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Why do we love to read comics and cartoons?

Do you like to read comics or watch animated cartoons on TV? How about animated superhero films? What do you think people like about these comics and animations? Listen to Michael Cathcart talk with comics buff Jason Chatfield about they like to read in comics. See if you agree with them.

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Graphic novels as the 21st-century comic book

Find out about comic books, those action-packed stories full of colourful illustrations. You used to only find comic books in newsagencies but now they're also in bookshops and libraries. These types of comics are called graphic novels. Discover why they are all the rage.

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Creating cartoons

The resource focuses on discussing, analysing and explaining a variety of cartoons in a variety of print and digital texts. It will enhance visual literacy skills in a range of media texts. Students have the opportunity to create cartoons to share with others. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

Have you ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and wondered where it came from? That was the case for Michael Leunig, well-known Australian cartoonist, writer, artist and philosopher. Sometimes ideas come to us in abstract ways, as symbols. In this audio clip, Leunig explains the symbolism behind his now famous 'direction-finding ...

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The serious side of comics

Poetry, plays, novels � and comic books? In the past, writers and illustrators of graphic novels have struggled to have their work taken seriously. More recently, the tides might just have turned. Judge for yourself whether this form of text deserves a little more respect than it's been getting. This clip is one in a series ...

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The comic tale of graphic novels

Comic books have a long and diverse history. Despite this, many people don't see comics as 'real' literature. In this clip, learn more about the origins of popular visual narratives and consider their evolution to the powerful graphic novels of today. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Going into battle for graphic novels

Many readers love comic books and graphic novels. According to the four graphic novelists in this discussion, not everybody shares this enthusiasm! As you listen to their discussion, consider how the language we use in everyday conversations can work to judge and even disempower others. This clip is one in a series of four.

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What's so special about graphic novels?

Graphic novels are a contemporary literary phenomenon. But what sets them apart from other forms of narrative, such as novels or films? Explore the unique features of the graphic novel in this discussion with some of Australia's most successful graphic novelists. This clip is one in a series of four.

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The comic book comes of age

Once dismissed as purely for kids, comics have attained a new status of respectability. Graphic novels now fill the shelves of libraries and bookshops across Australia. But why this sudden change in attitude? Learn more about the rise of the graphic novel in this clip.

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Manga professional: don't do that 2

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a family car trip with an exciting finish. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a brother and sister ...

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Manga professional: be careful 2

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a skiing 'trip'. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about young samurai fighters in origami hats. This ...

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Manga professional: an important day 2

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a postman's surprise. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a birthday party with a messy ending. This ...

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Manga maker: samurai: assessment

Test your understanding of how text, onomatopoeia and visual elements fit together to create a manga called 'Samurai'. Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. Explore elements of manga comics such as story-lines, characters, colours, text and bubbles. Then choose the dialogue and 'sound words' to complete ...

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Manga professional: don't do that 1

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a family car trip with an exciting finish. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a brother and sister ...

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Manga professional: be careful 1

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a skiing 'trip'. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about young samurai fighters in origami hats. This ...

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Manga professional: an important day 1

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a postman's surprise. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a birthday party with a messy ending. This ...

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Behind the scenes

This is a resource that focuses on video interviews with artists and staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), featuring teenagers as interviewees. Specific sections of each video can be located through browsing a hierarchy of Interview (subject and title), Topic and Question. This resource features interviews with Pixar's ...

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Doing science investigations: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide that provides an overview of lessons covering the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science for years 7 to 10. It includes worksheets and assessment suggestions. The resource supports teachers to enable students develop the skills necessary to complete their own open-ended ...

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Doing science investigations: student guide

This is a student guide that contains information and hands-on inquiry activities for the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science for years 7 to 10. It includes scaffolding in the form of worksheets to support the choice of investigation question and planning, conducting and evaluating a student ...

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Syllabus bites: Visual literacy

A resource with information, study guides and resources on visual literacy to support the English K-10 Australian Curriculum in English. It provides a series of activities, guidelines and tasks about visual texts from a variety of sources. Contains writing scaffolds, templates and proformas for responding and composing ...