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The spoken word: Rap artist Sage Francis

What role do social issues play in popular music? While some rap music glorifies 'gangster' culture, many artists use it to express their views about things that concern them. One such artist is Sage Francis. In this clip, discover how this rap battle champion uses his art to explore important and controversial social issues.

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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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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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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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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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Exploring symbolism in Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis'

Since its publication in 1915, Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' has troubled and delighted readers all over the world. It tells the story of Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find himself mysteriously transformed into a giant insect. What could this all mean? In this clip, a range of responses to this question ...

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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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Exploring short stories - The Necklace

This short story resource features a short story by Guy de Maupassant. Students look at the structure and narrative features as they listen to the story. Language focus includes direct and indirect speech and character development through dialogue. Students compose alternative endings and write a script using the free software, ...

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Engaging with poetry - modern poems

This resource focuses on modern poetry from a range of contemporary source. Students have the opportunity to learn about how language forms and features of a selection of modern poems. They explore how composers use language, rhythm and imagery to engage their audience and the ways in which imaginative texts can explore ...

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Engaging with poetry - odes

This resource focuses on a selection of odes. Students have the opportunity to learn about how language forms and features of odes, how composers use language, rhythm and imagery to engage their audience and the ways in which imaginative texts can explore and express emotion and feeling. Students have the opportunity to ...

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Gary Crew and the role of objects

In some stories, writers use particular objects as symbols. In other stories, writers use objects as tools to help them shape their narrative. What does Gary Crew say about the meaning of the ring in Strange Objects? What is its purpose within the story?

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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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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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Tension in the air

In this Heywire audio story, explore how Marguerite Donaldson builds tension as she recounts a nerve-wracking incident that happened while she was flying one day. Find out what this incident has revealed to her and how she shares her thoughts. Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? ...

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Joan London's 'Gilgamesh': a literary journey

Imagine undertaking a journey to eastern Europe at the start of World War II. This amazing tale of a young single mother from rural Western Australia is the plot of Joan London's novel 'Gilgamesh'. In this clip, explore the motif of the journey in literature. It will help if you are familiar with the novel.

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Laptop wrap: Persuasive Writing

A resource with a focus on persuasive writing with information, links and activities. Includes a list of print, digital and other resources needed to teach the unit. This resource supports the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' is a dystopian novel set in the fictional Republic of Gilead. What are some hallmarks of dystopian novels? What are some similarities and differences between this novel and another dystopian novel mentioned in this video, Orwell's '1984'?

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The secrets to Paul Jennings's success

Imagine being a best-selling author who receives 5000 fan letters a year! That's what it's like for Paul Jennings, one of Australia's most successful children's authors. But what makes Jennings's books so loved by children around the world? In this clip, learn that knowing your audience is key to an author's success.

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Playing with devices in 'The Rosie Project'

Do you dislike knowing the ending of a story before it begins, or do you skip straight to the end? In this clip, panellists on the First Tuesday Book Club discuss the technique of engaging the reader in a story that has an obvious conclusion. They also discuss how the author of 'The Rosie Project' uses complex literary ...

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Digging into the Stanza Stones

Imagine having your poetry carved in stone. What would you write? British artist Pip Hall carved six poems by Simon Armitage in rocks found in 'quiet, poetic corners of the landscape' between the towns of Marsden and Ilkley in northern England. Listen as Mr Armitage describes this unique project, known as Stanza Stones.