulate her husband. This delightfully despicable character knows just which buttons to press! Listen in on the conversation with James Evans and see for yourself.

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Shakespeare Unbound

Shakespeare doesn’t get any better than this. Actors from Australia’s famous Bell Shakespeare Company, including Artistic Director John Bell, present key scenes from six of Shakespeare’s best-known works before joining conversations to dissect the playwright’s use of character, plot and language. Custom-made for Australian ...