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Personal peace

This is a compilation of four teaching sequences about personal peace. It includes sections on peaceful thoughts; peace poems; peace and conflict; and children in other places and their experiences of peace and conflict. The section on children in other places and their experiences enables places people live in and belong ...

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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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Seven billion people, seven billion stories: What makes a compelling life story?

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 9 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 gives students experiences of listening to, viewing ...

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Books as a source of debate

Imagine a world destroyed by cataclysm, where you were left to wander through an ash-coated landscape populated by thieves, murderers and even cannibals. That's the vision offered by Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel 'The road'. Dystopian fiction can often be bleak and pessimistic in terms of the view of humanity it offers readers. ...

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Teaching Aboriginal languages in schools

Would you like to learn another language? This audio recording features a number of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians discussing both the teaching of Aboriginal languages in schools and the benefits that this teaching offers all Australians.

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Going into battle for graphic novels

Many readers love comic books and graphic novels. According to the four graphic novelists in this discussion, not everybody shares this enthusiasm! As you listen to their discussion, consider how the language we use in everyday conversations can work to judge and even disempower others. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Powerful words: Gough Whitlam's dismissal

Gough Whitlam is the only Australian prime minister to have been sacked from office - along with his entire government. After learning of his dismissal, Mr Whitlam addressed the Australian public and uttered a line that has resonated throughout Australian politics since 1975. Words can be immensely powerful and, as you ...

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An interview with author Shaun Tan

Award winning Australian author and illustrator of books including The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival and The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan, talks to Jane Hutcheon about winning an Academy Award, creating books, realistic stories, points of view and stories that don't necessarily have happy endings.

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Social satire: David Williamson's 'After the Ball'

Imagine having your family history played out on stage for audiences to experience. That's what happened with David Williamson, whose 1997 play 'After the Ball' is based on his own childhood. However, Williamson is known for his keen-eyed depiction of Australian society. In this clip, explore the motivations behind this ...

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Judging utopia: using language to evaluate

Have you ever dreamed of living in a perfect world? Many authors have imagined such utopian worlds in their writing. But would we all agree on what makes a perfect world? In this clip, explore how language can reveal people's judgements of others' ideas.

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Is 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' a "perfect" book?

What makes 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' by Mark Haddon such a "perfect" book for many of the panellists? If you have read the book, do you agree? If you haven't read the book, do you think you would feel the same way as the panellists based on how they've decribed the book? When you think of your ...

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Solving 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time'

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' is described by the panellists as part quest and part detective novel. How do they explain this? What are the two 'cases' that the narrator and protagonist 'solves' in the novel, whether deliberately or inadvertently? What is the effect of having the reader know more than ...

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The value of Shakespeare

Many of us are resistant to studying the works of William Shakespeare but we use Shakespearean language every day. In this clip, explore young writer Kate Tempest's passion for Shakespeare and hear her recite her poem referencing many of his words and phrases that are still in common usage today.

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Rethinking drinking alcohol

'High Sobriety', a book that journalist Jill Stark wrote about her experiences after deciding to stop drinking, provoked a lively discussion on the First Tuesday Book Club. All panellists were affected by the work. Have any books changed your life or made you question your beliefs and behaviour?

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Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis': perfect fiction?

Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' is a classic of modernist literature. Explore why this novel continues to fascinate people 100 years after it was published. Jennifer Byrne leads the discussion with critics and writers Andy Griffiths, Toni Jordan, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger.

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Julia Gillard addresses misogyny in parliament

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard's 2012 address to Parliament, in which she described the Federal Opposition's criticism of her support for controversial politician Peter Slipper as being misogynistic, proved to be one her most memorable. The speech went viral and was reported widely in international media, scoring over ...

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The influence of context on our reading choices

Explore the concept of the cult novel. In this clip, listen to a Jennifer Byrne Presents panel discussion about the factors that influence our appreciation of books and about how our appreciation of books changes over time.

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Storyline Online: Lotus and feather by Ji-Li Jiang

A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and without friends. A hunter’s bullet left Feather, a crane, injured and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! The bird dances to the girl’s reed whistle, much to the ...

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Storyline Online: Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona – “Grandma Witch” – is the source for potions, cures, magic and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical ever-full pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden, but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony ...

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Storyline Online: Sophie's masterpiece by Eileen Spinelli

Sophie's no ordinary house spider. She's an artist; and every web she spins is more wondrous than the one before. But don't mention that to the guests at Beekman's Boardinghouse, because they don't like spiders. This series of videos features illustrated stories read aloud by well-known US based actors supported by the ...