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I am a New Zealand High School English Teacher. I teach across the range of Year 9-13. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of texts, from the classics such as 'Of Mice and Men' to Pasifika Poetry

I am a New Zealand High School English Teacher. I teach across the range of Year 9-13. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of texts, from the classics such as 'Of Mice and Men' to Pasifika Poetry
Novel Study 'Northern Lights'
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Novel Study 'Northern Lights'

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A resource to support the pre, during and post-reading of Philip Pullman’s 'Northern Lights’ Students are guided through a range of critical and creative thinking to develop their understanding of the themes, characters, events, settings, relationships and conflicts of the novel. Two Comprehension Articles are included as are Chapter Questions. Activities include: Creative writing prompt- Setting A book review Creating an Infographic on their favourite story Creative Writing Diary Entries Event Timeline Discussion Questions Script-Writing Tasks Character Facebook Profiles Drama Adaptation of a Favourite Scene Settings Worksheets Creating a Community Newsletter for the Setting
'Divergent' Novel Study
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'Divergent' Novel Study

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Resources to support pre, during and post-reading of Veronica Roth’s 'Divergent.' Students are guided through a range of critical and creative thinking activities to gain an understanding of dystopian literature. Chapter Questions are included. Following this, students are guided through a range of activities to strengthen their understanding of characters, conflicts, events, settings, themes and author’s purpose.
The Great Gatsby Year 12 Novel Study
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The Great Gatsby Year 12 Novel Study

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The resource takes students through pre-reading activities inclusive of an inquiry into the era, before offering Chapter Questions and additional resources for during reading
'Of Mice and Men' Novel Study
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'Of Mice and Men' Novel Study

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A Unit of Work to support teachers during the pre, during and post-reading of ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. Activities include a guided inquiry into the 1920’s, the Great Depression, the American Dream and the cultural, social and political climate of the 1930’s. Students are prompted to think critically and creatively during their study through a variety of creative activities. Chapter Questions throughout reading are included. For post-reading, students are guided through activities to develop their understanding of the themes, characters, settings, events and conflicts of the novella.
Post-Colonial Literatures of Aotearoa
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Post-Colonial Literatures of Aotearoa

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Resources to support the study a series of short Written Texts including: Short Stories: ‘Robocop in Long Bay’ by Albert Wendt Poems: ‘Eating Dark Chocolate while watching Paul Holmes’ Apology’ by Karlo Mila ’Colonisation’ by Haunani Kay Trask ’Adrift’ by Paul Kawana ’At the End of the Road’ by JacQ Carter ’Comparatively Speaking, There is No Struggle’ by JacQ Carter Students are guided through an Inquiry into the cultural and historical context of New Zealand, teaching the class about their chosen topic before beginning close reading and analysis of the texts. Students are encouraged to respond creatively and critically to the texts through a range of activities including Slam poetry, Discussion Questions, Essay-styled responses and Black-out Poetry