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Bamboozled: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the story 'Bamboozled'. Themes include those of curiosity, family, imagination, mystery, questioning and relationships. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, assessment tasks and suggestions about how students might respond creatively to the text.

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The Art of Taxidermy: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel The Art of Taxidermy which is a verse novel about sadness and loss, and the role of art in helping people manage challenges. Themes include connections to the natural world, grief, holding on to the past, relationships and vulnerability. This unit provides practical ...

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Becoming Kirrali Lewis: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel Becoming Kirrali Lewis. The novel follows the journey of a young Aboriginal teenager as she leaves her home town in rural Victoria to go to university. It explores the themes of Aboriginal history and culture, acceptance, adoption, belonging, coming of age, government ...

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The Boat: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the short story collection The Boat. Identity is a significant theme along with definitions of place, concepts of home, emotional and geographical dislocation, and trust. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and an essay by Catherine Cole

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By the river: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the verse novel By the River. The novel explores the tough and tender sides of growing up in a small country town with themes such as bullying, coming of age, connection to place, death, grief, identity and small town living. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment ...

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Follow the rabbit-proof fence: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the accounts of the Stolen Generations as told to Doris Pilkington by members of her family in Western Australia in the 1930s. The memoir imagines the historical experiences of Indigenous Australians prior to contact with European colonists and the experiences and consequences ...

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Jasper Jones: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel titled Jasper Jones. The novel is a coming-of-age story featuring a character growing up in a small country town in Australia in the late 1960s. This unit provides practical teaching ideas and an assessment task.

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Brontide: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel Brontide which is a coming of age story about four teenage boys. This unit provides practical teaching ideas and an assessment task.

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The Divine Wind: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support The Divine Wind novel which evokes an era of Australians caught up in the events of war and its effects. Its themes include coming of age, family, friendship, identity, love, multiculturalism, racism and war. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and ...

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Fox: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the book Fox which is a picture book that explores the themes of betrayal, friendship, jealousy, loneliness, loyalty and wilderness. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and an essay by Robyn Sheahan-Bright.

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It’s Raining in Mango: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel titled It’s Raining in Mango. Set in nineteenth century Queensland, it explores the theme of Aboriginal dispossession. This unit of work enables students to develop an appreciation of the relationship between critical analysis and the craft of writing. This unit provides ...

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Playing Beatie Bow: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel Playing Beattie Bow. The value of this novel study lies in the opportunities presented to explore the evolution of the English language, including the impact of new technologies on language and the genre of time travel. This unit provides practical teaching ideas and ...

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Mahtab’s Story: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel Mahtab’s Story. The novel focuses on asylum seekers and explores themes of courage, family, hope and resilience. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and an essay about the novel by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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Vampyre: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the picture story book Vampyre. The book is told from the point of view of a vampire who is entering young adulthood with the responsibilities that come at that time in life. It shows the struggle to be an individual and find your identity. This unit provides practical teaching ...

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Ubby’s Underdogs: the Legend of the Phoenix Dragon: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel Ubby’s Underdogs: the Legend of the Phoenix Dragon. The novel, set in Broome of the late 1940s, is mostly concerned with the activities of two teenage gangs and explores themes of courage and bullying. As a graphic novel, it offers opportunities to teach about symbolism, ...

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Just Macbeth!: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel Just Macbeth!. Using a group of Australian teenagers as the main characters, the novel plays with the themes of Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Macbeth. It explores themes of ambition, guilt and forgiveness, humour, trust and betrayal. This unit provides practical ...

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The Deep: Here Be Dragons: Unit of work

The Deep: Here Be Dragons is a graphic novel tells the tales of the Nekton family – a multiethnic family of Aquanauts who live on a submarine. It explores themes of discovery, family, hope, respect and the environment. This unit provides practical teaching ideas and an assessment task. This teacher resource provides practical ...

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Midnite: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel Midnite which is a good-humoured history of the exploits of bushranger Captain Midnite and his five good animal friends. This unit provides practical teaching ideas and an assessment task.

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The Lost Thing: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support The Lost Thing, a quirky picture story book about finding your place in the world. It explores themes of belonging, bureaucracy, conformity, dystopia and friendship. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and an essay by Gary Crew.

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Crafting character

This sample learning sequence explores the concept of character as well as the impact of point of view. Students will learn how character, first person point of view, events and setting are combined within the short story form to create a narrative that reflects particular values. Students explore how figurative language, ...