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The Language of Connection- A resource for Global Education

This resource is for teachers of English, from Years 7-10, focusing on the identification and practice of the language of connection. It provides language activities which can be embedded in existing units of work, as well as individual units of work.

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Michael Gow on dealing with loss

Have you ever pretended that everything was fine when in fact you were feeling sad, upset or angry? Several characters in Away pretend that everything is fine even as they battle with great losses. Does Michael Gow, the playwright, think this is a good way of dealing with loss? What are his thoughts on this issue and what ...

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Changing the ending with Michael Gow

Have you ever watched a play or read a book and been dissatisified with the ending? Michael Gow talks about how he changed the ending to his play Away once and how angry his audience was. What do you think about authors and playwrights re-writing their stories and plays to give them different endings?

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SMART Notebook: Representation

An IWB resource that focuses on the definitions of representation and how families are represented in a variety of media and social contexts. It examines how families are represented in popular TV programs and advertising. This resource supports the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Do teenagers make good heroes?

Watch this clip as Michael Gow explains why he chose two teenagers as protagonists in his play, Away. How important is it for you to empathise with the main characters in a play, and why?

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Worlds

Worlds is a unit of work based on the English Stage 6 area of study that can be used as an ideal introduction for students in years 10 or 11. It contains four independent resources, Worlds united, Worlds apart, Worlds collide and Worlds beyond. Each part has three texts to help students examine and explore the area of study ...

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Worlds united

Worlds united is part of the unit Worlds, and is also an independent resource that can be used as an ideal introduction to the area of study for students in years 9 or 10. Worlds united explores the ways worlds are drawn together, sharing common goals and actions in the experiences of everyday life. It has activities and ...

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Worlds beyond

Worlds beyond is part of the unit Worlds, and is also an independent resource that can be used as an ideal introduction to the area of study for students in years 9 or 10. Worlds beyond explores ideas and perspectives underlying future societies and the impact of technology on individuals. It has activities and tasks using ...

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Worlds apart

Worlds apart is part of the unit Worlds, and is also an independent resource that can be used as an ideal introduction to the area of study for students in years 10. Worlds apart explores the ways in which individuals and communities, through their different values and attitudes, react to change. It has activities and tasks ...

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Worlds collide

Worlds collide is part of the unit Worlds, and is also an independent resource that can be used as an ideal introduction to the area of study for students in years 9 or 10. Worlds collide explores some of the different attitudes and value judgements between communities and individuals. It has activities and tasks using ...

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Cartoons

This resource is for Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5 and introduces the purpose and features of cartoons. It includes information slides showing examples of different types of cartoons and interactive questions to test students' understanding of the content covered.

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Finding 'closure' in Michael Gow's Away

What does it mean to 'find closure'? Characters in Michael Gow's Away struggle with accepting unpleasant truths and letting go of the past. Coral finds closure when she finally accepts her son's death. How is this symbolised in the play?

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Tom Keneally's story worth telling

Stories can entertain and educate, and challenge our way of thinking. How do you think The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith does all this? Keep in mind that the book was published in 1972, five years after the 1967 Referendum.

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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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Poster art

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about posters as media art. It includes sections on the purpose and core elements of posters, the use of health campaigns to raise awareness of health issues, the use of public health posters to address health issues of the day, and different presentations of malaria health ...

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Margaret Mead's perspective on parenting, 1973

Do you think society's attitudes towards marriage and parenting change over time? Do you share the same views about these things as your grandparents or great-grandparents? In this clip, made in 1973 and featuring anthropologist Dr Margaret Mead, explore some of the factors that influence the way you view parenting. Reflect ...

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Reporting fiction as fact

Have you ever made a statement in one of your school assignments without checking the facts? It's no big deal, right? It's just a little fact � Well, sometimes not checking little facts can cause big problems!

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Memory in 'My Place'

Sally Morgan's autobiography, 'My Place', recounts the experiences of the author, her mother and her grandmother. Why do the panellists in this video think it is such an important book? What issues does it address?

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What if Indigenous Australians were the majority?

Imagine an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples made up the vast majority of the population. See Bidjara artist Michael Cook discussing his most recent exhibition, 'Majority Rule', which is based upon this engaging 'what if' question.

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Difference Differently: media madness

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore how and why the Australian news media represents different cultural, social and religious groups. It explores media texts to see how language and literary devices, such as inference and emotive language, can be used to influence readers’ perceptions ...