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This is a place for teachers of English and literature to get materials to use in their classroom. Most of the time we are quite deliberately curriculum agnostic as we want to be able to assist teachers in all regions. In between the literature specific material we will also slip in some fun things from time to time because teachers need some light relief.

This is a place for teachers of English and literature to get materials to use in their classroom. Most of the time we are quite deliberately curriculum agnostic as we want to be able to assist teachers in all regions. In between the literature specific material we will also slip in some fun things from time to time because teachers need some light relief.
Analytical Essay Writing.
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Analytical Essay Writing.

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The ability to write analytically is critical for our students. It is an integral part of all English curricula. This package includes a slide presentation that explains what the purpose of the analytical essay is, how it is structured and how students can best master it. The presentation is also included in a 10 min. video format that can be useful for relief teachers. There is also a handy visual planning template for those of us who learn better that way.
Visual literacy Essentials
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Visual literacy Essentials

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Teaching visual literacy and film can be fun. This group of resources includes some handouts and presentations that will provide the essentials for introducing film in the English classroom.
Essay Planning Template
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Essay Planning Template

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Encouraging students to plan their writing is a challenge sometimes. It is important they understand that the plan can help them. This diagram works with the simple 3 paragraph essay but can be adapted fro essays of any length.
Improve speaking with tongue twisters
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Improve speaking with tongue twisters

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Speaking clearly and concisely is an important skill which can be learnt and perfected. This handout can help students, teachers or anyone who needs to speak in public - ever. A selection of tongue twisters which deal with the most common problem areas in diction. They are selected to address a number of diphthongs and tricky letter combinations.
How Shot Types work in Film
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How Shot Types work in Film

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An 18 slide presentation. We need to approach film as a medium in itself with its own language, signifiers and methods. The most important signifiers are the types of shots the filmmaker chooses to employ. Shot types are to filmmakers what rhyming patterns are to poets. The building blocks which give the structure shape. Learning to recognise shot type and function will assist students in applying critical thinking to the study of film and make them more visually literate.
Teaching Film In The English Classroom.
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Teaching Film In The English Classroom.

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All you need to begin introducing your students to the idea of ‘reading’ film and improving their visual literacy. The bundle includes a number of slide presentations, a worksheet, viewfinder template and a vocab list. All resources are classroom ready and address the essential elements of visual literacy in all English curricula.
A Chronology of Shakespeare's work.
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A Chronology of Shakespeare's work.

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It is often wrongly assumed that all Shakespeare’s work was Elizabethan. We English teachers know that that is not right. Indeed some of the most commonly taught works, including MacBeth are firmly in the Jacobean canon. This handy poster gives the accepted dates of the works and places them in the historically accurate monarchic period.
Mise-en-scene worksheet.
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Mise-en-scene worksheet.

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Using this handy scaffolding students can start to become more aware of the choices made by a filmmaker and the effect of those choices. This is a handy activity for doing at home either individually or in small groups. It can also be used with students of mixed ability as it can be applied to any film.
Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.
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Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.

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This is for every teacher of every subject who speaks or conducts conversations in English. There is a bonus presentation which addresses email etiquette for business. Important for our students to understand as they head into the workplace. Grammar and all its parts is important. Mistakes in grammar undermine credibility and can make you look less smart. It is hard to get students to be excited by this though and hopefully this 28 min video will help. The video is accompanied by a slide presentation if teachers want to go through it with students. It will easily fill a lesson. The video is ideal for substitute teachers or as a recap at any year level.
Introducing Film in The English Classroom.
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Introducing Film in The English Classroom.

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As books were to us, films are to our students. Like any text, a film can be read if you know the language and the signifiers that are used to make meaning. It is not enough to use film as an entertaining addition to our other texts. We need to approach it as a medium in itself with its own language, signifiers and methods. This way our students can still learn the important critical skills that they need while getting a solid understanding of visual literacy. This presentation takes us back to basics in preparation for a deeper study of film.
Archetypal Narratives.
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Archetypal Narratives.

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According to most sources there are only 7 story archetypes upon which all stories are built. Aaron Spelling believes there are only 5 in film. This poster presents those 5 colourfully. A valuable addition to the English classroom. Suits any English class.
Literary terms relating to Film.
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Literary terms relating to Film.

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A 10 slide presentation. It is important that we use the correct terminology when we talk about film, also that students understand how terminology or theories can cross mediums. These terms are not unique to film, indeed we know them from written texts as well. However by remembering them and exploring how they relate to film we get a firmer understanding that film, like novels, plays, poetry etc, are texts which can be read and out of which we can make meaning.
What is Mise En Scene?
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What is Mise En Scene?

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A 14 slide presentation. Mise-en-scene deals with the choices that the filmmaker has made in constructing what the viewer sees. It includes all the little things that make up a scene. By close reading of mise-en-scene the viewer begins to comprehend how small, unremarkable aspects of a film can affect our understanding. Aspects include lighting, acting, colour, make-up and costumes.
What Makes a Film a Classic.
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What Makes a Film a Classic.

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A 10 slide presentation which outlines the elements of film that are required for it to be designated a classic. Useful when teaching visual literacy and film in English or media. Helping students understand that being a ‘classic’ requires particular attributes. I don’t know about you but I get really peeved when people use the word ‘classic’ as a synonym for ‘old’ or ‘dull.’ People arguing against the inclusion of classic literature in English courses invariably infer that if a text is a classic then it is old and irrelevant. This is simply not true of course. It is not even logical. After all we can talk about ‘classic’ cars and ‘classic’ fashion, none of which is either old or boring. We also talk about classic films and film has not been around for a particularly long time. So what makes a film a classic? What are the elements that we look for when we are deciding whether a film, or any work really, can be added to the classic cannon?
Susan Avatar x 12
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Susan Avatar x 12

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This zip package includes 12 variations of the avatar Susan. You can use these on your worksheets or other resources. The avatars are print quality and will hold their resolution for reasonable resizing. The avatars are suitable to be used for any year level but there are a couple of grumpy faces in there. We suggest these are best used in fun.
Risha Avatar x 5
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Risha Avatar x 5

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This zip package includes 5 variations of the avatar Risha. You can use these on your worksheets or other resources. The avatars are print quality and will hold their resolution for reasonable resizing. The avatars are suitable to be used for any year level.
10 ways we make meaning when we read Infographic.
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10 ways we make meaning when we read Infographic.

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Even though we know that reading is a valuable pastime we sometimes forget just how much is going on in our brain when we pick up a book. For most English teachers, who are avid readers, it is easy to forget just how intense the activity can be. This infographic reminds us of the myriad ways that reading exercises the mind. What it also does is remind us of the pre-knowledge that needs to be in place before students can really get engaged with the material.
Rhetorical Devices in Persuasive speeches.
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Rhetorical Devices in Persuasive speeches.

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The art of persuasion is required by everyone at some point in time. Whether students are writing speeches or simply trying to convince a friend to go along with their latest nefarious plan, the need to persuade is evident. More than any other type of writing, other than poetry, persuasive speech uses a variety of rhetorical devices. This infographic gives examples of a few of them.