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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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Powerful poets in performance

Imagine a child being handed a rifle instead of a toy. People who have grown up in Australia sometimes don't appreciate the struggles faced by people in other parts of the world. This electrifying performance by Abe Nouk gives an insight into the traumatic lives of child soldiers and the redemptive nature of love. Abe reveals ...

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Ballad of the 'Grunter Hunter'

Watch Chelsea Just perform her poem about a time her family's farm was visited by a feral pig shooter whom she nicknamed the Grunter Hunter! In the style of an Australian bush ballad, Chelsea shares her dog's hilarious and unexpected reaction to the unwelcome visitor. Her performance and description of the Grunter Hunter ...

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Where image matters the most

'The awful things we do to pursue what gorgeous is.' With these dramatic words, Mark Lloyd concludes his powerful performance poem exploring the issue of body image. His emotive delivery and strong imagery highlight the impact that words can have when used by bullies or by those who stand against them.

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Putting it in perspective - unit of work

This unit of work explores point of view in narrative. Students explore two meanings of the term 'point of view': personal point of view and narrative point of view. They learn about first-person and third-person omniscient point of view in narrative, and differentiate between 'narrator' and 'author'. Students then bring ...

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Using 'Grandma Pickleberry's Cold' to teach recount writing in Foundation and Year 1

In this resource, students use the text ‘Grandma Pickleberry’s Cold’ to help them recount the events that have occurred into beginning, middle and end. The teacher then models how to write a recount, before allowing the students to do their own (with some scaffolding approaches included). This resource is a follow up to ...

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The writer's craft

This collection of ten digital curriculum resources focuses on prominent Australian writers speaking about their craft. The writers discuss what they consider to be essential ingredients for creating successful works, including research, discipline, authenticity, memory and imagination. The items cover the perspectives ...

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Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

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'Father', 2007

This is a short animated film made in 2007 about a boy trying to understand his father, a post-World War II refugee from Lithuania. His father is mainly silent and difficult to understand when he does speak. He is a heavy drinker who leaves the family when the narrator is 15. The animation begins and ends with an expression ...

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'My Mother Told Me', 2007

This is a short black-and-white and colour film about the impact of cultural dislocation on identity examined through a young woman's desperate quest to make sense of her life, both past and present. The first clip explores the mother's life and family in Cambodia before and during the war using archival photos and moving ...

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'Pacifica: Tales from the South Seas' - episode 1, 1993

These are two clips of television documentary footage describing the effect that the arrival of missionaries had upon traditional ways of living on Cook Island. It also includes a story about the survival of fishermen on a boat from Kiribati that was lost at sea but after three months, safely returned home. The clips come ...

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'The Rosie Project' and writing comedy

Do you agree with the view that comedy is the hardest genre to write? The comedy writer must repeatedly create expectations before surprising the reader with unanticipated but viable outcomes. In this clip, listen to members of the First Tuesday Book Club discuss Graham Simsion's romantic comedy novel 'The Rosie Project' ...

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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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Richard Flanagan - being a courageous writer

Whether we realise it or not, we are all storytellers. Every day we compose text messages, write emails or tell stories to friends and family. Yet when we are asked to write a story and share it with others, many of us find the process terrifying. This can sometimes be the case for published authors too. In this clip, discover ...

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Life-changing moments: from basketball to guitar

Sometimes devastating events have a silver lining. Brendon Reynolds's life changed completely after a major injury during a basketball game. Hear how as you listen to his Heywire audio story.<br /><br />Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition calls for stories ...

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Place as medicine

Many people feel a strong sense of connection to a particular place. The importance of this connection can't be underestimated. In her Heywire audio story, Nicolette Worth recounts how lost she was until she found a place to truly call home.<br /><br />To talk with someone about anxiety or depression visit www.headspace.org.au ...

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Tragic love triangle in 'The Great Gatsby'

Who will Daisy Buchanan choose when she finds herself torn between the love of two men in F Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic novel, 'The Great Gatsby'? Draw on the discussion in this audio clip to improve your skills in developing character in creative writing. The clip from 'Books and arts daily' on Radio National is one ...

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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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Leaving home, leaving yourself

Leaving the only home you've ever known can be tough. For Janet Brown, it led to a serious case of depression. Although she was able to work through this, for a time Janet felt that she had lost everything, including herself. In her Heywire story Janet constructs a powerful image of her condition.<br /><br />To talk with ...

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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.