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Representing the Real

Different ways of representing actual events, how narrative is used in these representations and how medium shapes the ways we respond to them.

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Henry Lawson

Through a podcast, students pitch one of Lawson's stories to be produced as a film.

Students of Character: the dual purpose of teaching empathy in the English classroom

Develop empathy by asking students to view and feel from another’s point of view.

Repositioning Comics

This article argues for a reconsideration of the importance of comics in the curriculum in terms of visual/verbal relationships, sequential narratives and literary artefacts.

Connecting Voices: A study of narrative using Once by Morris Gleitzman

A teaching unit for Years 7 and 8 examining narrative.

Getting to the point: thinking about what it means to understand theme

By considering ideas from adjacent fields such as psychology this article shows how to make the study of the literary element of theme more meaningful for students. Related: Fresh takes on teaching t...

We could be heroes: an approach to the Fundamentals of English course

This article outlines the metacognitive processes of a teacher planning and implementing a flexible course for students.

The Magic Pudding's 90th birthday

An affectionate tribute to this children's classic.

Using ICT to Teach Creative Writing: The theory and some practical teaching strategies

A thoughtful article providing practical ideas for integrating ICT into the English curriculum.

Sharing My Place: Shared histories in Australian texts. Stage 4 unit of work

This Stage 4 unit, with assessments and resource list , connects to student social worlds through narratives of place, linking textual features to creation of identity. Indigenous and cross curriculu...

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: In the wild workshop study guide

Series of student questions for Huxley's 'Brave New World' from 'In the wild workshop study guide', arranged by chapter.

Writing for Extension 2: Free Falling into Fiction

Support for writing the creative major work , exercises, establishing character and writing description plus examples, what’s at stake, word choice, not being didactic, back-story.

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...
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