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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.
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.
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).
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.
Australian Frontier Wars - 11 Modern History - Evaluating sources (skills based lesson)
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Australian Frontier Wars - 11 Modern History - Evaluating sources (skills based lesson)

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Resources designed for the new senior Modern History syllabus (implemented in QLD in 2019). The syllabus objectives would also be useful more broadly for English students in other states and countries with an interest in colonialism and Australia’s Frontier Wars (1788-1930s). PowerPointand lesson plan. Settling activity - copy the definition of bias. Explain the cognitive verb ‘evaluate’ and review concept of modality. Look at some conjunctions (linking words) which can be used in evaluating paragraphs. Subsequently, the lesson explores how to know if the source is useful before introducing the concept of corroborating sources (with a history skills video to consolidate this learning). Look at a sample exam question and deconstruct it. Then look at how to determine if a source is relevant (look at an example which focuses on origin, perspective, context, audience and motive). Then introduce the T.A.D.P.O.L.E acronym for a deeper level of source analysis. Afterwards, there are sources (about the Myall Creek massacre) for the students to evaluate (I use Gradual Release - we do then you do). Finally there is a PEEL/TEEL paragraph writing activity. T.A.D.P.O.L.E handout with sources about the Myall Creek Massacre for students to analyse. Example evaluating paragraph about the Hornet bank massacre (with labels to show key features). Homework sheet - Sources about the Hornet bank massacre for students to analyse.(answers are included at the base of the PowerPoint). I pride myself on the quality of the materials I produce, I don’t charge high prices because I don’t agree with paying £10 for a wordsearch. If you need to check before you buy, have a look at some of the free resources in my shop for a sample of the quality and depth.
Protest poetry - An introduction to the Stolen Generations
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Protest poetry - An introduction to the Stolen Generations

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This is a history style lesson designed to help children understand the Stolen Generations before the next lesson where they will view poems about this issue and have to analyse them. It introduces students to the assimilation policy, includes images of newspaper advertisements at the time (selling half-caste children) and looks at the beliefs held at the time about this issue. It includes clips from the film Rabbit Proof Fence along with questions to help check for understanding and to develop empathy. Following this, information is provided about what the institutions were like as well as historical sources (testimonies of stolen children remembering the day they were taken). Finally, it looks at the effects and consequences of the stolen generation with information taken from the Creative Spirits website. Additional resources: A handout with the questions for the Rabbit Proof Fence viewing activity. A homework handout (mind mapping the effects of the stolen generation.)
Romeo and Juliet: Act Three
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Romeo and Juliet: Act Three

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A PowerPoint which focuses on Act 3 (Scenes 2-5). To be taught after a lesson acting out the first scene (fight scene). The lesson includes a summary of each scene with key quotes and questions. Additionally, it features important historical context information that students need to know to understand the play. There is a link to an Australian performance of Juliet’s famous soliloquy (Act 3, Scene 2). This is followed by a close look at the lines of this soliloquy. Viewing Act 3, Scene 5 from the 2013 film. Important things to note from Act 3. An updated PowerPoint which features all of Act 3 (Scenes 1-5). This lesson is designed to run over a couple of lessons. It includes more 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 + one game of scattergories). 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. A handout - revision activity - a list of jumbled up events from this act which students have to reorganise into chronological order. 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).
Australian identity in poetry
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Australian identity in poetry

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A PowerPoint analysing the poem 'Men of the open spaces' with four questions that students have to write paragraphs responding to. There are example answers included. This is followed by the words for The Man From Ironbark and Waltzing Matilda and other post-reading questions.
Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships - interpersonal intelligence and self esteem
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Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships - interpersonal intelligence and self esteem

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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 4 - students are to write a paragraph describing themselves. Students are introduced to the key term ‘friendship.’ They are asked to describe their friendship group in a few sentences. Students are to brainstorm the main reasons they fight with parents, siblings and friends. A metaphor (relationship bank accounts) is explained. Students list the deposits and withdrawals they make in three relationships of their choosing. Students read an explanation of some of the reasons why we fight with people we love: jealousy, one-way relationships, rejection, stress, disloyalty, revenge and peer pressure. Next to each they need to list examples of this from popular culture texts (e.g. movies, tv programs, celebrity feuds etc.) Lesson 5 introduces students to the key terms ‘interpersonal’ and ‘intrapersonal intelligence.’ Following this, there is a passage about workplace behaviour which they need to read. There is a workplace scenario which students can read and respond to. Students then need to define aggressive, assertive and passive communication based on what they read in a handout / further research. There is a classifying activity for students to test their understanding of these terms. There is a paragraph writing activity about what students believe they should do if a work colleague does something that annoys them. Afterwards 3 workplace scenarios are listed. Students need to rate how stressful they would find that situation from 1-5 and how they would try to solve it. Lesson 6 introduces students to the key term ‘self-concept.’ This is followed by an explanation of 5 different ways you could describe yourself. Afterwards, ‘self-esteem’ is defined along with terms optimism and pessimism. Two things that influence our self-esteem are noted. Students are to summarise what they have learned in this lesson. Afterwards they read information about ‘characteristics of low self esteem’ and how this can affect your quality of life. Some causes of low self esteem are explained as well as some tips for how to build one’s self esteem and who you could go to for help. The lesson concludes with a poster making activity (tips for improving self-esteem). 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 -Assessment Task (Investigation + Report)
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Social and Community Studies - Into Relationships unit -Assessment Task (Investigation + Report)

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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. This resource includes: A copy of the task sheet for the unit which includes a suggested structure for the report students are required to write A QCIA cover sheet recommending adjustments to be made and individual learning goals to be assessed ‘I can’ statements which which break down the criteria into simple terms for students to understand (also assists teachers to mark the assessment with ease)
Protest Poetry - Assessment 2
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Protest Poetry - Assessment 2

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7 resources created for a year 8 English Unit studying war poetry. 1) A PowerPoint explaining the assessment - creating a poetry anthology featuring a minimum of 3 poems. It explains what an anthology is, its components (e.g. title page, table of contents, etc.), what they are being assessed on, planning steps and some homework to get them started. 2) An example analysis of the poem Beach Burial (in a table outlining the structural requirements and expected langauge features) 3) A PowerPoint lesson designed to take students through the example analysis of Beach Burial. 4) A document with the STEP UP acronym for students to use to analyse their 3 poems. 5) A PowerPoing to help students write their analysis of poem one. 6) A PowerPoint explaining how to write the preface and reference list (with examples) 7) A completed anthology exemplar (created by a student)
Reading comprehension using QAR strategy (social media)
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Reading comprehension using QAR strategy (social media)

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A reading comprehension activity which utilises the QAR reading strategy (http://www.adlit.org/strategies/19802/ & http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/question_answer_relationship) Students will read an article entitled “Teenagers and social networking – it might actually be good for them” and then complete the questions.
Social and Community Studies - Science and Technology (eSafety) unit - Inquiry Booklet
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Social and Community Studies - Science and Technology (eSafety) unit - Inquiry Booklet

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An inquiry booklet which students complete in the early phase of the unit. They then use what they find to write their essay. This booklet includes: a pre quiz (to see what students already know), key terms to be defined, a graphic organiser to store their research in (with a column dedicated to evaluating the source). A scaffold to help students to write their essay (a breakdown of what to put in which paragraph). A SWOT analysis for the students to complete at the conclusion of their assessment. An exemplar Inquiry booklet which can be handy for those new to teaching Social. 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.
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 - 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 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.
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.
Ned Kelly English Unit - Reading Chapter 3 of Black Snake (focusing on ‘One Stray Bullet’)
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Ned Kelly English Unit - Reading Chapter 3 of Black Snake (focusing on ‘One Stray Bullet’)

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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) The lesson PowerPoint Discuss that ‘One Stray Bullet’ is one of the passages that students can choose for their written literary transformation {imaginative recount / short story}. Read this excerpt and make predictions about what the various characters would have done after this event {aka the Fitzpatrick incident}. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in the title. Discussion questions about the various characters’ viewpoints follow. There are also some short response (comprehension / analysis) questions for students to respond to. The remainder of the slides sum up the rest of the events in Chapter 3. There are video clips to cater to visual learners. 2) Handout - ‘One Stray Bullet’ excerpt of Black Snake 3) Week two and three spelling words handout (24 words per week).
Ned Kelly English Unit - Black Snake - Unit Introduction
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Ned Kelly English Unit - Black Snake - Unit Introduction

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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). A PowerPoint designed to engage students / excite them as they ‘tune in’ to the new unit. It includes: a review of my classroom expectations (as well as the positive and negative consequences). Some interesting facts about Ned Kelly. Some questions about the front and back cover of the novel Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly’ by Carole Wilkinson. After getting the students to make predictions about the novel, they complete a K-W-L chart about what they already know about Ned Kelly and what they would like to know. Subsequently we go through what the two assessments for the term will be. We then review some important parts of the novel and how they work (contents, a map of Kelly Country and the Introduction). Some info about the language features in the novel is provided as well as a spelling list of 24 words taken from the novel and ACARA’s English glossary. Students will define these for homework throughout the week. Some extra information is included at the end of the PowerPoint if you happen to finish early. 2)** A handout containing the map, contents, intro and spelling words.**