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Absolute Shakepeare
ADText
A guide to writing well: compiled by Joshua Sowin
A journey through Asia
AbleStable : serving the creative community
Aborigine News
All movie guide
Anime News Network
A place to think
Artmedia Publishing: contemporary Australian and New Zealand literary & performing arts
A. S. Byatt's Possession (Page for A. S. Byatt's Possession)
AudioOwl.com: your source for free audio books
Australian screen
Australian Poetry Centre
The Australian women's register
Bell Shakespeare
Belonging: a century celebrated
Blade runner: Tee-vee or not tee-vee
The blurb
Bright lights film journal
Bringing them home: learning about the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families
The Browning page
Celtx: media pre production: film, video, animation. machinima
Chasing Crusoe
Children and YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith
The works of Hans Christian Andersen
Cinematic terms: a film-making glossary
Clueless and Jane Austen's Emma
The collected works of Shakespeare
Comic book
Communications Law Centre
Contemporary postcolonial and postimperial literature in English
Critical lenses: literary criticism
Digital resources tagged with 'belonging'
Discovering Dickens: a community reading project
Eastgate
Edward R. Murrow: broadcasting history
English theatre
Essay writing
Euripides and his tragedies
Film Australia
Film, radio and TV. - 13, Film script terminology
Folger Shakespeare Library: a lively place for learning and the arts
GettyImages
Glossary of poetic terms from Bob's byway: a unique guide for the study of poetry
Google lit trips
Graphic novel reporter
Guardian Unlimited: children: once upon a time
Guide to grammar and style
Guide to writing a basic essay
Gumshoes, sleuths & snoopers: a crime fiction content database based on the George Kelley paperback and Pulp fictioncollection
Hamlet and Macbeth
Hamlet works
Heroes: unit plan [English online]
Heywire
Holocaust encyclopedia
Internet archive
Jane Austen Society of Australia: study guide: Emma becomes Clueless
Jeannie Baker: artist, author, film maker: welcome to my web site
J-Learning: your how to site for community journalism
John Fowles - the web site
Jump Cut: a review of contemporary media
The literary gothic
Locus online : news, reviews, resources and perspectives of science fiction, fantasy and horror
Long journey, young lives: an online documentary
Mark Twain in his times
Matt Ottley: author, artist, musician
Mem Fox
Mirror of the world: books and ideas
My storymaker
Nadia Wheatley
Narrative magazine
National Museum of Australia
Neil Gaiman
Nicki Greenberg
Norton anthology of English literature
Ocean planet: writings and images of the sea
OWL handouts: complete index by topic
Pacific stories learning
The Pardoner's tale (Chaucer: Pardoner's tale)
Peter Skrzynecki’s web site (Welcome to Peter Skrzynecki's web site)
Picturing books
Places of peace and power: the sacred site pilgrimage of Martin Gray
The poetry archive
Poetry magic
Poetry through the ages: an expressive journey
The questions of postmodernism
Refractory: a journal of entertainment media
RhymeZone
Richard Harland's writing tips
Robert Browning: An overview
Rodolphe Töpffer
Seamus Heaney - Cover page
Senses of cinema : an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema
Shakespeare and his world
Shakespeare illustrated
Shakespeare searched
Shakespeare: subject to change
Shaun Tan
Shrek
Spark Notes King Lear
Stagework
Summary Central
Teach with movies
Teaching the American 20s: exploring the decade through literature and art
Ted Hughes homepage
The Psychedelic 60s: literary tradition and social change
The word pool
The works of Hans Christian Andersen
The Third Man in the German classroom
Traveling in new directions: teaching non-linear picture books
Using English for academic purposes
Victorian literature overview
Wikinews: welcome
WildFilmHistory: 100 years of wildlife filmmaking

William Wordsworth: an overview
Witness by Peter Weir
Women in the literary marketplace, 1800-1900
Wordplay
Writer's handbook: the Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Writing clearly and simply
Writing effectively and powerfully
YMDI
YRCA sample book ideas - We all fall down

Absolute Shakepeare (external website)
An extensive site, this resource has information on the life and works of Shakespeare. It is print dominant with plenty of information, and includes the complete Plays and Poems, an annotated Timeline, Quotes in text order, a history of the Globe Theatre, links to Films, trivia, study guides, and Pictures. The latter is an interesting collection of paintings of performances, with the text that inspired the work. Summaries, character analyses, and commentaries on the plays are useful, particularly for students who may be struggling with Elizabethan language. The e-texts are invaluable for finding elusive quotations, and older students and teachers may find this method of text searching to be a time saving tool. Ideal to introduce an English Stage 4 research task, the site has clearly presented information that is easy to understand, and a friendly tone and appearance. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: English drama; English poetry; Shakespeare, William
PUBLISHER: AbsoluteShakespeare.com
REVIEW DATE: 4/8/11 [822.3] SCIS 1251511

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ADText (external website)
A superb resource for a study of advertising and culture, the site has multiple uses within English syllabuses and for the study of communication, work, and popular culture within Society and Culture Stage 6. The resource is a well laid out collection of articles, described as units on advertising, from the journal Advertising & Society Review. The articles, linguistically pitched at a semi academic level, are interesting and accessible for a high school audience and so liberally illustrated with cross-cultural graphics that the meaning should be clear to most Stage 6 students. Material includes information and opinion on advertising and multiculturalism, children, ethics, creativity, and socio-economic targeting. Teachers examining What is advertising? can quickly assess this terrific resource's viability in terms of content, tone, graphics and links. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Advertising
PUBLISHER: Advertising Educational Foundation, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/8/11 [659.1] SCIS 1422678

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A guide to writing well: compiled by Joshua Sowin (external website)
A compilation of writing tips, written by a web designer, makes this a general help site with some useful strategies for writing effectively. Students could most productively browse General principles and Usage principles. Information here will improveany writer's ability to select and use the most effective words for good communication. Laid out under a list of headings, using numbered points and in a friendly voice, the material will assist with the teaching and learning of factual and creative process writing. The author's tips are integrated with quotation examples from two of the world's best writing manuals, Strunk and White's The elements of style, and William Zinsser's On writing well. The site pays special attention to writing introductions and conclusions, and to the art of redrafting. Suitable to support the L4L laptop project, this resource will be helpful in a connected environment. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER:J. Sowin, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/8/11 [808] SCIS 1407568

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A journey through Asia (external website)
In 1992, Jason James travelled for four months by train, bus, car, and boat, through Asia. This site is his well written, edited dairy, in which he records descriptions and impressions of people and places, and cultural notes about differences. Illustrating the present tense text are sidebar photographs which add meaning and colour to the journey. James’ style is readable and informal, and this informative record of his journey would be useful for English students seeking support material for the Area of Study: The journey. The Introduction is well worth reading as it is explicit on change in the traveller’s perceptions. Teachers should be aware of some neutral observations about adult behaviours in Japan and Bangkok. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Asia; Diaries; Voyages and travels
PUBLISHER: Jason Thomas James, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/8/11 [950] SCIS 1187569

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AbleStable : serving the creative community (external website)
A community resource for creative arts, this web site is a very useful source of ideas and information for art, computing, and business students. In Articles, topics explain artists’ work in such areas as Business, Web design, and using the Internet. What’s new relates developments in the creative community, with a technological focus, and Tools contains useful artistic, mathematical, and technological online tools. The interactive Exhibitions uses photography and written text for excellent examples of web site design. Senior art students and English students will also find inspiration here. The site contains information for a variety of syllabuses, and teacher research will assess the full benefit of what is on offer. This will be time well spent. N. French
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English; HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Design & Technology Stage 6; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Software Design & Development Stage 6; Technology (Mandatory) 7-8;Visual Arts 7-10; Visual Arts Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Arts
PUBLISHER: AbleStable, UK
REVIEW DATE: 4/8/11 [700] SCIS 1183523

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Aborigine News (external website)
Part of the World News network, this site collects news stories about Indigenous Australia. The news stories on the front page are current, but there is also an extensive archive. The featured headlines are linked to the source newspaper running that particular story, along with the full text article. The site is helpful for investigating current affairs relevant to Aboriginal people and issues. The majority of external links to other sites, featured on the left hand bar, are good; though there is a concern about the authenticity and copyright of one link, Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal culture. Aborigine News is a useful site for both Aboriginal Studies and legal studies. The volume of information available, means users need to be focussed in their information search strategies. C. Dorbis
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Aboriginal Studies 7-10; Aboriginal Studies Stage 6; English Stage 6: Standard; Advanced; ESL; History Stages 4-5; Legal Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Aboriginal peoples; Australia - History - 1991-
KEYWORDS: Aborigine; news
PUBLISHER: World News, USA?
REVIEW DATE: 4/8/11

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All movie guide (external website)
An excellent resource for assessing individual films, this site works best with a Search by title, person, or keyword. Some of the other search options failed dismally at the time of review. Most film entries have a synopsis, review, and biographical information on cast and crew, offering a range of data that is difficult to find elsewhere. Every film on the English HSC text list is here. The extensive Glossary has nineteen sections, and Quick browse allows a film search by theme and country. Essays is a large collection of analytical and historical pieces, useful for teachers of film and Stage 6 students contemplating a film related Major work. Films represented here also include documentaries, television series, and concert performances. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Films - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: AMG , USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1187309

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Anime News Network (external website)
A site for anime enthusiasts, this comprehensive resource caters for knowledgeable fans, especially in the News and Views content. These sections will suit students creating or analysing anime for HSC projects. The site has information about film festivals and anime products, plus reviews and comment about anime. The most useful section for non experts, the Encyclopedia, will help teachers choose appropriate films for school use. Users will find a helpful Lexicon here, and a huge number of anime and manga texts listed, many with a plot summary, useful age rating and production data. Most of these texts are cross referenced to other websites, news items, and reviews. In the Forum, site users can discuss anime related events in Australia. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Visual Arts 7-10; Visual Arts Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Anime; Graphic novels; Manga
PUBLISHER:Anime News Network, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1340649

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A place to think
(external website)
The history of Australian documentaries from WWII to the present is the focus of this invaluable site. Watch - moving history presents a pictorial menu arranged in decades. Each decade contains an Overview that provides a context for specific documentaries. Selecting an image then allows access to numerous documentaries and storyboards. Radio National interviews relating to the featured documentaries are contained in Listen. Such a feature is useful in building background knowledge before viewing the documentaries. From Interact - street art, the user can listen to Interviews with artists and curators as well as viewing a Photo gallery of street art from Sydney and Melbourne. With its wealth of material, teachers would need to explore the site before classroom use to ensure that students do not deviate from the intended learning experience. Navigation of the site can be tricky for the novice. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6; History 7-10; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Art, Australian; Films, Australian; Documentary films; Street art
PUBLISHER: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
REVIEW DATE: 04/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1353589

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Artmedia Publishing: contemporary Australian and New Zealand literary & performing arts (external website)
Building a knowledgeable arts community with information on classes, artists, writers and e-books, this loaded site is a dynamic and informative hub for performance artists. Drama teachers may find the information on scripts useful, with references to contemporary Australian physical performance scripts. Dance film, in Physical TV, contains interesting visual material and may be of interest to students of Dance who are pursuing a study of technology and dance. With the site’s focus on live events, it is worth a visit for teachers interested in classes, contemporary ideas, and current practice. For senior students, the site’s material offers access to the latest happenings in local literary and performing arts. R. Kirsten
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS:Drama Stage 6; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australian literature - History and criticism; New Zealand literature - History and criticism; Performing arts - Australia; Performing arts - New Zealand
PUBLISHER:Artmedia Publishing, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [791] SCIS 1289971

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Art, storytelling, technology and education: resources for educators, parents, innovators (external website)
Advancing literacy and learning is the focus of Professor Ohler, particularly in the area of storytelling and teaching. His digital storytelling and education website is a collection of articles and material on the art of storytelling, technology and techniques, assessment and copyright, and a fair use perspective. In Projects, the successful Stories of culture and place has information on teaching storytelling to students, so that confidence and skills in telling and retelling, peer critiquing, performance, recording and editing is developed. Across the site, Ohler's notes about how to write digital stories are excellent reading for senior English students. For teachers, one particularly outstanding keynote presentation, in Presentations, is Beyond the essay: new kids, new media, new literacies, which focuses on transforming learning through digital creativity. The website is excellent professional learning for teachers embracing digital storytelling, and it integrates elements of Quality Teaching. D. Johnston
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Computers in education; Storytelling - Data processing
PUBLISHER: J. Ohler, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [808] SCIS 1438959

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A. S. Byatt's Possession (external website) (Page for A. S. Byatt's Possession)
Students of the Extension English elective, Postmodernism, should find value in this site. It offers a detailed Biography of A. S. Byatt, the award winning British writer, who has been referred to as a postmodern Victorian. Bibliographic lists of her works and secondary sources are also available from this site. Of particular interest is a comprehensive, alphabetical list of Annotations to intertextual references in her Booker Prize winning novel set for study. Some lengthy Essays on the writer and her work provide additional support material. Clearly presented, in an academic manner, this site has appeal for teachers and students. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: Byatt, A. S. Possession; English fiction - History and criticism
KEYWORDS: Byatt; postmodernism
PUBLISHER: San Jose State University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [823] SCIS 1092284

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AudioOwl.com: your source for free audio books (external website)
With hundreds of titles to choose from, plus clear download directions and an easy to use format, this site is an interesting source of audio books. Many of the texts are well known and copyright free editions. For the more unusual and lesser known books, the reviews accompanying them are a great addition. Teachers can search for particular choices by author, title and keyword. Teaching ideas can be investigated by genre or category, and through the recommendations listed with each title. Some books have more than one version. The site could be fruitfully used in English classrooms for extract study, with aural learners especially benefitting. Critiquing the reading itself could be an interesting exercise. Many of the classics on the current HSC list can be accessed, including Great expectations, Frankenstein, and Jane Eyre. S. Pollard
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Talking books
PUBLISHER: AudioOwl.com, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/07/10 [011]
*1461752* SCIS 1461752

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Australian screen (external website)
From The story of the Kelly gang(1906)to Kenny(2006), this site is a growing and dynamic collection of Australia’s film and television heritage. Containing over 1600 clips from media such as short films, feature films, newsreels, and advertisements, the site organises material by genre. An Indigenous page lists films with Aboriginal content. In Education there are many clips with teachers’ notes usefully categorised by topics such as values, and sport and health. Other content includes some valuable teaching resources. The site is a fine resource for film studies as the clips have curators’ notes and are cross referenced to similar resources. For a contemporary film such as Ten canoes, analytical clips from television movie shows, where the film is discussed and critiqued, support study of the film. Designed for international promotion and educational purposes, the site is a strong resource for schools. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA;English; HSIE
SYLLABUS:Aboriginal Studies 7-10; Aboriginal Studies Stage 6;English 7-10; English Stage 6; History 7-10; Modern History Stage 6; Photography, Video & Digital Editing CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Film industry - Australia; Films, Australian; Television - Australia
PUBLISHER:Australian Film Commission
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [791.430994] SCIS 1328716

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Australian Poetry Centre (external website)
Promoting the reading, writing and publishing of poetry, the site offers a national journal, a library of Australian poetry, poetry competitions, and some contemporary poetry. Program 2009 advertises realistic Online workshops for students and teachers of poetry. The site is still under construction, which can be frustrating, but Industry and resources has some useful information, such as advice on getting published, and there is a great practical resource for aspiring poets in the list of competitions in Poetry in education. Teachers who are interested in encouraging students in poetry writing and critiquing can elect to contribute ideas to the site and drive it forward. M. Davis
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australian poetry - Societies
PUBLISHER: Australian Poetry Centre
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [821] SCIS 1415148

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The Australian women's register (external website)
Presenting biographical data on women and their organisations is the ever expanding brief of this site. It is a rich and immediately rewarding source of online images and audio. Senior students pursuing a line of research or an identity in the field of women's studies may find the site is a superb resource for specific needs. It has material and links to topics such as women in wartime, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, sporting icons, and the Female Orphan Institution, and also to topics that are harder to find information on, such as female surfers at Manly in the early 1900s. The site is laid out in Explore themes and Browse. It can be helpfully searched by an A–Z list of occupations, events, artefacts and organisations. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 2; History 7–10; Modern History Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Women in Australia
PUBLISHER: National Foundation for Australian Women, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 15/03/10 [305.4] SCIS 1446548

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Bell Shakespeare (external website)
Designed to promote a love of Shakespeare, this excellent resource includes descriptions of modernised performances and plenty of visual material. In Resources, teachers can find a short Synposis of selected plays, a Photo gallery, useful director’s input in Programme notes, and Reviews. The website is well laid out with valuable evaluative information and visual imagery to help students interpret the plays. The site will usefully support Drama syllabuses due to its emphasis on performance. A highlight of the site is an entertaining presentation of student work in visually interpreting a Shakespearean phrase. Performances in 2006 include The tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and The merchant ofVenice. Educational resources for these and other plays were not online at time of review. F. Campbell
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: Drama 7-10; Drama Stage 6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: English drama - Study and teaching; Shakespeare, William - Merchant of Venice; Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet; Shakespeare, William - Tempest; Theatre - Australia
PUBLISHER: Bell Shakespeare Company, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/8/11 [822.3] SCIS 1251527

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Belonging: a century celebrated (external website)
A travelling exhibition for the centenary of Federation, this now archived resource explores how people did or did not experience belonging in Australia in the 20th century. The site has sections on People and Place, and subsections presenting a slideshow of images supported by quotations and sometimes audio and film clips. Topics include At work, Dressed to belong, Arrivals, Special places, Place in the world, and Not welcome. The latter has an audio of the White Australia dictation test for immigrants and it challenges students to take that test. The images include most aspects of Australian society, with a concentration on the working class activities that created a sense of community in 20th century Australia. There are Education kits for teachers and students K–12, and Sir William Deane's transcribed opening speech for the exhibition is a worthy document in itself as an English Stage 6 Area of Study: Belonging resource. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6; History 7–10; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Federation; Australia – Social conditions – 20th century; Australia – Social life and customs – 20th century
PUBLISHER: Centenary of Federation, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 25/03/10 [994.04] SCIS 1446539

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Blade runner: Tee-vee or not tee-vee (external website)
A segment of a larger site entitled 2019: Off world, this page presents a detailed essay on a perplexing film text. Focussing particularly on the impact of audiovisual media on modern and future societies, it presents a fascinating commentary. It concisely critiques the film in the light of the beliefs of a number of post modern theorists including Baudrillard, Foucault, and Friedberg, and all quotations cited are linked to bibliographic notes. While this essay is rather academic, it raises significant issues that relate to predominant themes arising in the film. Students engaged in a study of this text are likely to find the essay absorbing and thought provoking. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS: Blade runner; Motion pictures - Plots, themes, etc.; Motion pictures - Study and teaching
KEYWORDS: Blade runner; film
PUBLISHER: Jayme Guokas, USA?
REVIEW DATE: 8/8/03

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The blurb (external website)
A monthly online magazine, this visually appealing site has news and background information about arts and entertainment. The focus is national, but the site has some material regarding world events and Australian arts on the world stage. Within the categories of: Box, television; Flickers, film; Imprint, books; Soundscape, music; and Vis a vis, the visual arts, students can access articles, interviews, reviews and previews, all illustrated with engaging photographs. The site is current, reasonably well written, informative, and interesting to use. As a research tool for students, a search request can be used to find archived material. Searching for Arthur Miller, for example, leads to six magazine articles on the playwright’s life, death, and works. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: Dance Stage 6; Drama 7-10; Drama Stage 6; English Stage 6; Music 7-10; Music 1 Stage 6; Photography, Video, & Digital Imaging CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Arts, Australian - Periodicals; Mass media - Australian - Periodicals
PUBLISHER: TBM, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [790.205] SCIS 1213068

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Bright lights film journal (external website)
There is a good deal of interesting information about films on this site. The list of contents includes Actor profiles, reviews of films, film book reviews, Director profiles, movie stars and reviews of documentaries. Specific film genres, like Film noir, Horror, Music & musicals, and the silent film, can also be located. Film critiques and commentaries are detailed and cover cinematic techniques and effects as well as thematic concerns and characterisation. The website has a companion blog and other links. A list of films with related reviews and stills can be easily accessed and could be useful to English students searching for supplementary material for their HSC study. A number of the films are for adult audiences and teachers would need to preview material to ascertain appropriateness for classroom use. S. Richards
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Films - Periodicals
PUBLISHER:G. Morris & G. Battle, USA
REVIEW DATE:02/09/08 [791.4305] SCIS 1375694

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Bringing them home: learning about the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families (external website)
Updated and improved, this large site has much material that is well organised and categorised for student researchers. All the important documents and reports can be found here, including the Indigenous health campaign and Social justice reports, which show means to address disadvantage. International indigenous rightswill be useful for this aspect of study within Aboriginal Studies syllabuses. In Publications, a solid collection of educational resources includes the Us Taken-Away Kids magazineand the Bringing them home education module 2007, with personal stories and excellent notes on Jane Harris’ play Stolen. The Information sheet gives some background to the concept of social justice and it is a very good summary of this topic as it relates to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Site users should use the side toolbar to keep research focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS:Aboriginal Studies 7-10; Aboriginal Studies Stage 6; English Stage 6: Standard; Legal Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Aboriginal peoples - Civil rights; Aboriginal peoples - History; Aboriginal peoples - Social policy; Children, Aboriginal; Stolen generations
PUBLISHER:Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 SCIS 1167946

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The Browning page (external website)
For HSC students and teachers, this site offers limited use. While it presents hypermedia versions of some of Browning’s poems, only two of these are listed for the English: Stage 6 syllabus Extension course elective, The individual and society. The relevant poems are The bishop orders his tomb at Saint Praxed’s church and Andrea del Sarto. Within the texts of each of these poems are highlighted words that link to examples of Renaissance art works which may have inspired the writer. While these visuals are fascinating connections, there is little more for students who may be hoping for some analysis of the poems. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: English literature
KEYWORDS: Robert Browning; Literature; Victorian
PUBLISHER: University of Tennessee, USA
AUTHOR: G. Everett
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11

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Celtx: media pre production: film, video, animation. machinima (external website)
Celtx provides free software on this site, to plan, write, edit and publish a screenplay from beginning to end. It is a comprehensive program with the ability to track character development, narrative outlines, settings and locations, costumes, and props. Some aspects of the program are more complex than they initially appear, and teachers who have detailed knowledge of the software will get the most use from the site. Learning to use the techniques of the program is facilitated with easy to follow support videos in Feature tour and the inclusion of an extensive example of a film script of The wizard of Oz, complete with scene breakdowns and character profiles, budgeting and calendar. Components provide invaluable structure for developing writers. Features include formats to write scripts for screenplay, theatre or plain text; and storyboards with drop and drag images. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS:Script writing
PUBLISHER:Celtx, Canada
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808.2] SCIS 1295585

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Chasing Crusoe (external website)
A university student multimedia project, this interactive site looks at the fictional Robinson Crusoe, the real sailor Alexander Selkirk, and the history of explorers and Privateers around the South American coast. Marooned is an engaging trivia game based on shipwreck history and maritime fiction. The audio narration works well with an entertaining visual presentation, although the site has some navigational quirks. Small print is overcome with a right click of the mouse allowing site users to zoom in. The site is image dominant, with maps, drawings of ships, personalities, and some modern photographs of the real island. The site is an interesting example of a combined English and HSIE study using ICT, effectively modelling a multimedia fact and fiction comparative project. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:English; HSIE
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS:Adventure and adventurers; Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe; Pirates - History; Robinson Crusoe Island (Chile); Sailors - History; Selkirk, Alexander; Voyages and travels
PUBLISHER:University of North Carolina, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [910.4] SCIS1303729

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Children and YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith (external website)
Practical and very useful, the site has interesting material for teacher librarians and English teachers. Educational techniques, such as Bloom’s multiple intelligences, are directly linked to the author’s books: Indian shoes, Rain is not my Indian name, and Jingle dancer. In Children & YA literature resources, site users can find a large number of author and illustrator interviews, and annotated booklists categorised by theme and genre. Follow the links in What’s here to find writing and reading advice for teachers, a great collection of annotated print resources and website connections. The site is an extensive resource for the teaching and learning of reading and writing. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS:Authors, American; Children’s literature
PUBLISHER: C.L. Smith, USA
REVIEW DATE: 04/08/11 [813] SCIS 1340674

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The works of Hans Christian Andersen (external website)
An extensive and interesting site, this excellent resource offers translated fairy tales, stories, other writings, and information about the author. Teachers can locate biographical information in Life, and English translations in Jean Hersholt’s the complete Andersen. Detailed and evocative, Oskar Klever watercolours are beautifully depicted, as are young students’ illustrations in the Illustrations gallery, which is found in Miscellaneous. The site gives great access to Andersen’s Works, and can be used simply to read the fairy tales, or for a more academic study of both the tales and the adult stories of Andersen. In Research, some of the conference papers will aid an understanding of teaching the texts, while others could assist Stage 6 English students preparing a Major Work in this area. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Andersen, Hans Christian; Danish fiction - Biography; Danish literature - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: Hans Christian Andersen Center, Denmark
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [839.8] SCIS 1208774

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Cinematic terms: a film-making glossary (external website)
Extensive and interesting, the site is a terrific collection of cross referenced entries about film language and film making terms. Laid out in three broad columns, the site has the term, a detailed and readable explanation, and excellent visual and written examples of the term. This latter feature is a fine visual resource for students, and it demonstrates such things as the effect of high and low angle shots in a way that words alone struggle to do. Examples will also extend students' knowledge about film and popular culture. The site supports the L4L laptop project and use within a connected environment. The terms that students are most likely to encounter and use accurately are given, for example: cinematography, shots, framing, and angles. Having a visual example of these terms makes the site one of the best online film glossaries available to students. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6; Photographic & Digital Media 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS:Film making; Films - Terminology
PUBLISHER:American Movie Classics, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [791.4301] SCIS 1409485

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Clueless and Jane Austen's Emma (external website)
A segment of a more extensive site on Jane Austen and her work, this link contains content directly relevant to the English: Stage 6 syllabus, Module A, Elective 1: Transformations. This site focuses on the contemporary film and presents a bulleted list of Parallels with Jane Austen's Emma. It includes A student's paper on Emma - Clueless parallels, written by an undergraduate English student. A well conceived, informative essay, it would be of interest to HSC students studying this option. Further links provide a good deal of information on Austen, but require more exploration time to appraise their specific relevance. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS: Austen, Jane. Emma; Clueless (Motion picture); Motion pictures, American - History and criticism
KEYWORDS: Austen; Clueless; Emma
PUBLISHER: Republic of Pemberley, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1092245

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The collected works of Shakespeare (external website)
This very interesting site gives access to the works of Shakespeare in plain text and searchable HTML formats. All plays prescribed for the English: Stage 6 syllabus are available. This provides excellent, ready support for research, particularly when students have an obscure Shakespearean reference or allusion to investigate or place in context. The coordinator of the site has only given the HTML files cursory examination, so care would need to be taken before quoting. Navigation is simple and search instructions provided are comprehensive and useful. W. Bowie
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Standard; Advanced; Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: Shakespeare, William
KEYWORDS: Shakespeare
PUBLISHER: J M Farrow, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11

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Comic book (external website)
An encyclopaedic site, this resource defines, examines, and critiques comics. It is especially useful for teachers researching the history and societal context of comic books. Comics will take site users on an intriguing genre journey, with links such as Sequential art, Science fiction, and Romance, leading to large amounts of interesting information. Assisting the ongoing debate about the definition and educational use of Graphic novels, the site lists suitable library titles, and provides information about their history and their validity as texts. Most of the site is student appropriate, although so intriguing that the attention is easily distracted. Teachers should be aware of a small number of links to adult content. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Visual Arts 7-10; Visual Arts Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Comics - Bibliography; Comics - Reviews
PUBLISHER:
Wikimedia, USA
REVIEW DATE:
4/08/11 [016] SCIS 1186307

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Communications Law Centre (external website)
An independent organisation specialising in promoting public debate of media and communications law, the CLC aims to present contemporary issues on its website. The simple layout and use of headings will help students find material. There is plenty to find; the site has extensive lists of online legislation and resources related to such topics as Free speech & defamation. One article here is a submission to the Attorney General concerning proposals for a national defamation law. In Broadcasting, another article covers commercial radio standards and case law. For Legal Studies students, the site is a treasury of links, and it demonstrates how lobby groups try to influence law makers. For English students who are investigating the media’s role and influence in society, the site offers some useful analysis and commentary on the behaviour of media operators. P. Sheppard
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 2; Legal Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Law - Australia; Lobbying - Australia; Mass media - Law and legislation; Telecommunications - Law and legislation
PUBLISHER: Communications Law Centre, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [343.94] SCIS 1316612

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Contemporary postcolonial and postimperial literature in English (external website)
Looking at the colonies of the British Empire and the social, historical and political influences on authors currently writing in these countries, the site is a comprehensive collection of material for English and History teachers. For English teachers, entering authors’ names into the Search tool is an efficient way to access site information. This reveals analytical material specifically useful for English Stage 6 syllabuses dealing with Keri Hulme’s The bone people, A.S. Byatt’s Possession, and David Malouf’s An imaginary life. Postcolonial theory is a detailed set of ideas which has limited application in English classrooms, but for English Stage 6: Extension 2 and professional development, this is an exceptional resource. History teachers investigating the site by country, including Australia,may find the articles and opinions in History, Political context and Religion, useful for supplementary material, as the site strongly emphasises literature in historical context. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced; Extension 1; Extension 2; HSC History Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS:English literature - History and criticism; History in literature; Imperialism in literature; Political science in literature
PUBLISHER:G. P. Landow, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [820.9] SCIS 1296779

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Critical lenses: literary criticism (external website)
This terrific American site has a huge number of links to sites about literary theory and criticism. Arranged in a linear collection of headings, the site’s simple layout aids investigation of its intriguing and complex material. The site looks at the major theories, including structuralism, postmodernism, New Criticism, and reader-response criticism, as well as a wide range of literary areas such as multicultural/world literature, young adult literature, and genre studies. The site has WebQuests which apply critical perspectives to Frankenstein, Heart of darkness, and The last moments of Lady Macbeth. Some WebQuests involve historical topics, such as Effects of the industrial revolution. Teachers investigating this site will come up with some fabulous material and ideas for classroom work on literary criticism. It will be especially useful to teachers and students of the English Stage 6: Extension 1Module: Texts and ways of thinking, the English Stage 6: Advanced Module: Critical study of texts, as well as the English HSC Preliminary course. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced;English Stage 6: Extension 1; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Criticism
PUBLISHER: www.teachingliterature.org (external website), USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [801] SCIS 1272032

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Digital resources tagged with 'belonging (external website)' (external website)
An online collection of film clips to support teaching the concept of belonging across Australia, the site identifies the most suitable Year level and subject area for each resource. For the current English Stage 6 Area of Study: Belonging, the clips are: Cuc Lam's suitcase; Dreamings, through Indigenous art; Family life in Geelong; Lighthouse keepers and their families; Lowitja O'Donoghue, the Stolen Generation; Matisse & Islam; Mining Bougainville; Online communities; a journey to Vanuatu; television soap operas; and Working to play in a rock band. The clips are accompanied by a synopsis, production data, a list of tags for the parent site, background to the film's content, links to further resources, and classroom activities. The latter are written by media educationalists who are identified in Resource writers. The clips would present very well on an IWB, offering a fine opportunity for a teacher led discussion on analysing what characterises a good English Stage 6 Belonging resource and what can be said about that resource in HSC terms. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7–10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Connectedness (Psychology) in films; Films, Australia – History and criticism; Human relations in films; Self-perception in films; Social groups in films
PUBLISHER: Screen Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1447032

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Discovering Dickens: a community reading project (external website)
The website provides a wonderful opportunity to experience three Charles Dickens novels - A tale of two cities, Hard times and Great expectations -as they were originally printed and illustrated, in the form ofserial publications. The site includes a short biography of Dickens and background information, notes on the chapters covered, a key to allusions and definitions of unusual words and expressions. There is information about the historical and economic context including Dickens' social concerns, and prevailing attitudes in Victorian society. The site provides in-depth information to facilitate the reading and understanding of these novels in their social and historical context. The site's treatment of Great expectations is especially useful for the new English Stage 6 Area of Study: Belonging.S. Richards
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:English fiction - History and criticism; Family relations - Fiction; Great Britain - Social life and customs - 19th century - Fiction
PUBLISHER:Stanford University, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [823] SCIS 1374047

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Eastgate (external website)
With the advent of new technologies, the nature of texts is changing dramatically. This useful site provides a forum for hypertext writers as well as a place to purchase software. Subscriptions for TEKKAmagazine are available and the free demonstrations of Storyspace and Tinderbox, a personal content manager, will pique interest. These online tools provide hypertext graphic structures and a means of organising notes, ideas and plans. Tools for information farmingand Hypertext resources provide useful material for students. English Stage 6 students may find this easily navigable site to be a valuable springboard for their own processes of composing imaginative texts. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; TAS
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 2; Information Processes & Technology Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Computers in education; Databases; Interactive media; Literature; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER:Eastgate Systems, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [005.75] SCIS 1304133

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Edward R. Murrow: broadcasting history (external website)
An exciting resource for the study of American history or journalism, this site explains and illustrates the impact of one of the most vibrant media personalities of the 20th century. Biographical information and recordings strongly support the Modern History Options: USA 1919-1941 and William Randolph Hearst 1863-1951, and to a lesser extent, Conflict inEurope 1935-1945. Audio reports from the heart of the conflict in WW11 Europe are very interesting, but Murrow’s articulate denouncement of Senator McCarthy is an outstanding piece of television history, now available online. Modern History students will gain a fine appreciation of anti-communism and anti-unionism through the site’s material, including some contemporary analysis of Murrow’s work. Related stories and links offer solid avenues for History students to pursue research. For English Stage 6: Extension 2 students, the site could inspire a Major work on a related topic, such as history and journalism. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 2; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Journalists - Biography; Murrow, Edward R.; Radio journalism - History
PUBLISHER:National Public Radio, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [070.92] SCIS 1242053

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English theatre (external website)
The site’s purpose is to create a greater understanding of how a play goes from page to stage. Despite the obvious focus on the Canadian experience, it should prove useful for Australian educators. There are some interesting Activities, including script creation, characters and conflict, and some useful materials on Shakespearean verse. Infozonehas a handy glossary. Also available are study guides on recent NAC English Theatre productions, such as Hamletand other plays of international interest. One particularly interesting feature is the video interviews with theatre professionals accessed via Playwright’s corner, Director’s table, Actor’s green room or Design and productionfor the desired focus. P. Gilchrist
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS:Drama 7-10; Drama Stage 6,English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Theatre - Production and direction
PUBLISHER:National Arts Centre, Canada
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [792.02] SCIS 1348227

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Essay writing (external website)
Using a straightforward checklist approach, the site is an introduction to essay writing. Part of an academic support series, the site is useful for illustrating essay techniques and structure to older students. The standard process for writing is briefly described in generic terms, making the site appropriate for the varying requirements of each KLA. Sample essays are also cross KLA and these are accessible models for students. The resource is simply written, clear and clinical, with limited appeal for individual student use, but with strong potential for IWB use. A teacher directed scroll through the list, with the cursor revealing a little more information on each point, is a sound essay revision activity, especially for students who need to talk through the process. The site has an interesting mind map example for essay planning. There is one link, to a more detailed PDF on Analysing the question, and this could be investigated by experienced essay writers. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: ESL
SCIS SUBJECTS: Essay; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER: James Cook University, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [808.4] SCIS 1437848

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Euripides and his tragedies (external website)
Dedicated to a significant ancient Greek tragedian, this site contains detailed biographical information on Euripides' career and art. Of particular interest to Stage 6 English students engaging in the Extension 1 course option, Revenge tragedy, is Medea which provides a summary and analysis of the play. The age of Euripides offers valuable information on the political and religious context in which the play was composed, and Peculiarities of Euripidean drama captures the essence of this particular style of early Western drama. Biographical material and a range of further links make this a worthwhile online resource for students and teachers. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English; CA
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension ; Drama Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Euripides - Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Greek drama - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: TheatreHistory.com, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [882] SCIS 1101891

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Film Australia (external website)(National Film and Sound Archive) (external website)
The site provides a strong and structured resource for teachers wishing to access a comprehensive audio visual record of Australian life. A myriad of films, fiction and non fiction, are listed, with varying degrees of analysis. Film Australia library offers a variety of methods to access and pay for the material. Online Teaching notes offer quality resources for selected films. These include the large number of Film Australian biographies, and such resources as the Bush mechanics review: teaching with an Aboriginal perspective. The notes are syllabus related, content reflective, and provide apt questions pertinent to students. Resources provides an accessible preview of the television production Twentyfour seven. K. Ashley
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: CA; English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Film making; Films
PUBLISHER: Film Australia
REVIEW DATE:
4/08/11 [791.430994] SCIS 1114224

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Film, radio and TV. - 13, Film script terminology (external website)
For teachers seeking an accessible list of definitions used in the construction and deconstruction of film scripts, this site provides definitions and examples of terms in sequential modules. Examples include terms used for transitions, shots, and angles. Large photographs and illustrations support the written text. Links to Actual film scripts and script writing software are given. The site is text dominated, but information is well written and presented in a clear layout. The site is very easy to understand, and will be useful for all Stage 6 English students. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Film scripts - Terminology
PUBLISHER: CyberCollege, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808.2] SCIS 1179981

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Folger Shakespeare Library: a lively place for learning and the arts (external website)
A world class research centre on Shakespeare and his historical context, the Folger Library is a brilliant collection of Shakespeare’s life and work, and contemporary issues in teaching and learning about Shakespeare. In addition to the thorough biographical and contextual material, site users can research primary source texts and images. For example, for English Stage 6 there is an illustration of the front page of an early map, relevant to The tempest. Issues of race and culture are discussed in the lesson plans and study guides. The academic sections of the site are an invaluable mine of information and ideas, and the site has much practical material for online and offline activities in English K-6 in Shakespeare for kids. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL:Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: English drama; English poetry; Shakespeare, William
PUBLISHER: Folger Shakespeare Library, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [026.82233] SCIS 1251449

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GettyImages (external website)
A photographic library with multiple uses for schools, this site gathers images from sources such as Dorling Kindersley, and groups them under Creative, Editorial, and Film headings. Material is well organised, but time is needed to become familiar with how the site operates. Its sheer size compromises the efficiency and speed of research. By exploring the detailed search facility, students and teachers could turn up some gems in still and video images. The ability to search by concept will be useful. The site has some interesting images, for example, photographs of the new Globe Theatre in London and a 17th century drawing of the original. Some images are usefully annotated. See Rights managed and Royalty free for quick access to the collections. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6; Photographic & Digital Media 7-10; Photography, Video & Digital Imaging CEC Stage 6; Visual Arts 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS:Computer graphics; Photographs - Collections; Pictures
PUBLISHER:Getty Images, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/8/11 [779] SCIS 1318117

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Glossary of poetic terms from Bob's byway: a unique guide for the study of poetry (external website)
The site is a simply presented A-Z list of poetic terms, which students may find useful for understanding and appreciating poetry. The list is long, with many obscure words, but definitions are fairly short and succinct. There is extensive cross referencing of terms, which is helpful for students. Short examples are incorporated with the entry, and longer examples, such as whole poems, are hyperlinked to take users elsewhere within the site. Examples are clear if they are studied rather than simply scanned. Material does not include poets, but it does explain schools and movements. For each definition, the author develops an angle related to the term, such as the difference between a metaphor and a simile. Students may appreciate these notes as they explain beyond the definition. Suitable to support the L4L laptop project, this resource will be helpful in a connected environment. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Poetry - Dictionaries
PUBLISHER:R. G. Shubinski, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [808.103] SCIS 1407609

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Google lit trips
(external website)
Virtual journeys of literary characters are presented in this exciting and innovative website. Students can follow a previously developed Lit trip or develop a virtual map to designate the journey of literary characters by placing markers on Google Earth. These markers may be populated with additional resources relating to that site and the story. The website is easy to navigate and a Getting started tutorial offers clear directions. Previously developed Lit trips are divided into learning stages. It is essential that teachers check all downloads are available on the computer to ensure all facets of the website function correctly. An interesting site, it will motivate and engage students as they investigate stories and develop their own content and ideas relating to novels' characters, time and place. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Characters and characteristics in literature - Maps; Literature - Study and teaching; Literature - Webquests
PUBLISHER:   Google, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/02/10 [808] SCIS 1426993

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Graphic novel reporter (external website)
Aimed generally at graphic novel readers and educationalists, the site provides specific information for school libraries, especially in Resources. Here, teacher librarians can investigate Great GNs for teens, GNs in the library, and peruse the useful Manga glossary. The site has plenty of Reviews, and helpful material about children's graphic novels can be found in Interviews within Creators. There are news items, ample lists, reading guides, and visual attractions on the site. It is suitable for senior Creative Arts students and English students who are creating a graphic novel or writing a critical analysis of the genre for English Stage 6: Extension 2. The site is a very handy resource for understanding graphic novels and for exploring the genre in depth. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Visual Design 7-10; Visual Design CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Graphic novels - History and criticism; Graphic novels - Reviews
PUBLISHER: Book Report, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [809] SCIS 1427050

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Guardian Unlimited: children: once upon a time (external website)
A vibrant and extensive source of information on contemporary books and literary ideas, this site has plenty of excellent material for teachers and English students. Material includes articles and reviews on children’s and young adult novels, and multiple Podcasts with authors such as Eoin Colfer and Michael Morpurgo. Poetry workshop, with solid information and serious composition ideas from many poets, is a fine tool for senior students. A strong feature of the site is Authors. Thissection is packed with profiles, each with a terrific link to Useful sites and writings online. Patience with the site is required as the layout is relatively busy, but there is plenty of information to be found. J. Webber & C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 3Stage 5 Stage 6Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Children’s literature - Reviews
PUBLISHER:Guardian, UK
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [809.3] SCIS 1306204

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Guide to grammar and style (external website)
Using a personal, friendly tone and a mix of colloquialisms and linguistic terminology, the site is pitched at older readers seeking advice on writing and grammar, and strategies for writing effectively. The author's stand is to describe things that work, as opposed to grammatical prescriptives of right and wrong ways of writing. The site lists words, terms, usage problems and grammatical terms in an A-Z list. For example, whether to use a or an, thator which, and it explains the use of commas, plurals, and quotation marks. Some entries are excellent descriptors for high school students, and some are not. Students would best use the site by looking up a specific problem that they encounter in writing. The site will only suit students who aspire to write well. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:English language - grammar; English language - Style; English language - Usage; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER:Rutgers, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [828.2] SCIS 1407574

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Guide to writing a basic essay (external website)
Beautifully laid out for novice essay writers, the site has numbered and precise points that show students how to organise and write above average essays. Some students will love this precision, and all writers will appreciate that the site has some interesting ideas about the writing process. In very clear steps, appropriately worded for a young audience, the site takes students through the processes of drafting an Outline, establishing a Thesis, and writing an Introduction, Body and Conclusion. The site displays a nice touch in Finish, where students are shown how to check their essays for coherence and formatting. In Sample, the principles are helpfully demonstrated in a basic essay. The site suits use within a connected environment and the L4L project, and it is an excellent cross KLA reference for beginning essay writers and senior students who are revising the art of good, purposeful writing. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English K-6; English7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Essays; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER:Lycos, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [808.3] SCIS 1291953

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Gumshoes, sleuths & snoopers: a crime fiction content database based on the George Kelley paperback and Pulp fiction collection (external website)
Using readers’ contributions, this highly useful and visually appealing database offers an intriguing look at 185 detective and mystery novels written between the 1930s and 1960s. The site is structured around a comprehensive search facility which includes lists of settings, times, subjects, characters, and author. It will be useful for the English Extension 1 Elective: Crime fiction study of The big sleep and for student investigation of supplementary texts. Cover artists are included, and the genre’s sometimes risqué front and back covers are clearly depicted. The covers are interesting examples for the Visual Design Modules: Illustration and cartooning and Publications and information. Clearly laid out information for the texts includes an extensive plot summary, an annotated major character list, discussion of sexuality, gender roles, and psychological elements. F. Crum
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 1; Visual Design Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Crime stories - History and criticism; Detectives - Fiction - History and criticism; Mystery and suspense stories - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: University at Buffalo, State University of New York
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [809.3] SCIS 1219640

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Hamlet and Macbeth (external website)
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2004 productions of the tragedies of Macbeth and Hamlet are vibrantly presented on this exceptional website. Material focuses on explaining performance processes, and Staging choices offers performance footage, interviews, and production ideas. Line delivery and different historical contexts are explored in Language and themes. In rehearsal examines the staging of specific scenes, while specific characters can be examined in Characters and relationships. For teachers contains many engaging teaching activities. This dynamic website supports the study of transformations in English, and it is a terrific resource for Drama teachers and students. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA;English
SYLLABUS:Drama 7-10;English 7-10; English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS:English drama - History and criticism;Royal Shakespeare Company; Shakespeare, William - Hamlet; Shakespeare, William - Macbeth; Theatre - Production and design; Wright, Mandie
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [822.3] SCIS 1259149

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Hamlet works (external website)
Supporting a prescribed text within HSC English, this siteis a useful resource. It provides a close evaluation of the language, content and construction of the play. This site reveals that Hamlet is far from being a stable text as there were a number of early versions which editors have tended to conflate. Each line in the play can be searched for commentary and textual notes made over the centuries by famous critics. There are facsimile versions of Hamletwhich can be compared using a split screen. Concordances offers a search to find the appearance of words in different versions of the play. The site is a valuable scholarly resource that allows for historical and comparative analysis of various versions of Hamlet.Students can read different versions of a scene or analyse the impact and symbolic functioning of particular words. There is rich opportunity for classroom discussion about Shakespeare's language and his craft as a playwright. E. Chase
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS:Shakespeare, William. Hamlet.
PUBLISHER:Hamletworks.org, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [822.3] SCIS 1381880

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Heroes: unit plan [English online] (external website)
Teachers and students undertaking a study of the film text When we were kings should find this site a useful starting point. Composed in a simple manner, it offers a range of possible teaching and learning activities. Although devised for the New Zealand education system, it has application to the English: Stage 6 syllabus Extension course elective, The language of sport. It presents several practical suggestions for individual and group tasks. There is a significant focus on language, and links to other sites that contain a number of varied reviews on the film, along a vast range of sites dealing with film theory. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 1
SCIS SUBJECTS: English language - Study and teaching; Motion pictures - Reviews; Motion pictures - Study and teaching; When we were kings
KEYWORDS: Heroes; unit; When we were kings
PUBLISHER: New Zealand Ministry of Education
AUTHOR: Warwick Downs
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11

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Heywire (external website)
Heywire is a forum for non-urban youth, and this site is the short story competition arm of an ABC initiative. Written by young adults who live in regional Australia, these award winning Stories, written for radio, relate to life outside the cities. There are many stories, all with a word count under 400. They are laid out in state groups going back to 1998, and they can be read or listened to online. Access Teacher’s notes to read an analysis of each story; some of which solidly support classroom work. Selected narratives would make excellent supplementary material for the English Stage 6 Area of Study, especially in the ESL course, due to the concise and well-written expression of themes and content. MP3 audio tips for constructing a story, found in How to, are an excellent English resource. Details about the 2007 short story writing competition were not online at time of review. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6: ESL; Standard
SCIS SUBJECTS:Adolescents in Australia; Australian short stories; Country life - Australia; Writing (Authorship) - Problems, exercises, etc.
PUBLISHER:ABC, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [994.07] SCIS 1101482

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Holocaust encyclopedia (external website)
Comprehensive information about the Holocaust is provided by this site. Entries in Articles A-Z are an excellent and detailed collection. They often include historical film and audio material. The site is large and inclusive of every group which suffered under the Nazis. For example, Mosaic of victims, includes the Roma, Homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Poles. Also here is graphic information on the Celmno prison, which English Stage 6 students reading Briar Rose should investigate. The site provides animated maps of The Holocaust and World War Two, and Personal histories from the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The site has credence for History students and teachers researching this time, with exceptional material onsite and a huge number of annotated links. It has special relevance to National studies: Germany 1918-1945 and International studies in peace and conflict: Conflict in Europe1935-1945 in Modern History. E. Searle
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Holocaust, Jewish, 1939 - 1945 - Encyclopaedias
PUBLISHER: United States Holocaust memorial Museum, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [940.53] SCIS 1217329

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Internet archive (external website)
There is free access to this internet library's collections, and its depth and breadth could keep site users browsing for hours. The site has over one million works in Audio, Moving images, software, Web pages, Texts, and the Live music archive. There is a multitude of school related media, such as sport videos, animations, Groks science show episodes, war propaganda films, youth media, picture books, and plenty of contemporary music. Education contains courses and video lectures. The top search bar allows searching within multiple genres and is a handy feature given that it will take users a while to gain a sense of the site's content and its categorisations. About IA has a lovely rationale for preserving works, especially those from the digital age. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 6Professional
KLA:CA;English; Science
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6; Music 7-10; Music Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS:Archives; History; Libraries
PUBLISHER:Internet Archive, USA
REVIEW DATE:1/08/11 [025.04] SCIS 1218879

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Jane Austen Society of Australia: study guide: Emma becomes Clueless (external website)
While there is a plethora of material available for the English Stage 6 Elective: Transformations regarding the texts Emma and Clueless, this is a very useful site for teachers and students. Basically an essay, the site explains how the 19th century text has been made relevant to a contemporary audience, discussing the major issues in a concise and accessible manner. It also looks at the different forms of film and prose fiction, and gives quotations and references to support each point made. It is a clear summary of this elective. There are links to the syllabus, ideas on the concept of transformations and a Clueless overview. The site is text rich with limited illustrations, but it is an excellent resource for developing students’ understanding of both texts. There is also some information on Pride and prejudice, specifically for the English Stage 6 Elective: The individual and society. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL:Stage 6
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English Stage 6: Advanced; Extension 1
SCIS SUBJECTS: Clueless (Motion picture); English fiction - History and criticism; Films, American - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: JASA, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [823] SCIS 1251539

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Jeannie Baker: artist, author, film maker: welcome to my web site (external website)
Baker's very distinctive picture books have been highly acclaimed. Her unique collage pictures integrate various materials, especially from nature, and they complement her primary theme exploring human relationships with the natural world. The site presents biographical information, interview transcripts, and details on the publications. Picture books reveals bibliographic information and a brief synopsis of each book. Belonging, and its companion, Window, are featured and these are valuable additional resources for the English Stage 6 Area of Study: Belonging. Focus offers a more detailed analysis of each of these books. Appealing to a wide age range, these publications are exquisite artistic creations that will challenge and cultivate a reader's skills in visual literacy. C. Sly
USER LEVEL:Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Illustrators, Australian
PUBLISHER:J. Baker, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [A823] SCIS 1062500

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J-Learning: your how-to site for community journalism (external website)
A proactive site for the creation of community websites, this resource will help students plan, build, present and promote such a website. It will help individuals and groups with media projects, specifically the design and construction of web technology. Layout is teacher friendly, and junior students would benefit from being directed to certain aspects of the site rather than going than straight to the home page. The explicit subheadings are very useful. A list of topics is clearly displayed in the Site map, thus helping teachers identify aspects of the site that are most relevant to their students. The article on Using a databaseis one example. Information includes such topics as preparing photographs and images for the website, audio, video, animation and blogs. J. Webber
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Community Professional
KLA:CA;English; TAS
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Information & Software Technology 7-10; Visual Design 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS:Electronic publishing; Journalism - Computer-assisted instruction
PUBLISHER:Philip Merrill College of Journalism, USA
REVIW DATE:4/08/11 [070.5028] SCIS 1306128

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John Fowles - the web site (external website)
A number of areas of interest relating to the literary works of the modern British writer, John Fowles, are available on this site. Of particular interest to HSC students are the links to a Biography of John Fowles, and The novels of John Fowles, which includes a detailed summary of his successful and popular novel The French Lieutenant's woman. There are also recommended books on this author and E-mail listings for Fowles fans wishing to communicate with others pursuing studies on specific books. All links are clearly displayed and readily accessible, providing a useful springboard for students’ research. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: Fowles, John
KEYWORDS: John Fowles, USA
PUBLISHER: Bob Goosmann,
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11

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Jump Cut: a review of contemporary media (external website)
For those wishing to explore the representation of class, gender and race in the media, this commendable site is an excellent starting point. Although aimed at those in tertiary education and media professionals, many worthwhile articles can be accessed through the Archive section. A Classic articles online search function allows the user to find papers dating from 1974 to the present. Articles address areas such as film theory and criticism, resistant readings of mainstream media, and effective pedagogy. The Current issue provides access to the latest research in media analysis. Popular film, art house and classic films are examined. A range of media texts from across the world are investigated, including those from Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. The simple yet effective interface adds to the ease of navigating the site and enhances its overall appeal. This outstanding site supports the study of film media in English. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Films - History and criticism
PUBLISHER:Jump Cut, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [791.405] SCIS 1381676

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The literary gothic (external website)
A fascinating website, this amalgamates major links related to literary Gothicism. It is excellent for its readability, ease of navigation and content. Providing ready access, it has links to a multitude of websites containing resources related to the Gothic genre. It includes definitions, background and the basic characteristics of Gothicism. There is a wealth of other interesting aspects, such as the female Gothic, textual and background information, titles, Gothic novelists, biographical information, reviews, research, discussion of important Gothic concepts and the Gothic tradition in literature. It also includes some graphics and etexts of important and often overlooked early works in this tradition. This valuable resource provides ample opportunity for online research. S. Richards
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Gothic fiction
PUBLISHER:Literary Gothic, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [808.83]SCIS 1374053

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Locus online: news, reviews, resources and perspectives of science fiction, fantasy and horror (external website)
Aficionados of these genres will enjoy the range and depth of information available on this site. Information on films and books can be found in Reviews & features; publishing awards and literary events are announced; authors are interviewed; and all the News in the world of science fiction is documented in this contemporary resource. The site is updated frequently. Material is readable and interesting, and will ably support the teaching of science fiction, with some research by the site user. New and Notable new books for each issue include Australian fiction and young adult fiction. The latter was a special feature in the January 2004 issue, and includes an essay by Garth Nix. The past nine issues are available from the home page, and this material, including analysis of the genres, has much to offer teachers. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Books - Reviews; Fantasy; Horror stories; Science fiction
PUBLISHER: Locus , USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [028.1] SCIS 1185787

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Long journey, young lives: an online documentary (external website)
Interactive features will make this rich collection of material on refugee children very appealing to senior students. Choices of Homeland, Conflict, Journey, Detention and On reflectionhave videos of refugees, aged 9-18 years, discussing their experiences. The site is especially useful for Community and Family Studies, in the IRP section of the course and in lessons on the impact of culture and life experience on decision making and management. The resource is ideal for students with varying learning styles and abilities, as information is provided in video and written format. It suits a self paced learning activity, and contains vibrant, contemporary support material for both the current and future Area of Study in English Stage 6. It would be advisable for teachers to preview the material in the light of their students’ backgrounds and sensitivities. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL:Stage 6
KLA:English;HSIE;PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; English Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia - Immigration and emigration - Public opinion; Australia - Race relations; Ethnic groups - Children; Immigration detention centres; Refugees
PUBLISHER: Australian Film Commission
REVIEW DATE:1/08/11 [325.94] SCIS 1343711

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Mark Twain in his times (external website)
For those seeking in-depth information regarding Mark Twain and his works, this excellent site will prove invaluable. Sample this site provides a quick overview while a Search facility allows users to find specific information. Many primary sources are available in Sam Clemens as Mark Twain, including agallery of photographs. E-texts of all Twain’s works can be accessed easily and an interactive map of Twain’s tours across America can be found in Mark Twain on stage. The section also includes reviews from newspapers of the time. Interactive exhibits and images support the site. The site allows users to locate information swiftly and effortlessly. It supports the teaching of The adventures of Huckleberry Finn within the English Stage 6 Area of Study: The journey. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: American fiction - Biography; Authors, American; Children’s literature, American - Biography
PUBLISHER:S. Railton, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [813] SCIS 1304112

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Matt Ottley: author, artist, musician (external website)
Informative as an introduction to the writer and his work, Ottley's site displays his Books, reviews, musical compositions, Paintingsand book illustrations. His diversity and wonderful publications for children and young adults are described in clear and concise written text which is greatly enhanced by a superb collection of artworks. Music samples include an audio track from Requiem for a beast. Study notes are available for purchase. This fascinating author and illustrator has published a range of works, pitched at different age groups, and the site displays his growing body of work. It is a useful reference for teachers and teacher librarians. C. Sly
USER LEVEL:Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6; Visual Design CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Authors, Australian; Children's literature, Australian; Illustrators, Australian
PUBLISHER:M. Ottley, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [A823] SCIS 1398491

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Mem Fox (external website)
Fox's website has a great deal of information about her life and work, plus meditations on teaching and learning, and a variety of practical materials for students and teachers. Clearly laid out with colourful headings, the site includes photographs, audio and video of the author. Helpful hints for reading aloud to children will support students in the Exploring Early Childhood syllabus. In The stories behind the stories, Fox shares insights into the origins of her books, her motivations and inspirations. See and hear Mem has ideal content for IWBs. Fox shares her knowledge on writing picture books, and this material is an excellent resource for encouraging older students to write and create quality texts. K. McDonell
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English; TAS
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Authors, Australian; Children's literature, Australian - Biography
PUBLISHER:M. Fox, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/06/10 [823] SCIS 1022557

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Mirror of the world: books and ideas (external website)
Presented by the State Library of Victoria and showcasing some of its precious possessions, this amazing site considers the history and style of written communication from cuneiform tablets to online zines. The site enables the user to view illustrations from exquisite antique books like the Book of hours, and to see and hear chant extracts from an antiphonal, a 14th century liturgical book. Books of influence draws attention to a number of historically notable works by Nicolaus Copernicus, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Mary Wollstonecraft , Sigmund Freud and Marie Curie. There are several beautiful historical books in Exploration, and Innovation presents samples from the 16th century through to the contemporary era. This is a digital treasure trove that enables students and teachers to access some very fine examples of old books. A valuable resource for considering texts in context, it is a wonderful site to use in the connected learning situation and on an IWB, and it should elicit a great deal of discussion. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Books and reading - History; Printing - History; Publishers and publishing - History
PUBLISHER:State Library of Victoria, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [070.509] SCIS 1424434

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My storymaker (external website)
The site allows students to construct stories using provided images and actions. Writers select characters, backgrounds, and elements, and they build the plot with emotions, actions, and sentences. There are many choices and young students will need guidance. The program is intuitive, and there is ample manual override. As an exercise in writing picture books for young people, the site is a most interesting resource for high school English students. Writers are forced to think critically about choices, and the site could be used to introduce picture books and to practise writing to a specific audience. Writing picture books is harder than it looks, and this is an excellent way to critically study the genre. Stories are saved to the library's website, but the Flash animations cannot be saved. Primary students can make simple stories; secondary students can experiment with quirky linguistic and visual narratives. Teachers will enjoy working with this resource on an IWB. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Fiction; Picture books; Writing
PUBLISHER: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [808.3] SCIS 1422333

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Nadia Wheatley (external website)
The site features award winning Australian writer and illustrator, Nadia Wheatley. Composer of a range of books for children, young adults and adults, Wheatley's publications explore such themes as multiculturalism, environmental preservation and social justice. Her acclaimed picture book My place is a worthwhile resource for the English Stage 6 Area of Study: Belonging. In Teachers, then Classroom ideas, teachers will find a PDF document entitled My place classroom ideas. The document offers valuable information for teaching and learning, including an outline of the book, background information about its composition, pre-reading activities and thought provoking questions to suit a wide age group. Site material provides a useful springboard for a study of picture books in English 7-10. C. Sly
USER LEVEL:Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6; HSIE K-6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Authors, Australian; Children's literature, Australian; Illustrators, Australian
PUBLISHER:Walker, Australia
REVIEW DATE:04/08/11 [A823] SCIS 1398987

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Narrative magazine (external website)
An online fiction and nonfiction journal, this resource provides an excellent contemporary view of good writing through excerpts and complete pieces. The Editors’ note summarises content, with a little analysis, and is a logical place for teachers to assess the worth of the site. This issue will change in September. Currently amongst the site’s best reading is a Joyce Carol Oates memoir, and V. S. Pritchett’s story Blind love. In Archives, site users will find short story Classics, Interviews, and the Readers narrative. The latter takes a broad view of narrative, and includes contributors’ views on global events using many types of text. The magazine runs a narrative competition and interested students can read the 2004 winner’s story online. The magazine supports the teaching of reading and writing, and is worth investigation by English Stage 6: Extension 2 students looking for writing models for their Major work. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Literature - Periodicals
PUBLISHER: Narrative Magazine, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [809] SCIS 1219651

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National Museum of Australia (external website)
Contemporary, vibrant, and engaging, the museum’s web site presents collections which focus on Australia’s nation, land, and people. From the simply expressed main choices, a plethora of information and images is found by following links and spending time in research. Titles can be deceptive, as Nation, for example, is an exhibition of symbols in Australia’s history. Also in Exhibitions, Horizons is especially useful for the English Area of Study: The journey, as it examines migration since 1788. Play is an interactive collection, particularly relevant for HSIE K-6 and Stage 4 History. The web site can easily be used to develop a virtual site study in History and Aboriginal Studies; it contains strong Indigenous and multicultural themes, with regular changes in special exhibitions. Within Schools, there is ready access to teaching resources and ideas, and an interactive talkback forum allows students to interview public figures. C. Dorbis
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Aboriginal Studies 7-10; Aboriginal Studies Stage 6; English Stage 6; Geography 7-10; History 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia - Galleries and museums
PUBLISHER: National Museum of Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [069 0994] SCIS 1033435

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Neil Gaiman (external website)
Making great use of computer technology, Gaiman's website offers facilities to blog, micro blog, contribute to message forums, and discover information through his responses to FAQs. Biographical material and the writer's take on his diverse range of publications are engaging and informative. A raconteur of the postmodern era, Gaiman has many creations encompassing different genres. His penchant for telling weird and wonderful tales is evident in his prose fiction, audio books, graphic novels, poetry, comics and their adaptations for film and theatre. This is a captivating website for students and teachers studying any of Gaiman's highly creative works. C. Sly
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Authors, American
PUBLISHER:Harper Collins, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [813] SCIS 1398990

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Nicki Greenberg (external website)
Acclaimed for her graphic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby, this contemporary Australian writer has a fascinating website. Greenberg explains her creation and use of bizarre creatures in her graphic representation of Fitzgerald's novel. She also includes information on the process of developing these weird visual characters. Her Comic art gallerypresents other graphic tales online, providing interesting examples of the sequential art narrative style. The News/blog link hosts valuable content on the artist's own creative processes and links to the websites of other significant Australian graphic narrators, including Shaun Tan, Bruce Mutard and Queenie Chan. A very well presented and engaging site, this is well worth a visit. C. Sly
USER LEVEL:Stage 5Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6; Visual Arts 7-10; Visual Arts Stage 6
PUBLISHER: N. Greenberg, Australia
SCIS SUBJECT:Authors; Authors, Australian; Illustrators; Illustrators, Australian
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [823] SCIS 1381202

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Norton anthology of English literature (external website)
Covering English literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, this web companion to Norton's hard copy anthology is an excellent resource for senior English. The sections are chronologically arranged and not long, but they are so well written that they allow students to gain the big picture on such things as the social impact of WW1, the beliefs of the Romantics, and life in 7th century England. Quality material and plentiful illustrations make the site a pleasure to browse. The site's content shows the inseparable nature of English literature and English history, and the multiple choice quiz in each section is as valuable for History as it is for English. Further to that, Making connections in each section offers some interesting discussion points for teachers to pursue with students. In Archive, there are Audio readings from Beowulf, The Canterbury tales, and Old English poetry. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English 7–10; English Stage 6; HSC History Stage 6: Extension; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: English literature – Collections
PUBLISHER: Norton, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [820.8] SCIS 1437831

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Ocean planet: writings and images of the sea (external website)
Excerpts from the book of a Smithsonian exhibition can be found on this site. Relevant as supplementary reading for the English Stage 6 Area of Study: The journey, these include Sea Rat’s poetic recount of his adventures from The wind in the willows, Ann Davison’s recollection of her solo sailing trip in Singlehander, and Peter Benchley’s reflection on searching for the giant squid in Discovery. While the complete book is not available as an e-text these pieces complement the BOS booklet for the HSC English course, and teachers could use the excerpts to complement the Area of Study. The Ocean planet exhibition floorplan links to extensive information relevant to environmental studies and the science of the sea. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Standard; Advanced; ESL
SCIS SUBJECTS: Ocean in literature; Voyages and travels in literature
PUBLISHER: Smithsonian Institution, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808.8] SCIS 1236192

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OWL handouts: complete index by topic (external website)
An online writing project, this site has cross curricula usefulness for students. The site deals with the grammar of writing and the creative process. In the former area, a very good explanation for students is the extensive and illustrated section on Active and passive voice. Generally, grammatical notes assume some knowledge, however the writing process, covered in General writing concerns, is a more fundamental guide to clear expression. Here, the use of such things as metaphor, logic in argument, and sentence variety, are carefully explained. The site also explains letter writing, resumes, business writing, with many examples, and the effective use of colour. Email etiquette and Searching the world wide web are appropriate and useful reading for students. Interactive exercises could be completed by students working independently. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: English as a second language - Problems, exercises, etc; English language - Composition and exercises; English language - Grammar - Problems, exercises, etc; English language - Punctuation- Problems, exercises, etc; English language - Study and teaching; Writing (Authorship) - Problems, exercises, etc; Writing (Authorship) - Study and teaching
PUBLISHER: OWL at Purdue University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808] SCIS 1219688

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Pacific stories learning (external website)
Visually attractive and easy to navigate, this wonderful site is packed with information and features for students and teachers. Videos, maps and classroom activities focus on Pacific and Melanesian regions, including Papua, Tonga and Vanuatu. Site users can view and download short clips of interviews with journalists and indigenous people, use an engaging Interactive map which has material on Shipwrecks, History, Trade and Marine life, and access lesson plans and work sheets directly linked to NSW syllabuses. In the Teachers guide, the interview with a journalist in Bougainville would be useful for the study of Frontline in Stage 6 English. The site has a wealth of material for Modern History. Links to further resources and films are an added bonus. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS:English Stage 6: Advanced; Geography 7-10; History 7-10; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Pacific Islands
PUBLISHER: Film Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [990] SCIS 1324641

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The Pardoner's tale (Chaucer: Pardoner's tale) (external website)
One of the most depraved of Chaucer's pilgrims, the Pardoner, unrepentant of his vices, weaves a fascinating tale. A very useful site,which presents printed versions of the introduction; Prologue; and tale in either Middle English or Modern English. A particularly interesting presentation of the text, the interlinear version whereby the Middle English is translated line by line, is offered through the Harvard University link. The Essays and articles section contains several essays on this focal character. Audio clips and detailed bibliographies enhance this well-constructed electronic resource which will be a useful starting point as part of the Advanced Stage 6 English course Module A: Comparative study of texts and context, Elective 1: Transformations. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chaucer, Geoffrey; Pardoner's tale
KEYWORDS: Chaucer; Middle English; Pardoner's tale
PUBLISHER: A. Jokinen, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [821] SCIS 1101853

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Peter Skrzynecki's web site (external website) (Welcome to Peter Skrzynecki's web site)
The life and works of a contemporary Australian poet of Polish Ukranian background features on this site. It is a brief, but useful, introductory site, which offers biographical information on the poet, and details about sources of Reviews and Articles on his work. The commentary on works set for the HSC is undeveloped at the time of writing this review, but there is an option to Contact the poet by email. Students of this option in the Area of Study: Focus: Changing perspectives, in the Standard or Advanced courses of the English: Stage 6 syllabus, or Area of Study: Perspective in the ESL course could find it a useful starting point. Clearly there is potential for this site to be developed into a much more comprehensive resource. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Standard; Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australian poetry; Skrzynecki, Peter
KEYWORDS: Australian poetry
PUBLISHER: P. Skrzynecki, Edgecliff
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [A821] SCIS 1092274

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Picturing books (external website)
The deconstruction of picture book elements is clearly described in this informative site which is maintained by a lover of the genre. Using picture books displays large and vibrant covers, with explanations of terms and the basic elements of visual design, story design, and illustration. These ideas are expanded in Palette, where styles, techniques, and design elements, are comprehensively explained. Within Links, the list of Illustrators and authors is a fascinating visual and auditory journey through clever and creative authorial web sites. Teachers will recognise many names here, such as Babette Cole, Greg Tang, Mem Fox, and Dr. Seuss. Makers of and readers of picture books will learn much from this enthusiastically structured resource. It is particularly useful for English: Extension 2 students who are contemplating a Major Work within this genre. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Books and reading; Children’s literature; Illustration of books; Picture books
PUBLISHER: D. I. Matulka, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808.06] SCIS 1128767

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Places of peace and power: the sacred site pilgrimage of Martin Gray (external website)
Gray's extended pilgrimage, to investigate and photograph the world's constructed sacred sites, is documented here in this personal web site. Gray discusses the history of the sites, and his photographic images are outstanding. A preoccupation with parapsychology, and the author's spiritual experiences of communing with the living Earth, will not suit every student, but for those seeking a deeper understanding for The journey in English Stage 6, this site will prove lucrative for supplementary material. Especially useful for The journey are Gray's Latin American pilgrimage journal, from the Americas link in Explore sacred sites; other written texts from this site; and Places of peace and power, found in the Sacred sites book, which describes a pilgrimage philosophy. Site photographs will vividly illustrate the teaching of Studies of Religion. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6; Studies of Religion 7.10; Studies of Religion Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Historic buildings, sites, etc.; Pilgrims and pilgrimages; Voyages and travels
PUBLISHER: M. Gray, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [203] SCIS 1203505

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The poetry archive (external website)
Hosting a collection of poets reading their own work, this site aims to encourage students to hear familiar poems and explore new voices. There are pages of Historic recordings, going back to Browning and Tennyson. Poets such as Seamus Heaney, Roald Dahl, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop, are given a contextual biography, and some are shown in a filmed interview. In Poets, students can hear Judith Beveridge read four poems. The children's archive targets K-6 students. For teachers has lessons for K-12 students, and the great concept of a poet in residence, who can be engaged in conversation. This feature, and the site overall, have much potential for poetry appreciation in the classroom. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Poetry - Collections; Poets
PUBLISHER: Poetry Archive, UK
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808.1]  SCIS 1427058

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Poetry magic (external website)
Densely written and satisfyingly illuminating, this site will have strong appeal for English teachers and serious student poets. The site has a straightforward layout and it gives an academic introduction to the writing as well as the business of poetry. It does not publish poetry. The site concentrates on a helpful analysis of writing, as shown in Approaches, Cycle of writing, and Shaping the piece. Students creating poetic works of an experimental or performance nature for English or Visual Arts will find some fine ideas here. The site’s general list of topics, plus the detailed material in Need for theory, supports English Stage 6: Extension 1 students with information on Critiquing and Postmodernist poetry. The 50 Poets briefly discussed include some interesting names beyond the usual expectations. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS:English Stage 6: Extension 1; Extension 2; Visual Arts Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Poetry - Study and teaching
PUBLISHER:LitLangs, Chile
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808.107] SCIS 1200142

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Poetry through the ages: an expressive journey
(external website)Uplifting and pedagogically useful for students, the site provides a historical look at poets, places and poetic forms. In Background, there is information on movements and readings, a Glossary, and a detailed history from ancient times to 21st century experimental poetry in Explore forms. Each poetic form is accompanied by a potted history and a table of features. The site is easily navigated via several pathways, and although the language can be poetically dense, sections are succinct and well laid out with content, examples and many illustrative artworks and photographs. Material suits individual use by students, and is also appropriate for teacher interpretation as class work on an IWB. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Poetry - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: WebExhibits, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [809.1] SCIS 1437835

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The questions of postmodernism (external website)
For English students and teachers contemplating the study of postmodernism, this illustrated site makes very interesting reading. In a question and answer format, with an appropriate mix of colloquial and academic voices, information is given on defining and understanding postmodernism in literature. Students undertaking the elective Postmodernism in English Stage 6: Extension 1 will find abundant examples of texts, from which they can confidently investigate further reading. The author delves into movies, novels, games, short stories, theatre, music, art, poetry, television, and comics, as he discusses and explains the ideas of postmodernism in a readable and entertaining style. The site is linear, about 20 pages long, and well worth a look by all English teachers. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 1
SCIS SUBJECTS: Literature and society; Literature - History and criticism; Postmodernism
PUBLISHER: Jacket Magazine, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [801] SCIS 1203512

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Refractory: a journal of entertainment media (external website)
The site is an ejournal, with articles and conference papers, amusing and serious, on a wide variety of entertainment media issues. Students writing critical responses on media and culture, or composing media and multimedia texts, will find some of the material on this site useful for their independent investigation of issues and multimedia forms. Access to five volumes is available online, with the most interesting being Volume 2, a special issue focussing on the Buffy phenomenon, and supported by imaginative graphics. Some of these articles on games, fan fiction, and technologies, are dense and academic, and most suitable for sophisticated readers. H. Cobban
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Audiovisual materials - Periodicals; Mass media - Periodicals; Performing arts - Periodicals; Popular culture - Periodicals
PUBLISHER: Cinema Studies, School of Fine Arts, Classical Studies Details and Archaeology, University of Melbourne
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [790.205] SCIS 1179979

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RhymeZone (external website)
Finding rhyming words is one of 13 choices the site offers to students who are researching a word or term. The site will help students who are experimenting with writing poetry. It is a fast word finder for related words, Quotations using the selected word, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, and spelling help. It has some helpful follow up features that allow users to pursue their research, such as in investigating definitions of related words. Help is well worth a look as it explains how to use the site, including its multimedia potential. The site can be used easily and productively to search the works of Shakespeare for a particular word. There is more convoluted access to words within the King James Bible and dictionaries. The site has word games and word Quizzes. The latter has small sections of history, science, and languages drill. Suitable to support the L4L laptop project, this resource will be helpful in a connected environment. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:English language - Dictionaries; English language - Rhyme - Dictionaries; English language - Synonyms and antonyms - Dictionaries
PUBLISHER:Datamuse, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [823] SCIS 1407580

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Richard Harland's writing tips (external website)
Harland writes science fiction, horror and fantasy, and his useful tips are geared to show storytellers how to put a work of popular fiction together to make a rollicking narrative. His tips have a lot of good advice, such as using few adjectives and the value of a quirky narrator. Students could either work through or go straight to the topic of most interest. The site aids the latter approach and identified weaknesses can be positively addressed by students who are using the site independently. For example, students pondering whether their story should be first person or third person, and wanting to know what difference that will make to their story, would go straight to Person & tense. The site is laid out very well for student writers, with clear and meaningful headings under sections about Good writing habits, The elements, Characters, the storyline, and Language. The site is a valuable support for motivated writers and is appropriate for the L4L initiative, as it would work well on laptops within a connected classroom. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Fiction; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER:R. Harland, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [808.3] SCIS 1417131

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Robert Browning: An overview (external website)
A subsection of the extensive The Victorian web, this informative site offers comprehensive information on the works of this innovative Victorian poet. It outlines significant biographical details, and sets the poet in his political and social context. Clear, accessible internal links lead to a focus on his Works; Themes; Settings;Symbolism; Structure; and Genre. Texts and commentaries are available on some of the poems set for study on the current HSC syllabus. It is a valuable Internet location with a wide range of useful material, with particular relevance to the English: Stage 6 syllabus Extension course elective, The individual and society. A few areas are still under construction or inviting contribution. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: English Literature
KEYWORDS: Robert Browning; Literature; Victorian
PUBLISHER: Brown University, USA
AUTHOR: G. P. Landow
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11

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Rodolphe Topffer (external website)
Topffer was a Swiss teacher and artist of the 19th century, credited with the creation of the modern comic book. Digitally presented, Topffer's original work, Histoire de Mr. Vieux Bois (1827) is available here with an English translation of the narrative blocks for each frame. A Synopsis of biographical details indicates that Topffer, encouraged by the admiration of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, continued to create highly detailed picture narratives. It is fascinating to have access to this early sample of sequential art displaying all the hallmarks of the genre that followed. Students of sequential art in the form of comics and graphic novels will find this an intriguing primary resource. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6; Visual Design CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Comics; Comics - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: Interdinamica, Portugal
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [741.5]  SCIS 1424431

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Seamus Heaney - Cover page (external website)
Two of Heaney’s poems (Personal helicon andTollund man) set for study in 2003 for the English: Stage 6 syllabus Extension course appear on this web site, available through the Internet poetry archive. There is much additional information here to support a study of Heaney. A representative sample of his work is available as both hypertext and voice, giving students access to rhythms and patterns of speech, while Biography includes a brief discussion of his poetry and is linked to relevant works. His 1996 Commencement address at the University of North Carolina provides an interesting insight into his views of his own work. It is an easy site to navigate with plug in support for audio files. W. Bowie
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: Heaney, Seamus; Irish poetry - Biography
KEYWORDS: Seamus Heaney; poetry
PUBLISHER: University of North Carolina, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11

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Senses of cinema : an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema (external website)
Presenting a rich and readable source of ideas on film, this online journal will interest all teachers of media. Within Cteq annotations, knowledgeable contributors have posted reviews, critiques, and articles, on a large number of films crossing genres from Charlie’s angels and Japanese story, to silent French films and experimental digital media. There is much of value here for Extension 2 students contemplating a Major work in film construction or analysis. The extensive collection of Great directors includes biographies, and excellent summaries and analyses of each director’s films. Orson Welles is the only director here from the HSC prescribed text list, and an article on Rabbit proof fence can be found in Issue 19. Archives goes back to the first issue in 1999, and each issue clearly lists contents. Archived content is most easily found through Search, and is well worth a look by English teachers. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Film festivals; Films - History and criticism; Films - Reviews
PUBLISHER: Senses of Cinema, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1185772

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Shakespeare and his world (external website)
Taking a scholarly approach to Shakespeare's life, his works, and the social and political context of Elizabethan England, the site has online articles, seminars, lectures, and a wealth of links worth exploring. Material is concerned with how we understand the plays and poems and how we continue to form opinions about them. It does this through literary topics, such as genre, and discussions about people, such as the audience and the acting stars of 1600, rather than by examining the plays individually. The site looks at critical approaches to the plays, including historical, linguistic, psychoanalytic, and gender based interpretations. It examines performances and printed versions over the last 400 years to show how these are crucial to a knowledge of Shakespeare's works. The seminars are suitable for teacher led Stage 6 discussion, independent use by motivated senior students, and they would present very well on an IWB. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Extension 1; Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Dramatists, English; Shakespeare William
PUBLISHER: Fathom Knowledge Network, USA
REVIEW DATE:01/04/10 [822.3] SCIS 1447458

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Shakespeare illustrated (external website)
Paintings, mainly from the 19th century, are boldly shown here to illustrate some relationships between artists and productions of Shakespeare’s plays. The influence of art on literature is examined in the Introduction, suggesting the site’s potential for an English study of the plays, and a Visual Arts study of the artist’s intent. The works could also be used to show how an artist’s interpretation can be read by different audiences. The plays list artworks, some with a quotation from the scene used as inspiration. For example: The tempest has several interesting works to support discussions of the imaginative journey for the English Stage 6 Area of Study: The journey; Twelfth night has artworks supporting the study of gendered language for English: Extension 1. The site is a boon for visual learners and teachers who are interested in the creative connections between English and Visual Arts. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Standard; Advanced; Extension 1; Visual Arts 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS:Art, Modern - 17th-18th centuries; Art, Modern - 19th century; English drama - History and criticism; Shakespeare, William-Criticism, interpretation, etc
PUBLISHER:Emory University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [709.03] SCIS 1296764

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Shakespeare searched (external website)
Site users can search characters’ dialogue in the plays, and lines in the sonnets on this site. The entire dialogue of a character can be displayed and then followed up with lines before and after. Dialogue is cross referenced to a given list of topics, for example the concept of fear in Hamlet. The site utilises cluster searching and it could be used to identify thematic and content connections across works. Teachers will find some interesting ideas for using the resource in For teachers and For students. About Shakespeare searched explains useful search techniques, and students may benefit from a look here. The site is Shakespearean text only with no analysis or other information, and it has no advertisements, making it an excellent resource for student use. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Shakespeare, William - Quotations;Thematic approach
PUBLISHER:Clusty Labs, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [822.3] SCIS 1332536

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Shakespeare: subject to change (external website)
Shakespeare is brought to life in this visually appealing, highly interactive site. Aimed at exploring different interpretations of the Bard’s plays, the site has two main zones. Pen to printcontains excellent information regarding the writing process and the printing process. Three informative games for invented words, common expressions and creative insults can be found in Shakespeare’s language. Accompanying audio is sure to enhance student understanding. Stage to screen examines two interpretations of Hamlet. Video extracts, with detailed analysis of the clips, are available in Two Hamlets and We are Hamlet. This fantastic site is a fine resource for English classrooms. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL:Stage 4Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: English drama; Shakespeare, William
PUBLISHER:Cable in the Classroom, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [822.3] SCIS 1220642

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Shaun Tan (external website)
Studies of the work of this superb writer and illustrator will be enhanced by visiting his website. The homepage captures the essence of his quirky and incisive style, and a range of arty links leads to autobiographical details, Picture books, Paintings, projects and FAQs. Details are provided on works that have been adapted for Film and theatre, and musical presentations. In a simple yet sophisticated style, Tan's work sensitively explores many conscious and subconscious elements of human nature. The site's engaging visual representations and astutely written text explore the author's ideas as presented in his picture books. This is a wonderful site to introduce or research the publications of a highly acclaimed Australian author and illustrator. C. Sly
USER LEVEL:Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Authors, Australian; Children's literature, Australian; Illustrators, Australian
PUBLISHER:S. Tan, Australia
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [A823] SCIS 1302618

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Shrek (external website)
The News is old, but the analysis of the film on this site is excellent. Four full Reviews model the genre well, and short reviews add interesting information and perspectives on this popular movie. The site is suitable to use for the animation component of the Photography, Video and Digital Imaging Stage 6 syllabus. Easy to navigate, and pleasant to explore, teachers will find a range of crosscurricula material here, including articles on marketing, intertextuality, animation technology, and the workings of the film industry. Some sections require QuickTime to view. Written in simple, descriptive language, there is also an array of movie stills in the Gallery. N. French
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5Stage 6
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS: CECPhotography, Video & Digital Imaging Stage 6; English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Film animation; Shrek (Motion picture)
PUBLISHER: Digtital Media FX, USA.
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1175036

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Spark Notes King Lear (external website)
A succinct summary of the play, King Lear, is provided here with embedded links to character summaries and dramatic terms. Each scene is summarised, and includes links to a glossary of dramatic concepts, such as protagonist, climax, and plot. Concise commentaries also accompany each scene. Navigation is crisp and searchable from the cover page. Context outlines the play as published and performed. This is a very user friendly resource to support study of the English: Stage 6 syllabus Advanced course, Module B: Critical study of texts. W. Bowie
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS: Shakespeare, William - Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Shakespeare, William. King Lear
KEYWORDS: King Lear
PUBLISHER: The Spark.com Inc, USA
AUTHOR: Susannah Mandel
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11

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Stagework (external website)
An exceptional resource for Drama and English teachers, this site is like having a production team at school. For teachers shows the usefulness of the site, and this section is worth an initial look. It contains a number of interesting Drama related lesson plans, including guidelines for adapting a novel for performance. For the latter, Phillip Pulman’s His dark materials is detailed to show how it has been interpreted for the stage. Events & workshops has entire workshops for schools on The crucible and Henry V. These excellent resources are ready for teacher implementation. Site users may also view videos of discussions on these two plays. Productions has videos, interviews and analyses of these plays and Richard III, strongly supporting the English Stage 6 study of the latter. Issues has some interesting analytical papers on the site’s texts. The Interactive theatre model allows Drama students to research the work behind the scenes. C. Sly & C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS:Drama 7-10; Drama Stage 6; English Stage 6: Standard
SCIS SUBJECTS:Drama - Study and teaching; Theatre - Production and direction
PUBLISHER:Royal National Theatre, UK
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [792.02] SCIS 1280078

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Summary Central (external website)
A repository of thirty summaries of novels and dramas, this site has an easily followed, standard form. Summaries already posted include: 1984; Brave new world; A doll’s house;Hamlet; and Jane Eyre. Generally, these are of good quality, supplying characters and setting, a paragraph on plot, and brief outline of style and concerns. While the site offers limited analysis of a fairly finite range of texts, it provides a potential model for students to compose their own summaries, and perhaps publish them on a school intranet or in OASIS Library Notes. This is relevant to modules in both the Advanced and Extension courses in the English: Stage 6 syllabus. W. Bowie
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6: Advanced; Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: Literature
KEYWORDS: 1984; Brave new world; A doll’s house; Hamlet; Jane eyre; summary
PUBLISHER: Unknown, USA?
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11

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Teach with movies (external website)
An ethical guide to film use in schools, this cross curricula site provides subscribers’ resource guides for a small fee, plus free information online. The former includes guides for the English Stage 6 texts of Contact, Strictly ballroom, Billy Elliott, High noon, and Rabbit proof fence. History favourites include Gallipoli. For teachers summarises the site’s brief and content, and is a helpful tool to assess curriculum relevance. For parents has excellent material on film discussion techniques. Movies not recommended is a valuable tool, particularly as it explains the judgement, and directs site users to similar, recommended, films. Indexes include Subject matter, Character development and Alphabetical. In the latter, teachers will find a useful summary of the film, its age appropriateness, and a list of themes. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Professional
KLA:
CA; English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Drama 7-10; English 7-10; English Stage 6; History 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Films in education; Films - Study and teaching
PUBLISHER:
Teachwithmovies.org, USA
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1054460

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Teaching the American 20s: exploring the decade through literature and art (external website)
As a resource for examining the 1920s, this comprehensive site provides a wealth of reference material. Navigation is straightforward with information organised into four main themes. Big debates contains material that focuses on the social issues of the time. Small town, big city considers the shifting nature of urban life. Forms of creative expression are explored in America encounters the modern and cultural identity is investigated in Defining American culture. An excellent Image gallery is also organised according to the themes with a wide variety of posters, novel extracts, postcards and magazine covers that exemplify the fashion and politics of the decade. Particularly interesting are the Lesson plans that cover literature and history. Aimed at American secondary students, a number of lessons are available for The great Gatsby and the poetry of Langston Hughes. This impressive site is a worthy reference. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:American literature - Study and teaching;Arts, American - Study and teaching; United States - History - 1919-1933 - Study and teaching; United States - Social life and customs - 1919-1933 - Study and teaching
PUBLISHER:Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, USA
REVIEW DATE:4/08/11 [973.91]SCIS 1380653

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Ted Hughes homepage (external website)
With particular relevance to the English: Stage 6 syllabus Advanced course elective, Telling the truth, the article Poetry and Magic offers a detailed discussion of Birthday letters in relation to the structure of the collection. Though only extending for three chapters, further chapters are promised that will cover all poems set for study in the HSC. This site also features a comprehensive Timeline and further very learned articles on general and bardic aspects of Hughes’ poetry. Links to other Hughes sites are also useful for further reference but would need to be checked for relevance to the current HSC text. W Bowie
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS: Hughes, Ted
KEYWORDS: Birthday letters; Ted Hughes
PUBLISHER: Dr Ann Skea, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 4/08/11

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The Psychedelic 60s: literary tradition and social change (external website)
The seventh decade of the 20th century will be remembered as a time of dramatic social, cultural and political change. This comprehensive site explores the revolutionary 1960s. A question and answer format used in the Introductionhighlights the impact of the decade and provides a context to the exhibits that are presented on the site. By accessing the menu, users can view a plethora of materials. 19th century precursors and 20th century precursors offer information about figures such as Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who influenced the writers and musicians of the beat generation. Changes in music are also documented in Rock music and Woodstock. Civil rights and Four radical groups present detailed accounts of the fight for equality and the formation of political groups, including the Black Panther party. Especially helpful for a decade study or for examining historical and social contexts, this superb website is a great source of material. H. Gardiner
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6; History 7-10; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:American literature - 20th century; Popular culture - History - 20th century; United States - History - 1945-1974; United States - Social life and customs - 1945-1974
PUBLISHER: University of Virginia, USA
REVIEW DATE:08/8/11 [306.0973] SCIS 1353581

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The word pool (external website)
Created to profile UK books, the site's focus is on books that will help parents and teachers deal with children's learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural problems. Parents corner and Choosing childrens books have lists of books on topics such as physical disabilities and understanding grief. These have short reviews written by a small number of people who are identified in About us. Writing for children is a compilation of articles from a wider range of accredited contributors, and these pieces provide excellent information for students and teachers who would like to write or illustrate picture books, scripts or young fiction. The site also has a list of Numeracy books and a section on Big books that has been specially collated for teachers. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Visual Design 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Children's literature, English
PUBLISHER:S. & D. Kimpton, UK
REVIEW DATE: 08/08/11 [820.9] SCIS 1424318

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The works of Hans Christian Andersen (external website)
An extensive and interesting site, this excellent resource offers translated fairy tales, stories, other writings, and information about the author. Teachers can locate biographical information in Life, and English translations in Jean Hersholt’s the complete Andersen. Detailed and evocative, Oskar Klever watercolours are beautifully depicted, as are young students’ illustrations in the Illustrations gallery, which is found in Miscellaneous. The site gives great access to Andersen’s Works, and can be used simply to read the fairy tales, or for a more academic study of both the tales and the adult stories of Andersen. In Research, some of the conference papers will aid an understanding of teaching the texts, while others could assist Stage 6 English students preparing a Major Work in this area. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:
English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Andersen, Hans Christian; Danish fiction - Biography; Danish literature - History and criticism
PUBLISHER: Hans Christian Andersen Center, Denmark
REVIEW DATE: 08/08/11 [839.8] SCIS 1208774

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The Third Man in the German classroom (external website)
Although a little convoluted in presentation, this site will be of interest to teachers using the film The third man. The site includes a review of the Restored DVD version, and a review of Charles Dranzit’s text In search of The third man. Dialogue Worksheets transcribe parts of the script and are most useful for German students. Following the worksheets is a short but readable review of Graham Greene’s novel. The site gives clear explanations of how teachers can use the film’s German language and Austrian culture in the classroom. For English students, descriptions of film noir techniques could be useful in introducing the study of Citizen Kane, and the film’s script is also shown to be relevant as a supplementary text for Elective 2: Crime fiction in English Extension 1. History students could also be enlightened by the film’s realistic depiction of post war Europe, and the site has suggestions for using the film for this purpose. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:
Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE; Languages
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced; English Stage 6: Extension 1 ; German Stage 6: Beginners; Continuers; Extension; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Films - History and criticism; German language - Study and teaching
PUBLISHER:
About.com, USA
REVIEW DATE: 08/08/11 [438.3] SCIS 1173044

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Traveling in new directions: teaching non-linear picture books (external website)
A short academic article extolling the value of nonlinear picture books, this resource contains practical advice and tools for English teachers. The site examines the characteristics and categories of these texts, and offers useful teaching strategies, such as manipulating existing student knowledge and use of nonlinear electronic worlds. It shows how teachers can actively help students deal with the gaps in meaning, the seemingly superfluous information, and ambiguity of these non-traditional narratives. A short analysis of Trouble with trolls, Simple Simon, and Granpa, will help engender an awareness of difference, and aid appreciation of the highly imaginative nature of nonlinear texts. The article, referenced with academic research and picture books, is invaluable for Stage 6 students working with picture books for their Major work. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English K-6; English 7-10; English Stage 6: Extension 2
SCIS SUBJECTS: Children’s literature; Picture books - Study and teaching; Plot (Drama, fiction, etc) - Study and teaching
PUBLISHER: Central Connecticut State University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 8/08/11 [809.3] SCIS 1202891

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Using English for academic purposes
(external website)An excellent resource for senior students writing essays and major projects, this site also supports teachers' professional development in writing skills, especially in the writing of accurate questions. Efficiently organised material explains how students can master audience, purpose and structure in writing tasks. The site says some sensible and pertinent things regarding students and writing and it provides a fine description of Harvard referencing. Particularly useful are the sections: Process, with its table format that methodically takes students through the writing process; Questions, which will help students understand what they are being asked to do; Organisation, on structure and terms; Punctuation, a clear and helpful instruction that all secondary students could access; and Genres, a how-to explanation of 13 cross KLA writing tasks. The site strongly promotes the use of the library and its staff as a student resource. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Rhetoric; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER: UEfAP.com, UK
REVIEW DATE:  08/08/11 [808] SCIS 1426845

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Victorian literature overview (external website)
Resources for this site have been growing and developing since it began as a supply of information for students of Victorian literature in 1985. A fine source for documents in its own right, it has adapted well to the style and potential of the web. Current HSC set writers available include: Charlotte Bronte; Robert Browning; Elizabeth Gaskell; and William Wordsworth. As well as placing each writer in their political and social context, there is a detailed examination of themes, symbolism, structure, genre and literary relations. This is relevant to modules in both the Advanced and Extension courses in the English: Stage 6 syllabus. Useful biographies and bibliographies, and briefs of critical articles are included, which could be used to encourage students in critical appraisal and wider reading about an author. A. Glasscock
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced; Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: English Literature
KEYWORDS: Literature; Victorian
PUBLISHER: Brown University, USA
AUTHOR: G. P. Landow
REVIEW DATE: 8/8/11

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Wikinews: welcome (external website)
News articles written by amateur journalists form the content of this innovative online newspaper. Writers are given detailed and clear instructions as to the content and style of news reports, and Wikinews:writing an article and Reporter’s tools, have practical application in all English high school syllabuses. The site stresses neutrality in news writing, and contributors can edit material written by others. A very practical writing tool, the site has exceptional value for extension work in English. Clear directions on researching and sourcing material assist the development of required reporting skills. Students will need technical competence to write and edit reports, but the site very clearly explains what, how, and why things are done. The site is available in some European languages, providing contemporary activities for language students. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; Languages
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6; French Stage 6; German Stage 6; Russian Stage 6; Spanish Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Current events; Electronic publishing; Journalism; News services; Report writing
PUBLISHER: Wikimedia Foundation, USA
REVIEW DATE: 08/08/11 [070.4] SCIS 1208976

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WildFilmHistory: 100 years of wildlife filmmaking
(external website)For students interested in media studies, the history of film, or in the development and content of wildlife photography, this is a rich site to explore. Photography and English students who are undertaking research or a major work in a related area could find the precise nature of this resource very useful. From a film clip of the first natural history oriented film, Rough sea at Dover (1896), this visually attractive site provides high quality film clips, still images, Oral histories, Key events, and information about the people involved in wildlife filming. The Education page provides multimedia learning resources and teaching notes on the ethics and history of the genre. The site would present beautifully on an IWB, and there are detailed instructions on how to best use the graphics in the classroom. M. Davis
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS:English Stage 6: Extension 2; Photographic & Digital Media 7-10; Photography, Video & Digital Imaging CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Animal films - History and criticism; Documentary films - History and criticism; Natural history in films
PUBLISHER:Wildscreen, UK
REVIEW DATE: 08/08/11 [791.43] SCIS 1415047

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William Wordsworth: an overview (external website)
A section within the excellent The Victorian web, this is a very accessible and comprehensive resource for study of Module A: Comparative study of texts and contexts, elective 2, In the wild of the Advanced course in the English: Stage 6 syllabus. The life, works, and context of William Wordsworth are presented in terms of: Biography; Themes; sources, influences and intertextuality; Genre & mode; Political history; and an overview of Romanticism. Good commentatries for guided study cover Tintern Abbey, and the site is regularly updated. W. Bowie
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6: Advanced
SCIS SUBJECTS: Wordsworth, William - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
KEYWORDS: Romantics; Wordsworth
PUBLISHER: Brown University, USA
AUTHOR: G. P. Landow
REVIEW DATE: 8/8/11

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Witness by Peter Weir (external website)
In a series that focuses on senior high school texts, this 38 minute video involves an interview with Australian screen writer, Mac Gudgeon, speaking about Peter Weir’s 1985 film, Witness. Gudgeon applauds the finely crafted film and highlights a number of its qualities. He explores contributions made by various members of the production team and the elements involved in making this film. Aspects such as characterisation, theme, symbolism, genre and cinematography are considered during the discussion. An informative critique, this resource provides valuable support for students studying Witness as an option in the HSC Standard English course. E. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Witness (Film); Films, American – History and criticism
PUBLISHER: Wheeler Centre, Vic
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [791.43]
1533149 SCIS 1533149

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Women in the literary marketplace, 1800-1900 (external website)
Brief but interesting, this information from an exhibition of books and letters focuses on the historical context of English women writers in the 19th century and explores how they achieved remarkable success in a culture that repressed women's literary ambitions. A historical account, it refers to particular authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, and George Elliot, and to the practice of writing under a pseudonym. The website also examines the changing context and content of women's novels in terms of how they reflect the modern women who resisted traditional marital or social roles and who claimed their rights to defeat oppressive conventions. S. Richards
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Authors, English - Exhibitions; English literature - 19th century - History and criticism; Sexism in literature; Women in England - History
PUBLISHER:Cornell University, USA
REVIEW DATE:08/08/11 [820.8] SCIS 1375770

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Wordplay (external website)
Aimed at young people interested in writing, this site is the work of a new and acclaimed Australian fiction writer. Alyssa Brugman offers tips on a number of aspects of the writer's craft including: think like a writer; write what you know; use of dialogue and editing, found from want to write but don't know where to start? In addition, there are a number of suggested links for young writers who may consider publishing their work. Teachers will need to check these for syllabus relevance. A useful, easily navigated site, this has a good deal to offer across a range of ages. It is practical, positive, and stimulating for budding authors.C.Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER: A. Brugman, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 08/08/11 [808] SCIS 1101896

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Writer's handbook: the Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (external website)
An online handbook for writing, the site's strategies for writing effectively will help students with factual writing tasks, especially literary reviewing. The site is well laid out, with good use made of headings and bullet points. There are practical self evaluation tasks and many questions which will help to focus students on writing cohesive and readable documents. Students will get most benefit in the areas of process writing, grammar, writing essays and reports. Coming to grips with the excellent content of Clear, concise sentences in Improving your writing stylewill improve students' essays in all KLAs. Students undertaking research leading to the production of major works will find the site useful, especially in terms of Planning and writing research papers. Suitable to support the L4L laptop project, this resource will be helpful in a connected environment. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS: English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Report writing; Technical writing
PUBLISHER:University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
REVIEW DATE:08/08/11 [808] SCIS 1407560

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Writing clearly and simply (external website)
The site contains some of the clearest explanations of strategies for effective writing that students will find on the internet. Primarily a resource for writers with cognitive disabilities, and those writing for them, the site has 20 techniques that any high school writer will benefit from reading. Students should be directed to these points. In particular, the sections on how to recognise and use active voice, parallel sentences, and strong verbs, will be of value to students. Site material supporting the 20 techniques may assist teachers. The site supports the L4L laptop project and use within a connected environment. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 4 Stage 5Stage 6Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Communication; Literary style; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER:WebAIM, USA
REVIEW DATE:08/08/11 [808] SCIS 1408572

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Writing effectively and powerfully (external website)
A document to help adults write at work, this 39 page PDF resource has some helpful sections for teachers and senior students across KLAs. The resource promotes the powerful communication technique of simple writing rather than obtuse and wordy writing, that is, the style that students often use, falsely believing that it shows they are learned. Teachers will certainly pick up some good ideas and techniques in how to write powerful speeches, reports and articles through clever word choice and effective use of language structures. The site is especially strong in explaining how to write an outline, construct an argument, draft a document, and utilise the right brain in writing. The latter technique is an exceptional strategy for writing effectively in essay and creative modes, and it is described here in practical terms that will allow students to learn the skill of right brain thinking and writing. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL:Stage 6Professional
KLA:English
SYLLABUS:English 7-10; English Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Literary style; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER:CIVICUS, South Africa
REVIEW DATE:08/08/11 [808] SCIS 1408523

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YMDI (Youth Media Distribution) (external website)
An exceptional tool for young media producers, this American site will have particular appeal to students making films. Read About first to see the site’s brief, plus some useful ideas on how to use the site. There is little theory here, although students can read interesting news and comments about recent events. There is also little about actual filming, as this practical resource concentrates on distribution knowledge. Students will gain much from a look at media practicalities in Instructors. These structured lessons, templates and worksheets in media production are an outstanding resource for aspiring film makers. The Toolkit covers distribution and the reality of reaching an audience. Talk is a contemporary and valuable database of ideas, plus work opportunities, events, festivals and contests. In Media, students can investigate a linked website and view short feature films with the maker’s analysis. Film data helpfully shows what audience is appropriate for these films. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA:CA; English
SYLLABUS: English Stage 6; Photography, Video & Digital imaging CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Arts - Marketing; Audiovisual materials; Mass media
PUBLISHER: YMDI, USA
REVIEW DATE: 08/08/11 [706.8] SCIS 1276744

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YRCA sample book ideas - We all fall down (external website)
For a concise overview of Robert Cormier’s chilling and suspenseful novel, We all fall down, this site is a helpful place to begin. It presents interesting biographical information on the author, along with a brief plot summary of the novel. In addition, concise notes on major issues, such as vandalism, gun control legislation (specific to USA), and teenage alcoholism, are included, as are some reviews of the book. The information available on this site could be a valuable resource for students and teachers studying this novel for the Standard course (Module B) of the English: Stage 6 syllabus. C. Sly
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: English
SYLLABUS: Stage 6 English: Standard
SCIS SUBJECTS: American literature - Study and teaching; Cormier, Robert. We all fall down
KEYWORDS: Book; ideas; sample; We all fall down
PUBLISHER: University of Calgary, Canada `
AUTHOR: Gale Sherman & Bette Ammon
REVIEW DATE: 8/8/11

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