HSC Standard Module A Elective 2: The distinctively visual world of Vertigo
Kerri-Jane Burke proves how interesting this novel Vertigo by Australian author Amanda Lohrey is to teach, offering an overview balanced with close reading.
TS Eliot: Modernism and Religion in The Waste Land, Ash Wednesday and The Hollow Men
Rogan Jacobson analyses TS Eliot’s poems focusing on religion and modernism. The Hollow Men is a prescribed poem for Module B Advanced.
Discovery in Advertising
Mel Dixon offers a lesson to use for the Area of Study Discovery.
Language devices in Hamlet
David Strange’s example of language devices in Hamlet are connected to meaning and effect, providing a model for students.
By the River: Innovative techniques and the verse novel form
Kate O’Connor’s reading of Herrick’s verse novel as experimental fiction offers an excellent example of locating complexity in a simple text.
Contemporary poetry as a stimulus for imaginative writing for the new Area of Study Discovery: ‘Pitihaya’ by US poet Craig Arnold
Tony Britten presents ways of teaching poetry to stimulate imaginative writing on Discovery in the classroom focusing on the poem ‘Pitihaya’.
Seeing Frankenstein and Blade Runner through different eyes
Mel Dixon traces the motif of eyes in Frankenstein and Blade Runner and shows how a close reading lends itself to a contextual comparison.
Prosody and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’
David Strange demonstrates how important metre is in supporting the themes of Sonnets of the Portuguese.
Great Expectations and the language of Belonging
Julie Wilson shows how close study of the language of Dickens enhances our understanding of Belonging in the text.
Challenging your students through film: a unit for stage 5
Dianne Bond uses TropFest, Hollywood and Bollywood films to teach Stage 5 students film appreciation.
Reviews: Short story collection: David Malouf: The complete stories by David Malouf; Novels: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner; That Untravelled World by Ian Reid Play: The Secret River by Kate Grenv...
2014 Issue 2
This issue has great hints for all year levels. For this year's HSC find: Hamlet, Frankenstein/Bladerunner, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Great Expectations. Some ideas for the new HSC: Discovery, Vert...
2014 Issue 1
In this issue : interview with Melissa Harrison author of Clay (Advanced Module C); articles on metacognition, online games and race, Discovery, Animal Farm and digital storytelling research.
Interview with Melissa Harrison author of Clay
Tony Britten uses the Module C framework to interview Melissa Harrison author of the author of Clay a Module C text.
Constructions of Race in online games
Helen Young shows how online games perpetuate stereotypes of race.
Metacognition, self-regulation and the new NSW syllabus
Michelle Bannister-Tyrell and Deidre Clary give and overview of some metacognitive approaches and how to adapt these to the classroom.
Try this: Identity/Discovery
Mel Dixon shares a lesson that can work for an identity or Discovery unit.
Old tricks, New tricks
Sharon Jones and Alex Wharton share some tried and true lesson ideas for the classroom.
Using poetry to explore the concept of discovery
Michael Murray applies the Discovery rubric to unpack Hopkins’ poetry.
Using Additional texts in the HSC: History and Memory and Discovery
Derek Peat introduces some interesting texts that can be used for History and Memory and Discovery .
Shakespeare shouldn’t be taught in schools
Phil Thomson in the UK delivers a provocative challenge to teachers of Shakespear e in this blog.
Animal Farm for all learners
Stefanie Lia shows how to scaffold teaching a canonical text, Animal Farm, to average students, using clear lessons.
Fostering Creativity through Digital Storytelling
Peta Gresham writes about research she conducted with her students on digital storytelling.
Novels: Run by Tim Sinclair; Writing: Dear Writer revisited: The classic guide to writing fiction by Carmel Bird; Poetry: Australian Love Poems 2013 e dited by Mark Tredinnick; Drama : The Voices Pro...
2013 Issue 4
In issue 4, find discussion and lessons on: Interactive narratives; Macbeth; Ten Canoes; The Black Balloon ; using Edmodo creatively; Conflicting Perspectives; Integrating grammar into programs; and ...
Mike Jones places interactive narratives on the continuum of storytelling.
Libraries, Ebooks audiobooks and BYOD
Darcy Moore extends our understanding of new ways of reading.
Emma Le Marquand proves that Ten Canoes has a lot to offer for the classroom as a film and a cultural experience.
Macbeth: classroom ideas
Rachel Wells offers some interesting lessons on Macbeth creating links with contemporary student worlds.
The Language of conflicting perspectives
Mel Dixon looks at how a close study of language study offers insight into conflicting perspectives in The Justice Game .
Stewart Mc Gowan shares a scope and sequence and lesson plans for Year 7 showing how one school integrated grammar into their persuasion unit and novel unit on Parvanna .
The Black Balloon
Ailsa Mackerras shows how film techniques support the plot in this overview of the film The Black Balloon .
Pooled laptops and Edmodo
Steve Wallis conducts a survey of attitudes to pooled laptops . He demonstrates the creativity possible I with Edmodo by sharing a lesson and student work samples on Chinese Cinderella.
Gersha Shteyman reviews novels for: Stage 4 : General Dourakine by Comtesse de Segur and Stephanie Smee; Hatched; Shahana by Rosanne Hawke; Stage 6: Trafficked by Kim Purcell; Defending Jacob by Will...
When we freeze we die
Rogan Jacobson provides a comparative reading centred on way the protagonsits of Le Carre’s The Spy who came in from the Cold and Greene’s The Quiet American , negotiate their lives in a world after ...
Karen Yager offers lesson plans and assessment ideas for a creative classroom .
Literacy in English
Stewart Mc Gowan shows how the right questions and guidance can lead to better HSC writing.
Note making Note taking
Christopher Lindsay devises interesting lessons to develop critical skills in students, using Nim’s Island
Carla Saunders shows us one way of creating a global classroom through writing.
Romulus my Father
Pamela Cohen shares her lessons on Romulus my Father and belonging with exercises on context and chapters.
PBL in the classroom
Bianca Hewes shows just how creative PBL classes can be especially at the level of Extension.
Gersha Shteyman gives tips for creating an active novel study classroom.
Teaching Strategies from Ross Clark’s Writing Poetry Masterclass
Kerri-Jane Burke shares some creative ways of writing poetry that she learnt from the poet Ross Clark in a conference masterclass.
Teacher resources : Language Investigations ; IB Diploma course Companion ; The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels ; Year 12 English Skills ; Novels: The Maze Runner , The Scorch Trials , The Death Cure ,...
2013 Issue 3
This issue of mETAphor is filled with practical ideas for the classroom teacher. Read about Australian Miles Franklin and Kibble Awards books that you can use in the classroom, After the Bomb, PBL, c...
2013 Issue 2
This edition of mETAphor looks at creative writing, visual literacy, theoretical readings, filmmaking and lots more.
Patrick White’s The Aunt’s Story
Professor of Australian Literature Robert Dixon offers a Lacanian reading of Patrick White’s modernist novel The Aunt’s Story.
The Art of English: Art and Literacy
Susie May from the National Gallery of Victoria demonstrates just how powerful art can be in stimulating creativity with sample student responses.
Authentic Teaching in the English Studies classroom
Chrissy Payne shares some strategies she uses to encourage students to stimulate engagement in the English Studies classroom.
HSC Imaginative Writing Paper 1
Karen Yager offers a plethora of original ideas on ways to encourage a spirit of creative writing in the HSC classroom.
Narrative and Storymaking in Education and Change
Deb Simpson uses Tim Winton to show the impact of narrative on environmental campaigns – followed by a classroom exercise b applying these ideas.
Strategies for The Simple Gift
Stefanie Lia offers practical advice on ways to help students with Herrick’s The Simple Gift
Experiment in Filmmaking
Steven Wallis shares his success with Year 8 Gifted class doing filmmaking.
Billy Elliot and Critical Pedagogy
Mel Dixon shows how critical pedagogy can give insights into the Module C standard text Billy Elliot
Teachers matter: 2013 conference
Thinking skills, teacher feedback, brain research are some of the important influences on pedagogy that are discussed by Stefanie Lia in this conference reflection with some exercises for the classro...
Student engagement with Shakespeare
Angela Rose gives insight into Shakespearean audiences in the past.
Applying literary theory in the secondary classroom
Sian Evans offers accessible definitions of theoretical perspectives and applies these to Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘Brill’ as an example.
Textbooks : Persuasive Language in Media Texts; Macmillan National English Skills; English is… 7; Media Reloaded; The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels; Year 12 English Skills– Student Workbook; Year 11 ...
Processes of Meaning
This PowerPoint presentation opens up the processes of meaning making in the discipline of English. It may be useful in mapping the subject for conceptual based programming.
2013 Issue 1
This edition of mETAphor covers a great range of topics from the practical to the intellectually engaging for Stages 4 to 6 including: Creative Writing competitions, Visual Literacy, ICT, language, an...
Australian Literature and the World Republic of Letters
Professor Robert Dixon, Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney makes a strong argument about the relationship of a national literature to world literature, locating three dist...
Is complexity a con? The false dilemma between plain language and literature
Dr Neil James argues that a plain English approach to writing does not diminish its value but enhances it.
Memories Moments and Musings about Harwood
Aaron Dewhurst and James Brown interview Dr Alison Hoddinott, academic and also friend of Gwen Harwood for insights into her poetry.
Frankenstein and Blade Runner: Creating a Master Race
Derek Peat considers how Nazism places a new slant on the Frankenstein / Blade Runner connection .
Hassle free blogging in the English Classroom
Rogan Jacobson gives some clues into ways we can use blogs in the classroom.
The Sense of an Ending: A Religious Reading of Cloudstreet
Helen Rainger offers a close reading of Cloudstreet , showing the importance of religion in the text.
SMH Young Writer of the Year 2012
Find out who won the SMH competition in each region and then read the two stories by winning SMH Young Writer of the Year, 2012, Ashleigh Mounser from Kincumber High School in the Hunter region.
Teaching the Screen
Dr Marita Bullock reminds us of the importance of the way we teach visual literacy in this review essay of the book Teaching the Screen , taking us through its strengths and weaknesses and suggesting...
Teaching Creative Writing to the Students of Rwanda
Peta Gresham and other teachers from the Kings School travelled to Rwanda for a life changing experience to teach English for the mid year break.
Read details of the SWF short story competition for years 7-10 and about the writers who are involved.
The writing of a novel.
Award winning Australian novelist, Alex Miller shares some of his sources of inspiration and gives hints on how to help students with creative writing.
Difficult Permissions: The value of engaging with controversial issues via social media in middle school English classrooms.
Cameron Hindrum from Tasmania suggests sensitive ways of dealing with controversial issues in the classroom and using social media as a platform for some discussion.
The Writer’s Creativity
Author Debra Adelaide offers some advice on writing.
Ten Years After: the revised September 11 website
Derek Peat looks at the impact of the recently revamped Smithsonian website on Module C with some close reading of some of the website pages
Aaron Dewhurst offers a new Preliminary (Year11) course outline and lesson plans looking at moral and ethical issues focusing on the TV series Crownie s.
Rites of passage
John Acutt has written a unit for Year 10 boys mirroring the critical transitional phase of adolescence and of school with writing samples and activities ready to use in the classroom.
The Dynamic nature of Module C
Bronwyn Taylor explores different ways of responding to the Smithsonian website in line with Module C aims.
Jamming with Dead Poets
Joanna Gardiner and Virginia Ayliffe have revitalized poetry teaching and constructed an exciting approach to Romanticism using modern rap poets and showing the influences of the Romantics on this mo...
Deanne Seigle-Buyat encourages students to explore the issues in The Crucible through their own classroom organisation.
Book Reviews of: Novels : Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth; The Queen’s Lady by Eve Edwards; Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry; The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga; The Testament of Jessie Lam...
2012 Issue 4
This edition of mETAphor contains several articles that emerged from the national conference.
In praise of reading: A vignette of teenagers' reading lives
Jackie Manuel shares her research on teenagers reading patterns and strategies for using this information in the classroom to develop a strong culture of reading.
Felicity Plunkett looks at the strong relationship between reading and writing and shows us ways that the one can reinforce the other.
Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012
The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012 winner and shortlist with judges’ reports appear here. The winner is Anna Funder with All that I Am . The shortlisted books are: Blood by Tony Birch, Foal’s Bre...
Teaching reading through a sense of place and writing
Felicity Castagna from Bankstown Youth Development Services has brought together a community of many ethnic groups, reading and writing together and seeing their work published through Westside Publi...
Book Groups at Hornsby GHS
Wendy Hardy, the librarian at Hornsby Girls High has created a successful reading space for the students by listening to their needs and giving them the power to create reading events through book gr...
Reading life writing
Susan Green shares her knowledge and love of reading life writing in this examination of the appeal of life writing. Woolf, Hilary Mantel, Mary Mc Carthy, Patrick White, Carol Shields, Janet Frame, Ju...
Reading the visual: using Kress and Van Leeuwen for a framework
Christine Gietz applies Kress and Leeuwen’s ideas to teach the visual literacy of advertising, using terms such as: vectors, compositional axis, intimate distance, colour, light, camera angles, frami...
Teaching reading in the primary school
Catherine Thomson draws on her experiences as a primary teacher and Curriculum Officer to share the ways reading is taught as part of an effective learning program in primary schools.
The way we read now (and the way we read then)
Derek Peat shares the impact on him of changes to reading with libraries moving into the digital age, eBook and Kindles taking the place of the book.
The Nita B Kibble Award 2012
The Kibble Award is for the best woman’s writing and the Dobbie is for a new woman writer. This year’s winners are: Gail Jones for Five Bells and new writer Favel Parrett for Past the Shallows . The ...
Social reading: Fad or future?
Darcy Moore talks about the impact of modern technologies on reading and how it has changed our relationship with the book.
Starting Small: A lesson on reading poetry
Jane Sloan takes us through a poetry lesson with Year 9 using a simple haiku to explore the creation of meaning.
Websites on reading pedagogies and strategies
Stefanie Lia reviews some of the websites available on reading: on how to create a culture of reading, reading for meaning, strategies to improve reading, reading about reading.
Reading objects: Using museum objects to build contexts
Angela Casey from the National Museum of Australia ‘reads’ the stories of two objects from the collection – a breastplate, and a t-shirt – and connects these to the English syllabus. This is followed...
Why does Reading matter? What does it tell us about ourselves and the world?
Andrew Wright shows how reading matters and gives pleasure as a “lived experience” connecting with personal experiences using Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant , Kafka’s A Hunger Artist and Atwood’s The ...
Reviews of: NOVELS: Shift by Jennifer Bradbury; The Secret of the Swords, The Poison Plot by Frances Watts; Golden Stranger by Karen Wood; The Grimstones: Hatched by Asphyxia; Haunting Violet by Alyx...
2012 Issue 3
This edition of mETAphor focuses on reading and includes articles on research, the social role of reading, the pedagogy of reading and strategies to encourage reading.
2012 Issue 2
This issue will give you lots of ideas to take into classroom from Stages 4-6
Utopias and Dystopias
Dr Peter Marks takes us through some of the key issues and the history of writing about Utopia, from Plato’s The Republic to More’s Utopia , Huxley’s Brave New World , Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale an...