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Redesigning Texts

One way of exploring how meaning is made through texts is by identifying the assumptions that underlie them and replacing those with others. The text is then re-composed on the basis of these new ...

Representing 'Carpe Diem' through Time. Year 10 unit worksheets

Representing 'Carpe Diem' through Time : These worksheets supplement the unit fully developed in mETAphor 1 2005 . The unit introduces Year 10 students to a range of poems, written across time and fr...

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...

The Evolutionary Relationship between Man and Technology

Relationship between Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner

Against Certitude: considering Margaret Edson’s W;t in context

Discussion of key ideas and values in the play relating to contextual influences and with links to Donne's poetry.

Macbeth’s Phantasmagoria of Blood: A unit for preliminary extension English

A unit outline for a critical study of Macbeth . The unit includes a study of the historical source and intertextuality, critical perspectives, a close study of the soliloquies and an overview of var...

Module A: Comparative Study Of Text And Context Hamlet and Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

Contextual comparison of Shakespeare's Hamlet with Stoppard's contemporary Rosencratz and Guilderstein are Dead in terms of authorial intent and audience reception; as part of HSC Module A

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.

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.

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.


A series of activities for Year 7 based on the animated film UP exploring genre, intertextuality and representation.

'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 ...

Worldspace in Frankenstein and Blade Runner

This essay explores parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner in order to illuminate key differences between their respective worldspaces, and examine how character experiences, regardless of t...
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