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Characterisation program Years 5-8

Norfolk Island Central School worked with their primary teachers to produce this program on characterisation.

Fictional character study program

This program on characterisation was produced co-operatively by Coffs Harbour High School with Kororo and Coffs Harbour public schools.

Mutlimedia unit for year 8

The Study of Multimedia: a unit for a year 8 class to promote skills in critically reading multimedia texts and knowledge of how these texts are constructed produced at Knox Grammar School.

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.

Teaching characterisation

Terms and ideas to consider when teaching and programming characterisation.

Fundamentals of English: Approaches to the Area of Study

This unit is based on the concept of the city and prepares students for work in the Standard and ESL courses in year 11.

Boys' literacy: using theory to inform practice

This unit for Year 11 on Representations of the Body is contextualised by an introduction which outlines issues around literacy, the nature of the debates around boys' literacy.

Much ado about grammar

An amusing discussion about the role of grammar in the curriculum and how is should be taught. This is an extract from a forum at the Sydney Writers' Festival 2009.

An English curriculum snapshot, 7 - 10

Outlines of programs for all units of work, 7 - 10, in a school year at Reddam House.

Taking on the International Baccalaureate

IB structure is explained with one school’s interpretation of this into a meaningful English program, using Anita Desai’s book Clear Light of Day for detailed study. The worksheet includes novel stud...

English Studies content endorsed course

English Studies Cours e – alternative pathway to those students who do not want to follow an academic line of study. Two pilot schools offer their experiences.


Reviewed in this issue: Textbooks, novels, short story book and graphic novel Textbooks : English for the Australian Curriculum Book 1 ; Pearson English 7 ; Pearson English 8 ;

Cooperative Learning and Thinking Tools

Rita Van Haren gives a brief overview of the rationale for using thinking tools to develop cooperative learning and then offers some practical examples of what to use and how to use it.

Approaching the HSC for the First Time

Deb Simpson and Mel Dixon offer guidelines for teachers approaching the HSC and using the syllabus to organize purposeful lessons. Suggestions are given on how to allay exam anxiety and offer feedback...

Hassle free blogging in the English Classroom

Rogan Jacobson gives some clues into ways we can use blogs in the classroom.
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