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Reading between the lines: developing skills to analyse political cartoons

In this unit of work students consider how cartoonists work by identifying a number of key elements that exist in good political cartoons. Students are provided with examples of the best political cartoons from the National Museum of Australia's 2007 'Behind the Lines' political cartooning exhibition and the national schools ...

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True, real, compelling: the power of a story

This is a compilation of four teaching sequences about the power of stories. It includes sections on the elements that make stories powerful; their impacts on the reader; how a story of a woman who is HIV-positive can be communicated; HIV AIDS in South Africa; effective ways of telling stories; how stories can communicate ...

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Through a child's eye: an especially joyous exhibition of mandalas

This is a presentation of seven slides displaying a small exhibition of children's stories, related drawings and background information about mandalas. The stories and drawings illustrate selected fables as an expression of Buddhist teachings. The presentation was created as a result of an art project to commemorate the ...

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Waste not want not: How are our lifestyles shaping and changing the planet?

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 8 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 will explore how the concept of rubbish, garbage or ...

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Protest: The world as it is, the world as it could be

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 10 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. While each learning sequence can be used independently, sequences ...

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Patterns

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year F 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 examines patterns in literature and language, with ...

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Dreaming of mackerel fishing

Elspeth Davey is not your typical teenager. She grew up on her parents' mackerel fishing boat in the Gulf of Carpentaria before heading off to boarding school, and she's always known that she wanted a life on the sea. In her presentation, filled with the sights and sounds of the world around her, Elspeth reflects on her ...

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Make up your own stories

Find out how four common story types, or plots, have each been worked into some very different and well-known folk tales. Create your own story, using one of these story types. Choose from a selection of characters and backgrounds. Print out your finished story.

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Let's draw

Students explore drawing through a guided illustration with illustrator Aura Parker and one of her characters from the 2019 Premier's Reading Challenge Poster.

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Stories without words

Learn how Australian story-teller, artist and academy award winner, Shaun Tan uses emotive illustrations to tell a story. You will also create your own character and tell a story using illustration.

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Illustration style with Ann James

Children's book illustrator Ann James looks at the different styles of art she creates for different books.

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Ann James becoming an illustrator

Ann James tells us about how she got started as a children's book illustrator.

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Making illustrations with Craig Smith

Illustrator Craig Smith discusses the ideas and thinking that goes into an illustration. He demonstrates crosshatching with pen and ink.

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Writing from the fringe

Imagine a mysterious island with a wild, rugged landscape and a history of tragedy and hardship. But it is also an island of unrivalled beauty with a purity of nature rarely found today. Sound like something out of a novel? Well, it's Tasmania and it has inspired the writing of many novels, not the least of which are those ...

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Creative block: the art of getting unblocked

Lorelei Vashti has a book deal with a publisher. Now, if she could only write the book! This is a story about one writer's inability to write her book, told through another medium - digital storytelling - using the beautiful illustrations of artist Grace Lee. Oh, and there is a talking dog! This clip was taken from a series ...

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It's all in the tone

Feel the effect of David Martyr's skilful use of tone in this Heywire audio story of life in a mining camp. How does he create it, and what is its effect on how we respond to his subject matter? Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition calls for stories ...

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Talking dino - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Select a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. ...

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Making art with Kevin Burgemeestre

Artist Kevin Burgemeestre introduces illustrating using layers like a puppet theatre. What do you need to start making your own 3D pictures?

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Advertising for love

In 1875, when Edward William Cole was in need of a wife, he did the practical thing: he advertised for one. Mr Cole owned what was, in its time, regarded as the largest bookstore in the world, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne. In this clip, Aden Rolfe tells a quirky Australian love story, using digital media and illustrations ...

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Finding friends in literature

Is it important to like characters in a book you're reading? If so, why? If not, why not? Watch as Leigh Hobbs explains why he thinks people like the character of Old Tom in his book, The Big Book of Old Tom.