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Site Recommendation – VCE English lectures

I came across this over the weekend.  Great for VCE english students who want to extend their thinking and understanding of their texts.  The Wheeler Centre videos discussions on VCE texts – such as Year of Wonders, Richard III, Streetcar, The Crucible and so on. Basically Texts in the City is a weekly exploration of the classic … Continue reading

Australian April – Things a map won’t show you

Things a map won’t show you – stories from Australia and beyond.  Edited by Susan LaMarca and Pam McIntyre. Finding a good short story collection is a never ending quest for an English teacher (and their TL) and in this book I may have found the holy grail!  My attention was drawn to this book … Continue reading

Australian April = ANZAC April

Given that Wednesday (25th  April) is Anzac Day it seems appropriate that bookgenremonthly’s Australian focus for April extends itself into Australian and New Zealand stories of war. There are MANY quality novels that can help young adults understand the impact of war but for this blog entry I am going to mainly limit myself to … Continue reading

Australian April – Indigenous Australians (Pt 2)

Australian April and the first Australians – Texts about Indigenous Australians (2) Following on from the previous blog, I will provide some other recommendations – At the start of 2011, I had to do a collection analysis of what texts I would recommend to an English faculty to have as class etc texts for a … Continue reading

Australian April – Indigenous Australians (Pt 1)

Australian April and the first Australians – Texts about Indigenous Australians In the bookgenremonthly blog on Jasper Jones I referred to Dougy , Deadly Unna and Herbie as comparisons and as a result started thinking of the other indigenous themed texts I have read over the past few years that have given me the “aha” … Continue reading

Reading on an iPad

For convenience, I think being able to read on an iPad (or similar) is great.  When I haven’t been able to get to a library or bookshop I have still been able to access books that I want to read (NOW!). However, with the possible exception of Jasper Jones, the books have been quite lightweight … Continue reading

Australian April – Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey I decided to do this book for genre monthly as it has caused some controversy at a local school where it has been book-listed as a Year 10 text replacing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Whether the issue is the content or that it has replaced the much loved … Continue reading

Australian April – Is there a great Australian novel?

The following article “Australian language, letters and literature” written by Kathryn Wells in 2007 (URL, retrieved 8/3/12). Identifies the following as themes in Aust Lit (amongst others) •experiences in a new country •injustice •solitude and grandeur of a landscape that dwarfs its people •life, landscape and traditions of Australian, and its influence on human … Continue reading

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