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Jessica's career in mining

In this Heywire clip from 2011, note how Jessica Faustini constructs her argument in favour of coalmining in Australia. Investigate her use of persuasive techniques in this picture story, which is accompanied by voice-over and sound effects from Jessica's working environment. Could you write or record a similar story about ...

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Introductory food vocabulary

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets for the Italian language curriculum focusing on what foods and drinks people like most, eat at mealtimes, and buy and cook, and on common instructions in recipes. It introduces the words for many foods and drinks, and words and expressions used for mealtimes. ...

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Rooms and furniture

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets for the Italian language curriculum that focuses on how to describe rooms, furniture and family activities and to say where common objects are using adverbs such as 'davanti' and 'dietro' and prepositions such as 'su' and 'tra'. It provides opportunities ...

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Shakespeare sweated it!

Ben Jonson, a 17th-century playwright and critic, said of Shakespeare that 'a great poet is not just born, but made'. Enjoy this discussion between Phillip Adams and John Bell, Australian actor and director of the Bell Shakespeare company. They explore soliloquies, authorship and why Shakespeare came to be considered the ...

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Who wants to be a journo?

Learn about being a journalist in this clip from Triple J Hack journalist Sophie McNeill. As you watch, consider the way the clip has been constructed to promote journalism as a career choice to a particular audience.

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The story of 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton

What do the words of 'Waltzing Matilda' mean and where did they come from? Find out about 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton, the town where Banjo Paterson wrote his ballad. Discover what the song means to the town today.

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The present perfect

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets for the Italian language curriculum that introduces the present perfect of regular and irregular verbs, and its use in recounting recent events. It includes sections on regular verbs with 'avere', irregular past participles, verbs with 'essere' and reflexive ...

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Hitting the funny bone with comedian Josh Thomas

Josh Thomas is one of Australia's favourite comedians. What is it about his routines that keep his audience in stitches? Sit back and have a giggle as you investigate the nature of humour in this clip.

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Building the Sydney Opera House

Construction of the Sydney Opera House began in 1959. The Opera House was intended to be more than a building; it was meant to be a landmark that would put Sydney on the world map as a centre of culture. In this short, silent clip, discover some of the work that went into constructing this huge, unique and very complex building.

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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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Sydney Opera House: construction launch

In what ways can a building reflect the aspirations of the society around it? The design and construction of the Sydney Opera House took place between 1957 and 1973. This short, silent clip shows part of the ceremony marking the commencement of the building's construction. This was a period of political and economic transition, ...

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Book Review

This resource provides advice to students on how to present a three-minute book review, with advice on how to write the review, and how to present it orally.

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Clothes

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets for the Italian language curriculum that introduces how to name and describe basic items of clothing, and how to say what someone is wearing using the verbs 'portare' and 'indossare'. It focuses on the use of definite and indefinite articles (inclusive ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5 and Year 6 English

This unit of work focuses on the influences that impact on safe behaviours in and around tracks, platforms and trains. Guided activities build students' rail safety vocabulary including grammar and word building. Modelled writing activities support students to shape a research-based inquiry investigating factors that impact ...

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At home in the country

What is the best thing about living on a farm out in the countryside? What is the worst? How does where you live make you the person you are today? Listen to Jane Gould from Boort, finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people, talk of the connectedness she feels to the land on which she lives.

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Cows, crops and bulbous lumps

How do you convince people that studying agriculture was the highlight of your school career? Good writers will consciously shape their text to suit their audience and purpose. Listen to Alexandra Neill's Heywire audio story to explore her successful range of strategies. Could you write or record a story about yourself ...

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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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Exploring the skills of a radio presenter

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a DJ at a radio station? Watch this clip to find out about a bunch of young people who are doing just that. While you're watching, we'll explore some of the skills you might need to present your own radio show.

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Activity: down with waste home challenge

This is a web resource that provides a student activity about waste reduction with a teacher guide describing the three key aspects of the activity: researching the environmental and social benefits of recycling and home composting and writing a short persuasive piece about reducing the waste sent to landfill; carrying ...

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Activity: Australia's water future communication project

This is a web resource about water issues in Australia that provides a student activity accompanied by a teacher guide. The activity requires students to identify water issues that may affect Australia in the future, describe their possible effects and develop a presentation about these issues. A student worksheet provides ...