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Content of English: a diagram

Content of English . This diagram is one way of representing the learning in secondary English. It is not exhaustive or definitive but may be helpful in developing aspects of your school program.

Utopias & Dystopias

A digital activity for senior students.


An introductory presentation which can be used in conjunction with the ETA Package on Romanticism.

Belonging: Dickinson

The use of interior monologue , in Dickinson and the film, The Piano, reflecting on the uncertain, and even precarious, nature of belonging.

Digital Project - Utopias & Dystopias

Preliminary English (Extension): Utopias and Dystopias Texts: Utopia, A Clockwork Orange and Gattaca Students compose a digital text (6 - 8 minutes) that explains the literary tradition of utopian/ d...

JM Barrie, Peter Pan and Finding Neverland

This unit outline deals with the significance of JM Barrie and his work to fantasy and engages students in a study of different contexts.

Fantasy: not just child's play

An article arguing for greater acknowledgement of the value of the fantasy genre.

High Noon meets the High King: the western as genre study

This unit for Year 10 prepares students for senior work, in particular, work relating to genre and making connections between texts.

The Quest: creating a visual narrative

This unit engages multiliteracies to explore the conventions of the quest genre .

Teaching Fantasy for Stage 4: Using the Dragonkeeper series and Rowan of the Bukshah

Varied, fun and engaging activities to develop reading, writing, speaking and close study of text. Stage 4. Contains conventions of the genre and ideas for visuals. Language forms and features.

Getting Excited About Shakespearean Sonnets! 10 ideas for Stage 4 or 5 students

Ten useful ideas for students to actively engage with Shakespeare’s Sonnets . Stage 4 and 5. Provides ideas on intertextuality and differentiation through group work.

“This ain’t no cartoon, Ya know!” Introducing Film Noir: Who Framed Roger Rabbit ?

Critique of film noir themes and elements in the mixed cartoon and live action film 'Who saved Roger Rabbit'

In the zone; Working with Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction genre as dynamic but recognisable conventions and characters. Inventive versus derivative. Genealogy of the genre and text examples.

Travels in self-consciousness: an exploration of metafiction in Calvino’s 'If on a winter's night a traveller'

Discussion of the novel in which the author who refuses to die battles against Barthe’s ‘death of the author’. Theorising in narrative disguise. Chapter summary of interesting points that are made th...

Experimental Writing

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