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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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Young people and hearing impairment: school life

This clip shows students discussing experiences that have affected their ability to hear in the classroom and the strategies used to assist communication at school. They explain that peers at school are not always aware of their hearing impairment and express frustration that peers sometimes use the hearing technologies ...

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Young people and hearing impairment: challenges

This clip shows young people with hearing impairments discussing some of the challenges they face. The difficulty of caring for hearing equipment and the limits to its effectiveness in noisy situations is mentioned. Several students reveal the effects of teasing and bullying at school and their subsequent hurt and withdrawal. ...

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Young people and hearing impairment: social life

This clip shows young people talking about some of the social aspects of living with hearing impairment. Topics covered include peer networks and the support and recreational services accessed. They also share communication strategies that are critical to their participation in recreational pursuits. This clip provides ...

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The keys to clearer explanations

G'day cobber! Are you a true-blue, dinky-di Aussie? Australian slang can be quite bewildering for anyone who is new to this country and even for those who've lived here quite a while. In this clip Professor Kate Burridge explores how to use verbal and non-verbal language to explain difficult concepts.

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Public speaking

How do you feel about making a speech in public? If you think it's pretty scary you're not alone. Find out ways to make speaking in public easier. See how some students have gone about it, using the movie 'The King's Speech' as inspiration.

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Cult novels and their characters

A cult novel is one that holds special status for certain readers. Generally, cult novels are those that are passionately loved by a small group of people. In this clip, discover why author Markus Zusak's favourite cult novel is 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller.

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To curtsey or not to curtsey?

Newspapers had a field day when the Queen visited Australia in 2011. Prime Minister Julia Gillard chose to bow to her, while the Governor General, Quentin Bryce AC CVO, curtseyed instead. This Q&A clip explores several perspectives on this event. Note how each panellist's non-verbal language reflects their attitude toward ...

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Crocodiles, jellyfish and self-expression

Have you ever sat through a classmate's oral presentation and nearly fallen asleep in the middle of it? Often this is because the speaker isn't using their voice in a way that gets your attention and keeps you interested. In this Heywire audio story, explore how Alpha Capaque, a young woman from the Northern Territory, ...

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Awesome interviews

Interviews are an important aspect of any news story. As Triple J's Sophie McNeill reveals in this clip, a good interview takes a lot of planning. You can't just grab anyone off the street and interview them! Learn more about effective interviews from a reporter in the field.

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Sentencing 'The Book Thief'

People can express their opinions and attitudes in ways other than words. In this clip, join in the discussion about Markus Zusak's popular novel 'The Book Thief', and explore how verbal and non-verbal cues can add emphasis to your speech.

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Wombat stew. Integrated program

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in going on a Wombat walk to collect rubbish, investigating animal habitats, creating an Australian animals alphabet frieze, creating animal number stories, exploring vocabulary, making Wombat soup, discussing safe and unsafe situations, developing a news ...

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Wombat stew: word work. English

Using vocabulary from Wombat Stew and Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words, lessons involve children in classifying long and short words, counting syllables in words, blending and segmenting cvc words beginning with /k/ and /w/, learning strategies for reading and spelling words and creating tongue twisters.

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Manga maker: skiing: assessment

Test your understanding of how text, onomatopoeia and visual elements fit together to create a manga about skiing. 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 maker: birthday cake: assessment

Test your understanding of how text, onomatopoeia and visual elements fit together to create a manga about a birthday party. 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 ...

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The Great Depression - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea describes how students explored a range of digital and other resources to develop their understanding of the Depression and its effects in Australia. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Life in the Great Depression - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea uses film and firsthand accounts of the Great Depression to help students empathise with people who lived through this difficult period. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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The power of protest - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how digital resources were used to scaffold students into using language to make a difference. Students produced protest letters on various issues which were published in the local newspaper, enhancing the authenticity of the task. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Painting the Town - A Film About Yosl Bergner, 1987: Anti-fascist exhibition

This clip discusses an anti-fascist art exhibition held in Adelaide and Melbourne in 1942, shows examples from the exhibition and then focuses on examples of Yosl Bergner's work depicting Indigenous Australians. The narration explains that the exhibition was a response to the devastation of war and the persecution of Jews ...

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The Sharkcallers of Kontu, 1982: History

This clip shows a Papua New Guinean man giving an account of the colonial history of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. Interviewed in the village of Kontu, he remembers the brutality of the Germans, illustrated by graphic black-and-white photographs of punishments. 'The English' are described as being arrogant and uncivilised, ...