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Valuing texts

In this program for a senior unit students explore canonicity and notions of value by redesigning texts .

The Values in Narrative: Program for senior students.

The Values of Narrative is a program for senior students examining aspects of narrative and how these are translated into popular culture. Aspects of this program are expanded in Wuthering Heights: C...

Fay and Jane: good farmers’ wives?

Connections between Pride and Prejudice and Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice give students a new appreciation for the original text and a greater understanding of the role of literature.

On First Reading Fay Weldon's letters to Alice

This article considers some of the implications of comparing Pride and Prejudice with Weldon's Letters to Alice on Reading Jane Austen

Australian Literature and the National Curriculum

A perceptive argument for the inclusion of classic works of Australian literature in a national curriculum.

Transforming Texts

A feature of the postmodern age is the conscious revival of past stories, especially in films. Useful, entertaining exercises. Good for comparative study.

Module B - Critical Study of Texts: Speeches. A Framework for Responses and Introductory Activities

A consideration and analysis of the issues surrounding students' responses to Module B , as well as some critical readings and student activities. See end of article at end of this.

Developing Concepts of Narrative through Film

Through the use of film this unit explores the essential constructedness of narrative and the integral role of narrative in the way we understand our lives.

Notes From a Square Table: Some Thoughts Arising from the 'Australian Literature in Education' Roundtable of August 7th 2007

A summation of and defence against numerous issues raised relating to the quality of a literary education - with a focus on Australian literature - in secondary schools.

Preliminary Extension Module: Texts, Culture and Value, 'The Madwoman in the Attic' - How has she been Appropriated?

This brief unit outline considers the concept of appropriation in relation to the representation of the 'madwoman' in Jane Eyre . Numerous related texts and resources are suggested.

Experimental Writing

This unit explores the myriad characterstics of experimental creative writing and engages students through a number of written activites.

'Share' the Joy: a close reading of Amy Heckerling's Clueless ten years on

A close reading of the film Clueless in terms of its appropriation of Austen's Emma. Explores the form and structure of the film as well as the role that key characters play. Compares the characters ...

Nineteenth Century English Novel, Wide Reading of the English Literary Canon: A unit of work for Year 10

Presents a unit overview for Stage 5 students reading a nineteenth century novel . Includes activities to help students explore the context of the novel and its textual features.

Connecting with the World of Texts

Professor Ray Misson examines the kinds of criticism levelled at contemporary teaching of English and mounts a defence against charges of political agendas, falling standards and relativism.

The Gothic Revolution

A unit for senior students on the Gothic tradition using the work of Poe and Lovecraft in conjunction with the ETA text package The Alien Self .
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