Resources for English - 12 and English Extension, English Communication, Functional English


1. CYBER NEWSEUM - history of news

ABC Splash - Vidoes, games, digibooks, audio and many other resources suitable for junior secondary:

http://splash.abc.net.au/secondary#/subject/english/video

2. Literacy

  • http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/li0cont.htm I looked at the 1st one - Literacy, which is a very informative paper encouraging English teachers to embrace the digital age. It's claims are supported by research with great examples & links ie; audio & electronic books for reading & desktop & online publishing for writing. It includes an action plan for teachers to implement tecnology in the English classroom as well as illustrative cases where it has been successful. Collaborative global classrooms are also researched & applauded. www.globalschoolnet.org is a website that offers such projects which focus on developing writing skills.
  • http://www.topenglishteaching.com/ This site has powerpoints that you can download on how to teach certain topics/areas in English
  • Free access to AustLit for Australian Schoolshttp://www.austlit.edu.au
    AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource is the most significant single information resource available for the study and teaching of Australian literature. Since its inception in 2001, Austlit has been a subscription database available to the general public through subscribing institutions such as the National Library and state libraries. From 2011 AustLit offers free access directly to Australian schools.
  • Indigenous Literacy Campaign - nurturing and supporting kids in Australia's remote communities
    http://www.schoolaid.org.au/projects/indigenous-literacy-campaign-%281%29.aspx
    Did you know that four out of five kids in remote indigenous communities can't read to the acceptable minimum standard? SchoolAid's Indigenous Literacy Campaign in support of the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation asks Aussie schools and students to join in and work together to close the enormous gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous literacy! Free teaching resources are available.

3. Spelling

  • Commonly mispelt words. This pdf. provides a list of words which regularly are spelt incorrect and prove to be 'tricky' for some students. The list would be helpful when preparing spelling words, to incorporate a few each week to ensure they are recognised with the correct spelling.

4. Newspaper & Journalism

  • http://ink.news.com.au/ink/register/ Can't get this one to work but it's a great concept for development of ICT in Literacy
  • [[http://www.cleo.net.uk/index.php?category_id=317 I|http://www.cleo.net.uk/index.php?category_id=317 ]] This website offers a variety of great resources, ideal for year 8 or 9 newspaper/advertising units. The website includes newspaper templates, straightforward information about audio and visual media for students and planning sheets to assist with group organisation. The site also includes learning materials for teachers (eg. case studies, official reports and tips) to assist with planning and teaching of a unit. Very useful!
  • http://www.webenglishteacher.com/journ.html This site has numerous links to the design of newspapers, reports, interviews ect.
  • www.hsj.org This website has many useful lesson plans and ideas relating to the topic of Journalism. It also has resources for parents and teachers as well as links to other sites and video/audio applets. For students there are activities, interactive excercises and reading materials.
  • The following pdf. is a great activity for student to web search the inventions listed. This integrates ICT and would be an enjoyable activity for students in years 8-10.The task at the bottom of the activity sheet is to discuss the essential items from the list and to develop a newspaper article which describes how the invention was created, a practicle activity which would be enjoyed and related to the students day to day lives.



5. McKinnon Secondary College English Links


6. Pedagogy Sites


7. readwritethink Student Materials Comic Creator

  • http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/index.html This site is great if you are looking for a simple, quick and fun activity to fill time or as a reward for a busy lesson. Students can create a small comic by selecting a character (animal or person), adding scenery and props and (of course) text. The comic is in black and white so students have the option of saving or printing their comics and adding colour to them another way.

8. The Internet Classics Archive 441 searchable works of classical literature

  • [[@http://classics.mit.edu/ I|http://classics.mit.edu/ ]]I liked this site even though it is very plain in its presentation. This works, however, given the 'High Brow' nature of the classical works themselves it is an easy, straightforward way to find the appropriate Classical piece. Secondary English teachers could use this site while imbedding ICT's into their lessons. students could be free to browse and choose their own classical poet/playwright/author. This site gives only the classical piece itself with some including an introduction or Setting the Scene section. It has most of the famous (and not so famous works) plus a section where, if students can't find what they're looking for, there is a section to "Search' for titles. It has also been recently updated so teachers and students know they're accessing a reasonable site.

9. Interactive activities

  • http://www.interactive-learning.com.au/ This is a fairly extensive site and offers interactive activities, links and information across different curriculum areas. under 'English', I looked at the letter writing section which takes you straight the Australia Post interactive site. I like this because it is set up by a real company that students would encounter in the real world, the importance of which is supported by the 'Connectedness to the World' section of the Productive Pedagogies (Qld Dept of Education 2002, p23). Students can choose either the Primary or Secondary students tag so it's suitable for all school ages. I tried some of the links, however, and some are either out of date or not activated. There is a link to last year's National Literacy & Numeracy Week site. For this year's site go to http://www.nlnw.ed.au/

  • Jefferson County School. (2011). High School English - High School Curriculum Tools Retrieved 8 August, 2011, from http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/tools/english-hs.html#Interactive This website provides a large list of interactive games and quizzes for students of high school ages. Activities range from grammar, spelling, vocab and reading comprehension.
  • http://rdean6.edublogs.org/2010/08/09/ideas-for-using-computer-games-in-learning/ 3D games in English. This is actually an article ABOUT 3D games in English. There are some links to zip files which list activity and assessment ideas involving characters from games and their adventures. These activities could be modified to suit a character in a movie rather than a character from a game.

  • http://www.thelearningfederation.com.au/for_teachers/for_teachers_intro.html The learning federation provides teachers with digital cirriculum resources to suppport both teaching and learning. Inlcudes interactive multimedia resources, interactive assessment resources, collections of digital cirriculum resources, digital cirriculum resources from other parthner organisations and Teacher ideas for classrooms.

  • Schmidel, D. K. (2011). Quiz Hub Retrieved 8 August, 2011, from http://quizhub.com/quiz/quizhub.cfm This website has a few different online quizzes which have general vocab tasks for middle to high learning levels. They are great for a fill-in activity and the website also has a few quizzes for different subjects.

10. Shakespeare

  • T. A. Gray. (1998). A Shakespeare Biography Quiz Retrieved 8 August, 2011, from http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/quiz/bioquiz.htm This website provides a biography quiz of William Shakespeare. The content may not be overly relevant, but would provide some background knowledge for the students.

  • Cousins, A. D. (2009). The Shakespeare Encyclopaedia: The Complete Guide to the Man and His Works (1st ed.). China: 1010 Printing International Ltd.This hardcover book has an indepth contextual analysis of William Shakespeare, deconstruction of his plays (themes, characters, plot ect) and contains a select array of Shakespeare's poems and sonnets. By reading this book, you recieve a deeper insight into Shakespeare, the man & his motivation which is important when teaching English students Connectedness from the Productive Pedagogies framework. this understanding helps students with the deconstruction phase
  • Web English Teacher. (2010). William Shakespeare: Background Information & Teaching Ideas. Retrieved August 5, 2010, from http://www.webenglishteacher.com/shakespeare.htmlhttp://www.webenglishteacher.com/shakespeare.html This Website has liks to 18 of William Shakespeare's plays. Each link will take you to a page dedicated to one play with ideas for activities, lesson plans, assessment ideas and general resources
  • Gray, T. A. (2009). Shakespeare in Education. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/educational.htm#Courses
    T. A. Gray. (1998). A Shakespeare Biography Quiz Retrieved 8 August, 2011, from http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/quiz/bioquiz.htm This website provides a biography quiz of William Shakespeare. The content may not be overly relevant, but would provide some background knowledge for the students.
    This Website is poorly set out. However, the resources that are present on this site are indepth and helpful for teaching shakespeare to your students in all year levels.
  • AbsoluteShakespear.com (2005). Shakespeare Movies. Retrieved August 09, 2010, from http://absoluteshakespeare.com/trivia/films/films.htm
    Here is a list of all film adaptions of Shakespeare's plays. This will come in handy if you decide to create an assessment piece on the differences of the cinematography between multiple adaptions of these plays.

  • http://nfs.sparknotes.com/
    This link is to a series of 'No Fear Shakespeare' texts, also available as books and presents the original Shakespearean text of a selected number of plays alongside an modern or more simplified translation. This could be a useful resource if one wanted to get a basic understanding of Shakespeares texts.
  • The DVD 'William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet' is a brilliant resource for helping students understand the play. Firstly, since its a DVD its engaging to students, but also due to the way it has been modified to suit modern times. Students can relate to the characters better so they find it easier to follow the story line. The movie is rated M15+ so you may need parental consent, depending on what year level you would be using the DVD with. Also, if you were going to use it for an assessment item, it would probably be more suitable for formative assessment task, as some students may miss the in-class viewing of the movie. For example, if you made up a worksheet that students could fill out during the movie, then not only will they have to be following the movie but they will also have a record to jog their memories if they forget a certain scene later on.
  • Here's the reference for the DVD: Luhrmann, B. (Director), & Martinelli, G. (Producer). (1996). William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. [DVD]. California, USA: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

  • Macbeth teaching resources and links:
    This site has: YouTube clips, lists websites (resources), online copies of the play, quizzes, lesson ideas and activities. It also offers some handy resources for breaking down the text to help make it easier for students to understand.
  • EdTechTeacher. (2011). MacBeth. Retrieved August 7, 2011 from
    http://tewt.org/macbeth.html

  • The following pdf. is a short activity which allows students to recall information and demonstrate their spelling capabilities also. The worksheet is a fill-in-the-gaps activity which recognises Shakespeare's 'Big Hits'.


11. Novel Study


  • 'Shakespeare & Classic works in the Classroom - Teaching pre-20th Century Literature at KS2 and KS3,' is a book which can be used as a useful resource for secondary and primary school teachers of English. This book covers various key texts in pre-20th century literature such as 'The Odyssey', 'Hamlet' and 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. It integrates lesson ideas from the creative arts, allowing creativity in the classroom and offers explanations of the text in very basic and straightforward ways. It covers different syllabi topics offering primary and secondary lesson ideas for epics and myths, narrative poetry, Shakespeare, prose fiction and lyric poetry.
Carter, D. (2002). Shakespeare & Classic Works in the Classroom. London: David Fulton Publishers.
  • 'Perspectives in English Expression for 1971' is a book/document which offers teachers various questions to accompany a range of different novels often explored in senior english, from the classics and contemporary literature to ones with thematic approaches.
Benson, M., Jephcott, L., & Mayer, P. (1971) Perspectives in English Expression. East Brighton: Benejemay Publications.
  • 'Reading the World in Fiction - Ideas for Teaching Fiction years 7-12,' is a book which provides activities for students based on various novels, as well as offering descriptions of the plot, issues and themes, structure and language and other related resources.
Bechervaise, N. & Sneddon, H. (1995). Reading the World in Fiction. Sydney: St Clair Press.
  • 'Reading against Racism,' is a book which discusses various different novels, stories etc. which potentially allow students to look at different cultures and events throughout history. The materials suggested in this book would be good for discouraging racism in school and allowing english students to study literature whilst learning about other cultures and the state of the world outside of their home, school, city and country.
Evans, E. (Eds). (1992). Reading Against Racism. Buckingham: Open University Press.
  • 'Home' is a novel by Larissa Behrendt about a young girl and the lives of her aboriginal ancestors, the challenges her family faced and the damage they suffered as victims of a stolen generation. I think would make an interesting novel to study in Secondary English because it allows readers to learn about australian history, has in interesting structure and presents a number of issues and themes for literary study.
Behrendt, L. (2004). Home. St Lucia: University of Queensland press.
  • 'Queensland English Essentials' is a series of 3 books which talks about different unit topics and breaks them down into various activities for students, aimed primarily at grades 8-10. It also draws links to the essential learnings and explains the unit topics in interesting and understandable ways. The topics the units focus on are everyday texts, my identity and image, reading resources, versions of stories, novel studies, persuading the audience, making poetry, dramatic conversations, communicating procedures, presenting the news, readings of fantasy and moving worlds.
Trekloar, C. (Eds). (2008). Queensland English Essentials 1-3. South Yarra: Macmillan Education Australia.
  • 'Senior English NOW' is a book composed of sample activities and assessment pieces for students, based on various topics in the English discipline. It gives in depth explanations of different texts such as sample letters, poetry, newspaper article and various other literary texts. It follows these up with higher order thinking questions, discussion topics and exercises. Its simple, easy to understand and encourages critical thinking.
Quin, R. & Cody, W. (Eds). (1997). Senior English NOW. Melbourne: Addison Wesley Pty. Limited.http://goldcreek.act.edu.au/yara/ Reviews of details of teenage/Yound adult bookshttp://www.australed.iinet.net.au/MYP_Areas.html Fiction books for Middle Years
Why don't students read? - An article discussing why the majority of students don't bother reading nowadays. Interesting figures and statistics. Bhavsar, V. (2008). Why Students Don't Read. Retreived August 20, 2011 from http://tasctip.wordpress.com/category/students/why-students-dont-read/
Why students don't read what is assigned in class - A video which interviews students, asking them why they didn't bother reading novels assigned to them in high school and how they passed anyway. Heinemann Videos. (2010, March 15). Why Students Don't Read What is Assigned in Class [Video File]. Video posted to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gokm9RUr4ME
List of novels studied in high school - A list of the major novels that are used in high school. Hawthorne Math and Science Academy. (2008). Recommended Reading List. Retreived August 20, 2011 from hawthornemsa.enschool.org/ourpages/auto/.../recommended_reading.pdf

12. Grammar worksheets for High School students:

  • [[http://www.extraworksheets.com/hsgrammar.html s|http://www.extraworksheets.com/hsgrammar.html ]] This website doesn't just have resources for English classes, it covers most secondary teaching areas as well. This site has resources to support grammar, spelling and speech (oral presentations), all resources previously trialed and implemented within English lessons. Also there are numerous links to other websites with similar resources, which is great in case you find a certain worksheet doesn't suit your student's needs. I think this site will be especially useful to English teachers who are taking Vocational English classes or have students with special needs in their classes.

13. Books and Novel information for Upper Primary to Senior Secondary

  • http://www.scribd.com/doc/17120338/Novel-Selection-List This file has 62 pages of novels for a range of different reading abilities, contexts, genres and classroom needs.
  • http://www.johnmarsden.com.au/home.html This is the official John Marsden website which helped me when I had to gain some background knowledge on the author for prac.It also had other useful links like extracts from the book and novel assignments.
  • Ronald Dahl - http://www.roalddahl.com/index3.htm this link doesn't take you straight there but you can get there by clicking on the Roald Dahl links or go straight to www.roalddahl.com . Click on Books & Stuff which gives a list & blurb of books that can be implemented in English classrooms. Boy is a great autobiographical book for grade 8 english which depicts elements of Dahl's childhood and how his art has imitated life. Dahl, R. 1986. Boy. Oxford: Heinemann Educational. USQ Library: Juvenile Literature - Shelf no. DAH.

  • A Google Lit Trip is a visual representation of a novel. A Lit Trip can be used by the teacher to bring a novel to life as students are taken on a journey of discovery, following the path the characters of the novel take, or visiting landmarks important to the text. As an introduction to the text, Google Earth inspires students to read the novel, and used as an assessment tool
    http://slav.globalteacher.org.au/files/2010/08/Google-Earth-5.doc

  • When in school I had to endure both multicultural and identity studies in English that related to Australia. The novels we read seemed to have no relevance to the topics so I am presenting another reading option. 'Does My Head Look Big in This?', written by self declared Australian born Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian Randa Abdel-Fattah explores the life of Amal Abdel-Halim as she learns to deal with her various identities. Amal is a teenage Australian-Palestinian-Muslim who, like any girl, wants to be cool. This is hard enough without the added strain of wearing a veil and and getting in the 'bum's up' position at lunchtime at her catholic school. She isn't the only one having trouble though, she has two good friends, one who has serious body issues and one who's extremely intelligent, but whose parent are more interested in a marriage certificate than her high school certificate. Just to make things more interesting, the book is set around the time of the 9/11 Twin Towers tragedy (which happens in the middle of the book). The book looks at racism, self-esteem, body image, men's and women's rights and finding an identity as an Australian.Abdel-Fattah, R. (2005) Does My Head Look Big in This?. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd.

  • Another good book, also written by Randa Abdel-Fattah is 'Ten Things I Hate About ME'. This book looks at an Australian-Lebanese Muslim, Jamilah Towfeek who is hiding from herself. Because of the severe racial tension in her Sydney high school Jamilah had 'Anglicised' herself. To her classmates she's shy, blond haired, blue eyed Jamie. As she says in the book "I'd rather not deal with people wondering if I keep a picture of Osama Bin Laden in the shape of a love heart under my pillow". She has even distanced herself from her friends, one, who is willing to change her whole personality for popularity and one who's parents are going through a devastating break up. Add to this an overprotective father, a Charter of Curfew Rights, a protesting, hijab wearing sister, a Puffy Daddy try hard brother and racial riots similar to the Cronulla Riots. Covers similar issues as the first book, with the main focus on Jamilah's identity as an Australian.
Abdel-Fattah, R. (2006) Ten Things I Hate About Me. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd.

  • EdTechTeacher. (2011). Teaching English with Technology. Retrieved August 7, 2011 from
    http://www.tewt.org/

Teaching English with Technology is an American site with a great number of resources and many relevant texts which are used in the Australian curriculum. As well as this, the site lists many teaching activities and assessment ideas which can be easily modified to suit the Australian curriculum and its various themes.

The site is easy to navigate around; for example if you were searching for resources and activities for a particular book being studied in class, all the lesson ideas and resources are compiled on the one page which you can easily go through. Some of the tech-teaching resources included in Teaching English with Technology are YouTube clips, blogs, wikis and links to other educational websites.


14. Poetry


  • Datamuse. (2011). Rhyme Zone Retrieved 8 August, 2011, from http://www.rhymezone.com/This website would be a great tool for students to assist them to write their own poems, by searching for synonyms, and rhyming words. It acts as a dictionary, thesaurus and rhyming tool to generate ideas. There are also some other great resources from this website such as quizzes, and popular poetry.

  • www.onlinepoetryclassroom.org This site has resources for teachers such as lesson plans and guides, as well as assessment ideas. It also includes activities for students, interactive exercises and forums.

  • The book 'Seven Centuries of Poetry in English', as the title suggests contains a selection of poems from some of the most renowned poets from the last seven hundred years. For example, Sir Philip Sydney, John Donne, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Matthew Arnold, Emily Dickinson, W.H. Auden, T.S Eliot, Judith Wright and a selection of Shakespeare's sonnets
    . If you're searching for poetry or trying to show the progression of poetry over time this would be a great foundation resource.
- I have this book and have found it really great not just for my own reading but for use in the classroom. A lot of students tend to groan at the idea of poetry but this book is great as it has such a vast range to choose from (there has to be something they enjoy!)
Leonard, J. (Eds.). (2009). Seven Centuries of Poetry in English (5th ed.). Australia: Oxford University Press.
Poetic Devices Sheet - A simple and useful worksheet/handout for students. Defines and categorises the different devices used in poetry. Scholastic. (2005). Poetic Devices. Retrieved August 10, 2011 from teacher.scholastic.com/LessonPlans/pdf/april05_unit/PoeticDevice.pdf
Poetry Rap - A rap which explains the devices of poetry. So lame and daggy it might just work. Jackson, Omalley, Simon, Logan. (2008). A rap song for teaching poetry in Middle School: Learning elements of poetry in literature. Retrieved August 10, 2011 from http://www.educationalrap.com/song/poetry-for-life.html
Online poetry games - Online games to do with poetry, useful for getting students engaged. Gretchen. (2006, February 15). Online Poetry Games [Blog post]. Retrieved August 20, 2011 from http://sellerslibraryteens.blogspot.com/2006/02/online-poetry-games.html
Poetic Devices in Lyrics - An article discussing how to teach poetry though music lyrics. Music Lyrics. (2006). Poetic Devices in Lyrics. Retrieved August 20, 2011 from http://www.musiclyricsfyi.com/poetic-devices-in-lyrics.html
Poetic Devices in Songs Video - A video resource showing poetic devices in certain songs. Great resource to play students as it easy to follow and understand. rubyjeansmith. (2009, December 14). Poetic Devices in Songs [Video File]. Video posted to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySqyQAs1XtM


**TeacherVision: Poetry resources for teachers**

TeacherVision. (2000). Poetry resources for teachers. Retrieved August 14, 2011 from
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/poetry/teacher-resources/6657.html
- This website provides resources for teachers focusing on teaching poetry. It provides link to slideshows and worksheets for teaching the topic, as well as lesson plans and activities that work at linking poetry to other KLA's other than English, such as SOSE and science.

15. General Information


The Department of Education and Training. (2010). English Resources. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from http://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/area/english/index.html

  • http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=28261 ‘The Learning Place’ website contains numerous links in all curriculum areas that can be useful for developing teachers. Two areas that are particularly beneficial are the links under the ‘Pre-Service Teachers’ tab and also the cross-curriculum link under the ‘Resources’ tab.

Education Queensland. (2009, February 6). Resources. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=28261

  • http://education.qld.gov.au/learningplace/cx/ The Cirriculum Exchange Department offers the best available resources for learning through digital repository and contains : EduSites: evaluated websites relevant to teachers and students ,TIPS: teaching ideas, practices and strategies provided by Queensland teachers, EQ learning objects: interactive learning activities ,The Le@rning Federation (TLF) learning objects, TLF digital resources: video, image and audio resources from cultural institutions, Media bank: video and audio resources from EQ and Image bank: a collection of images that can be used for educational purposes.

  • from now on. (date unknown). from now on: The Educational Technology Journal. Retrieved August 1, 2011 from http://www.fno.org/fnoindex.html#Research

    • The 'from now on' online journal is an excellent resource for teachers. It provides easily accessible definitions of terms as well as engaging articles with tips and hints for curricular planning such as assessment, ICT incorporation and teaching students the skills to research. I have been able to use this resource in my university academics and i assume other students both of a secondary or tertiary level would be able to as well.

  • http://www.thelearningfederation.com.au/for_teachers/for_teachers_intro.html The learning federation provides teachers with digital cirriculum resources to suppport both teaching and learning. Inlcudes interactive multimedia resources, interactive assessment resources, collections of digital cirriculum resources, digital cirriculum resources from other parthner organisations and Teacher ideas for classrooms.
  • http://www.webenglishteacher.com/journ.html This site has an extensive range of recouses for teachers accross all learning areas of English
  • http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/- This site provides guides and walkthrough of the many various aspects of English. The site is directed at the senior schooling and offers not only teachers assistance but the pupils too.
  • http://www.professorgarfield.org/parents_teachers/links/comp_links.html
    : The Teacher’s Lounge – is a worldwide connection with other teachers and educators and a collaboration of multiple sites offering resources. There is a vast amount of literature, research, articles, lesson plans, strategies, electronic field trips, and printable instructional materials, both free and for purchase.
  • Danielson, L. (date unknown). The English Teacher: Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies.Retrieved 1st August 2011, from [[http://teacher2b.com/ This|http://teacher2b.com/ ]]
    This site offers english Teacher resources including teaching strategies, craetive writing, classroom discipline, teaching media and teaching literature.also offers personal insight on situations for beggining and establishing teachers from a more experienced teachers point of view which can be very reassuring at times. Quite informative if not necessarily heavily factual, well worth investigating.

  • Guilford, C. (2011). Paradigm Online Writing Assistant . Retrieved 1st August 2011, from
    http://www.powa.org/


    • This site assists both teacher and students in writing and provides the user with essential tips on improving their writing style. It offers information and skills for revising and editing writing as well as in-depth sections of mutiple essay formats and how to get the most out of a piece of writing. Excellent resource for senior students who are really striving to push their writing to that next level and are very self-directed.
  • Teacher Tube. (2010.) Teacher Tube: Teach The World. Retrieved 1st August 2011, from
    http://www.teachertube.com


    • This is an easily accessable website for teachers, in which anyone can join and upload/add resources for use in schools and classes. Different kinds of media is uploaded here frequently from video clips to audio materials to lesson plans. Not all resources provided by searches are functional or relevent to search terms, but otherwise for a free resource engine it is incredibly vast in its collection.

  • Read, Write, Think. ( date unknown). The Elements of Fiction. Retrieved 1st August 2011, from http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/lit-elements/overview/

    • This is an excellent site for both students (self-teaching) or teachers to display to a classroom on the literary elements of writing fictional stories. The online presentation is quite self-explanatory and contains alot of good information which would make it a valid resource for teaching. I would suggest it be used in a junior highschool environment, although advanced year 7's may be starting to develop certain elements from this presentation is their writing as well

  • eChalk. (2011). eChalk: Think Beyond the Building. Retrieved 1st August 2011, from
    http://www.echalk.com/


    • eChalk is a online learning environment that is available for use to students, parents schools and communities. The accessible and collaborative nature of the site makes sharing information easier and faster, enhancing learning both in and out of the classroom. I believethis site would be a great way for student's to seek feedback or clarification on learning, similiar to the online forums offered by university courses.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8aDTrU4ffk This youtube clip is of author David Foster Wallace. It is a 5 minute clip and is an excellent example of how much of a difference it makes when a writer uses creative language. David paints a picture for the listener with excellent characterization techniques. Really funny, useful mostly for years 10-12 English
  • http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/hero-journey-30069.html This interactive 'Hero's Journey' would be great for years 8 or 9, helping them with characterization and creative plot structure.

16. Digital Storytelling:

Explore digital storytelling in an educational context. The 'Getting Started' section offers a step-by-step approach to creating a digital story with tools discovered on the web. See examples of digital stories, evaluation techniques, and related resources. http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/


http://www.janeausten.ac.uk/index.html This resource is a link to Jane Austen's original manuscripts of her novels. This could be interesting for students to see a number of things including the writing/creating process of a professional writer- especially from the early stages of her writing to the final product.


60second Recap http://bit.ly/60secondrecap
60second recap aims to help teens engage with literature that they have read in school. The site provides videos to explain plot and themes, and provides a summary of each text.


The Middle Years Book Club allows students 10-14 years to share their love of reading by posting book reviews and participating in discussions and celebrations. From 25 October - 1 November, children's author Sandy Fussell will be answering questions in the Middle Years Book Club online project.
Enter the forum at to ask Sandy a question. For more information http://www.ozprojects.edu.au/course/view.php?id=21


A Royal Romance
http://www.enhancetv.com.au/shop/product.php?productid=162075&cat=0&page=1

17. Short Stories


This website is very useful for teachers designing lessons or a unit on short story writing for the secondary english discipline. The site offers a comprehensive range of online resources of teaching material for use with short stories including comprehension questions, ideas for discussion and interactive activities and games. What I particularly like about this website is it's inclusion of material which are presented with a recommended age range for those studying English as a first language or for those studying English as an additional language.

This source is presented by Kentucky Educational Television as a professional development workshop for educators approved for Professional Development Training by the Kentucky Department of Education. The training packet is targeted towards Secondary English teacchers and provides a detailed approach to teaching students to write short stories. Specifically, elements including character development, setting up conflicts, plotting and establishing a point of view are explored. The development package is presented by Dewey Hensely, a high school English teacher who has been named a Highly Skilled Educator by the Kentucky Department of Education.

This website features a detailed unit designed to be used by English and Reading teachers in the eigth grade. An objective of this unit is to provide classic short stories for study which are available on varying reading levels in the aim of providing all students equal exposure to quality texts. By doing so, this unit makes a conscious effort to bridge the gap which exists between high and low achievers in the English classroom. The unit exposes students to many elements of the short story by providing both reading and writing activities which revolve around each element.

This source details a comprehensive short story unit plan designed for a senior level of English students. This unit is very structured and provides explanations of materials required, activity time and an overview of concepts taught. This source is specifcally relevant for pre-service educators as it presents high standard examples of effective lesson plans that teachers can adopt and modify for themselves. I really like how each lesson provided incorporates a diverse range of learning activites which cater to most learning styles and also includes ideas for homeowrk activites and assessment.

Here is a document with a few links to youtube clips. The clips are of animations that can be used as short story writing prompts. Students may choose to simply re-create the clip as a written text or fill a gap or silence. Students have responded very well to the clips. (I do not own the clips)

18. English Games

  • Saints Alive. A Thinking Game based on the Cluedo characters Retrieved 8 August, 2011, from http://www.catholic-forum.com/churches/cathteach/Cluedo.htm
    This website demonstrates a thinking game for students to interact with during an English class, it's a great way to get the students thinking about perspectives and considering all options. The game is based upon the Cleudo game, with characters embedded within the narrative played by the students. Groups of students need to consider each characters narrative and discuss their answers to: The murderer, the weapon and the room.

Reading Australia:
http://readingaustralia.com.au/Home.aspx

Eq's online modules for How to teach reading (P - 10). You will need to join Scootle.
http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/pin/ISYVJM?userid=169440

Eq's online modules for How to teach writing (P - 10). You will need to join Scootle:
http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/pin/MJSTTK?userid=169440

Indigenous Perspectives through the English curriculum:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/course/indigenous-perspectives/id689895531