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Unique resources created by an experienced Secondary English and History teacher. These are academically rigorous resources that target children between 13 and 18 years of age.

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Unique resources created by an experienced Secondary English and History teacher. These are academically rigorous resources that target children between 13 and 18 years of age.
Visual source analysis - story books
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Visual source analysis - story books

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Two PowerPoints which include scans from two picture book memoirs. The Little Refugee (Anh Do) - It includes pre-reading questions. The powerpoint also introduces key terms for analysing these visuals: visual components of a text such as placement, salience, framing, representation of action or reaction, shot size, social distance and camera angle. Body Language – A non-verbal form of communication including facial expression, posture & gestures. Salience – a strategy of emphasis, highlighting what is important in a text. In images, salience is created through strategies like the placement of an item in the foreground, size and contrast in tone or colour. There are also comprehension questions and an explanation of things to note about the illustrations. The Peasant Prince (Li Cunxin) - a more comprehensive lesson (for a higher class). It includes information about the author and the illustrator and the techniques she used. It introduces visual literacy techniques to look for e.g. use of colour vs black and white. Ways to describe colour e.g. vivid and muted. Colour theory - the connotations of specific colours. Describing the positioning of elements within the image (e.g. foreground & background). How to describe the settings within the story (there is a graphic organiser for them to fill in to respond to three images from the book). Nonverbal communication (explanations of body langauge and facial expression). Students have the chance to apply this to describing three figures in the book. Shot size, Angle and Mise en scene are defined and there are further activities for each of these. Other concepts are covered incuding reading path, salience, positioning, vectors, allusion, symbols and language features.
The Discourse of Power and Ambition in Macbeth
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The Discourse of Power and Ambition in Macbeth

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A PowerPoint designed to last a few lessons. It explores two key themes in Macbeth: Power and Ambition. After defining these terms it looks at specific examples from the play. It includes prompting questions to get the students thinking. It also introduces a continuum of power and how this is illustrated within the play: The seduction of power - The lust for power - The obsession with power - The seizure of power - The abuse of power - The corruption by power - The insatiability of power - The destruction resulting from the obsession and abuse of power. It also includes key quotes from the play which demonstrate this. Finally, this PowerPoint includes exam advice including how to plan for the test and structure the essay.
Reading comprehension booklet - Parvana aka The Breadwinner
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Reading comprehension booklet - Parvana aka The Breadwinner

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This booklet has been designed as part of a year 8 English unit of work on Parvana (a novel set in Afghanistan during the reign of the Taliban). It includes activities about characters, the setting and language features which students are to complete as they read the novel. There are also questions about the events/themes/character's perspectives et cetera for each chapter. This is all in preparation for a creative writing assessment where students take what they have learned to create a written literary transformation (a short story from a marginalised character's perspective). Their short story has to focus on a moral issue within the novel. I have referenced the other study guides I drew on when creating this resource.
Protest Poetry - Analysing poems using the STEP UP acronym
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Protest Poetry - Analysing poems using the STEP UP acronym

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4 resources designed for a year 8 poetry unit. The first is a PowerPoint which takes students through the STEP UP acronym which they will use to analyse poems in their upcoming assessment: subject matter, theme, emotions, poetic devices, your interpretation, purpose... It includes prompting questions that students should ask themselves to help guide their response for each category. It then includes a poem about a refugee and slides which work through the STEP UP process. The second is a worksheet for modified students which has most of the notes written so that they only have to write a few. The third is a handout which explains STEP UP which could be used as a poster. The fourth is a typed version of the analysis of the refugee poem (in a Word Doc)
Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Factors which influence our identity
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Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Factors which influence our identity

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Part of a set of resources created for a senior Social & Community studies class in Australia (QCAA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons. A lesson designed to teach students how to define identity and list some factors which influence our identity, explain the difference between sex and gender, liist some of the stereotypes which exist about men and women and explain how gender can influence your personal identity. It includes a sorting activity where students view 13 things that influence someone’s identity and rank them in order of importance to them. This is good for promoting discussion. Introduction to key terms - sex and gender. A few clips to view which contain stereotypes - students to list them in a table and then discuss after each clip. There is also a clip on gender in advertising from ABC’s the checkout which students watch and then write a paragraph to summarise what they learned.
Romeo and Juliet: Act Five
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Romeo and Juliet: Act Five

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A series of resources: a handout which includes the questions on the slide (to be given to students to answer / shared electronically.) The PowerPoint. Some information pertaining to the historical context of the play. A summary of each scene with key quotes and questions. Viewing Act Five, Scene Three (the final act) both Baz Luhrmann film and the 2013 version (for comparative purposes). Important things to note from Act 5. Revision questions. Optional extras for if time: questions about themes. Role play activity. A handout - revision activity - a list of jumbled up events from this act which students have to reorganise into chronological order. An updated PowerPoint which features all of Act 5 (Scenes 1-3). It includes a warm up activity (explaining what a friar is - with notes to copy). Additionally, it features quotes from the play, checking for understanding questions (some to answer in books and some to discuss as a class) & some brain breaks (viewing activities - two excerpts of the play being staged in The Globe Theatre). This lesson is designed to fit into a unit where students must complete an exam where they respond to an essay which argues that Friar Laurence is solely to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Through studying each scene in depth, students should begin to see that a range of other characters could be referenced in their counter argument. Part of a set of resources created for a year 10 English class in Australia (ACARA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons (with extra activities as a back up if the class is advanced).
Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Personality Types
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Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Personality Types

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Psychological researchers often define personality in terms of five core traits, which can be thought of as stable dispositions that relate to differences in behaviour. This PowerPoint explains the Big 5 personality types (aka the OCEAN model) in a simple way which is easy for students to understand. It includes a video, some discussion questions and notes for students to copy into their books. It also includes the link to an online quiz for students to take to learn about their personality traits. It includes a poster-making activity for students to consolidate what they have learned. I have also included a document with the research I did about the Big 5 before creating this lesson. Part of a set of resources created for a senior Social & Community studies class in Australia (QCAA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons.
Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Key terms and concepts
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Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Key terms and concepts

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During this module students investigate their personality type and explore how people manage conflict. They apply conflict management strategies to real life contexts and make decisions about what strategies are most effective. This is a work booklet pack which was designed for use during the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic. It would also be useful for students who are absent for medical / personal reasons. The content within this resource could be adapted into PowerPoints or worksheets for use in the classroom. This work pack contains three lessons worth of content. Lesson 1 begins by defining ‘personality’ and ‘identity’ and contains brainstorming prompts for students. This is followed by a classifying and TEEL paragraph writing activity where students consider what things most impact their sense of self. Following this, students read information about introverts and extroverts and summarise what they have learned. They then apply these terms to people they are familiar with. Lesson 2 introduces students to the BIG 5 personalities (aka OCEAN model). They read the definitions and consider which ones apply to them. They then look at a list of typically masculine and feminine traits and record those which they believe describe them (reflective task). Afterwards they view 2 images and have to describe how the people are feeling and what makes them think this. Subsequently they read a paragraph about understanding body language. Afterwards they explain the difference between open and closed body language. To foster emotional intelligence, students read a range of situations and write down what emotion they would be feeling. Another activity involves looking at a list of gestures / expressions and explaining what each generally means. Lesson 3 has a revision activity about the Big 5 personality types. Afterwards, students are asked to define conflict and create a Y chart about what conflict looks like, feels like and sounds like in this community / our school. There are questions about how to deal with conflict at school (to see what students already know). Students are then to try and define 5 conflict resolution strategies based on an image. They can also provide an example from their own life if they can think of one. There is then a brainstorming activity where students list the world conflicts they can recall. They also can list how world leaders have resolved conflict in the past. Part of a set of resources created for a senior Social & Community studies class in Australia (QCAA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons.
Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Unit Plan
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Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit - Unit Plan

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A Unit plan designed for a 10 week term. It includes syllabus objectives, a description of the unit, a marking breakdown which explains what the teacher would expect to see for each assessment criteria, assessment task details and a list of recommended resources. It also includes explanations of some recommended pedagogical strategies (for group work etc.) A Scope and Sequence suggesting topics to be covered throughout the term is provided. Part of a set of resources created for a senior Social & Community studies class in Australia (QCAA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons.
Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships -Inquiry Booklet and Conflict Scenarios
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Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships -Inquiry Booklet and Conflict Scenarios

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Part of a set of resources created for a senior Social & Community studies class in Australia (QCAA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. An inquiry booklet which students complete in the early phase of the unit. They then use what they find to write their report. This booklet includes: a pre quiz (to see what students already know), key terms to be defined, a place to reflect on and record what they know about their own personality (including where they feel they fit in the Big 5 personality types). It also includes questions to investigate (they must keep a record of their sources and evaluate them), a space to record their analysis of the two people from their chosen conflict scenario, a table for comparing their personality traits (using Big 5), a graphic organiser for collecting information about a range of conflict resolution strategies and a SWOT analysis to be completed at the end of the assessment. A handout with 3 conflict scenarios which students can choose from to respond to in their report. Two are from films (10 Things I Hate About You & Remember the Titans), the last is from the media (Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry). The handout provides a summary of the conflict scenario, information about Person A & B and quotes from the specific conflict scene. A template for students to write their report into.
Protest Poetry - Intro to Poetic Techniques
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Protest Poetry - Intro to Poetic Techniques

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The PowerPoint includes definitions and examples of poetic devices including rhyme, repetition, simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, assonance, symbolism etc. There are also slides with famous examples from songs (some oldies but mostly contemporary). The homework sheet is a match the terms handout to consolidate learning.
Indigenous Australian Poems
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Indigenous Australian Poems

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Perfect resources for a protest poetry unit. These poems show the Indigenous Australian viewpoint at various points in History. There are poems about colonisation, the stolen generations and land rights struggles. Some of the poems are by famous artists like Oodgeroo Noonuccal, others are from Inside Black Australia: An Anthology of Aboriginal Poetry (published 1988).
Ned Kelly English Unit - Black Snake Imaginative Recount Assessment Task and scaffolding
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Ned Kelly English Unit - Black Snake Imaginative Recount Assessment Task and scaffolding

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A PowerPoint explaining the assessment task to students and what they are being marked on. This is interlaced with tips and activities for the various criteria. There are tips for writing dialogue (reviewing punctuation rules), past vs present tense, homophones etc. It also includes a list of common errors made by students in the previous year for this task. A planning booklet for students to use to brainstorm their ideas prior to writing their short story (aka imaginative recount). It includes prompts and graphic organisers which students can work through in class and for homework. A series of PowerPoints designed for the drafting phase of the unit. Each begins with a mini lesson with a specific focus (e.g. characterisation, juxtaposition etc.) they then focus on students writing a particular part of the narrative in the lesson (e.g. orientation) with hints, examples and reminders. A graphic organiser for students to write their short story (imaginative recount) into. A draft feedback form which lists common errors that students make. The teacher merely needs to highlight the feedback which applies to the student. This speeds up the drafting workload for the teacher and ensures all students are receiving consistent feedback based on the cognitive verbs prioritised in the unit. Part of a set of resources created for a year 7 English class in Australia (ACARA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons (with extra activities as a back up if the class is advanced). The focus text is ‘Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly’ by Carole Wilkinson.
Causes of World War Two
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Causes of World War Two

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A free PowerPoint which I think History teachers will find helpful. If you use it, and like it, please come and give me a positive star rating / review :). Constructive criticism is also appreciated. PowerPoint 1: Causes of World War Two • term overview (what we are learning + how we will be assessed) • key questions for unit (from ACARA) • context (what happened after WW1 that set the stage for WW2) • statistics (number of casualties in WW2) • information about the following: o the treaty of Versailles o Hitler’s rise to power: worldwide economic depression + the effects of the depression on Germany + the fall of Germany’s democratic government o Anti-communism o The basic ideas of the Nazi ideology + The source of Hitler’s power o Other major causes of WW2: Japanese expansionism, appeasement, militarism, the rise of fascism in Italy, nationalism, American isolationism, o Maps: Theatres of War: Where WWII Was Fought o two homework tasks (developing a glossary of terms + reading from a textbook and answering questions)
Australian Stereotypes - Crocodile Dundee
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Australian Stereotypes - Crocodile Dundee

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Two PowerPoints for a 9 English Unit. 1) The first PowerPoint includes a synopsis of the film and the film trailer is embedded. This is followed by a range of clips and viewing questions. It also includes information about how Indigenous Australians are portrayed in the film. Additionally, there is a section on exploring key quotes. Students have to pick out the slang and the beliefs of the protagonist which are indicated in the quote. 2) The second PowerPoint is a paragraph writing lesson. It takes students through the various stereotypes in the film and includes some pre-writing (planning) steps. It reviews the PEEEL paragraph structure. It includes some scaffolding (suggested sentence starters) along with an example paragraph (which is colour coded to indicate which section it addresses). After this activity, there is information about modality and some examples of high and low modality words. There is also some information about linking words.
Ned Kelly English Unit - Language features in Black Snake + reading the rest of Chapter 1
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Ned Kelly English Unit - Language features in Black Snake + reading the rest of Chapter 1

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Part of a set of resources created for a year 7 English class in Australia (ACARA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons (with extra activities as a back up if the class is advanced). The focus text is ‘Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly’ by Carole Wilkinson. 1) Lesson PowerPoint The beginning of the PowerPoint introduces students to some of the key language features used in the novel Black Snake with definitions, examples and examples from Black Snake. The language features are colloquialisms, idioms, figurative language {similes / metaphors} & descriptive language {adjectives.} Afterwards there are some comprehension questions. Afterwards we look at a picture book – ‘Ned Kelly and the Green Sash’ written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frane Lessac. As we read the story, students are encouraged to think about the language and visual features used and the effects they create in telling the story. Afterwards, the students can read the remainder of chapter 1 filling in the retrieval chart. If there is time at the end, there is a slide about how to identify factual information from evaluative language and a slide summing up the events in chapter 1. 2) A retrieval chart for students to summarise what they have learned while reading Chapter 1.
Ned Kelly English Unit - Was Ned a Hero or a Villain? - Focusing on events from Chapter 4 of Black
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Ned Kelly English Unit - Was Ned a Hero or a Villain? - Focusing on events from Chapter 4 of Black

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This lesson was designed for the second phase of the unit where students are preparing to write a persuasive text about Ned Kelly. This lesson focuses on reading the events in Chapter Four of Black Snake, responding to questions and considering whether Ned’s actions make him a hero or a villain (or a victim of circumstances). There is a video excerpt of the shootout at Stringybark Creek (from the Heath Ledger film). There is also a clip from the Victoria Police which is intended as a memorial for the policemen killed in action by the Kelly Gang members. It also includes information about the two letters Ned famously wrote expressing why he turned to a life of crime (The Cameron Letter and the Jerilderie Letter). It concludes with information about how the public opinion of Ned shifted from a negative one to a more positive one after the 1960s. The lesson tries to present all points of view so that students can make up their own minds about Ned Kelly and whether he deserves to be held up as an Aussie icon. Handout - proofreading activity (an excerpt from the novel). Part of a set of resources created for a year 7 English class in Australia (ACARA syllabus). The other resources are also available in my store - lrigb4. Designed for use in 70 minute lessons (with extra activities as a back up if the class is advanced). The focus text is ‘Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly’ by Carole Wilkinson.
Australian identity - Representations of Indigenous Australians
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Australian identity - Representations of Indigenous Australians

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3 resources used in a 9 English unit. 1) A homework sheet which includes the poem 'Then and Now' by Oodgeroo Noonuccal and comprehension questions which are designed to help students begin to analyse the text. This poem touches on the dispossession of land and the consequences for the poet and her people. 2) A PowerPoint which teaches visual source analysis using the picture book 'The Rabbits' by John Marsden (illustrated by Shaun Tan). Students have to respond to the images by answering the following questions: What do you feel about the imagery? What does it mean to you? What is the idea of Australian identity portrayed in the picture? Afterwards, the PPT explains that this story is an allegory. The PowerPoint also includes some examples of Australian slang (as this is part of a stereotypes unit). 3) A PowerPoint which points out that for a long time there were “entrenched negative stereotypes” about Aboriginal people in Australia and how the media’s focus on negative Aboriginal issues creates much hurt when it presents the problems of individual Aboriginal people as problems of all Indigenous Australians. It explores the negative stereotypes about Indigenous people as shown in Bran Neu Dae and the positive attributes shown in The Sapphires. The clips I have selected from Bran Neu Dae are humorous but touch on serious issues and often generate good classroom discussions.
Crime fiction: Hard Boiled Fiction
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Crime fiction: Hard Boiled Fiction

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Introduction to the hard-boiled genre of crime fiction (Set in1930s - 1950s America) This PowerPoint examines the genre conventions of hard-boiled fiction, the typical protagonist of these tales & events that were occurring in American society at the time these tales were written, and how these influenced these texts. Students will watch a trailer for The Maltese Falcon Trailer (a famous example). The movie of The Maltese Falcon is dated 1941, during the War, but the story was published in 1930: it’s a tale of the roaring ‘20s. The PPT also includes a trailer for a recent example (the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire) which recreates this era.