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The Rabbits by John Marsden: Illustration and Imagery Analysis Lesson - Australian Curriculum Lessons

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THE only mention of William Shakespeare in the national curriculum for English appears as an example sentence in the glossary: “Because I am reading Shakespeare, my time is limited.”

This is no accident. The ­national curriculum for English almost completely neglects the Western canon. Instead, students study advertising and “digital texts”, and the curriculum is saturated with “social studies” content, which is irrelevant and inherently ideological.

It was not always so. In the 1950s and 60s, classic literature was at the core of school English education. David Copperfield, One Thousand and One Nights, The ­Odyssey, Black Beauty and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn appeared in readings for 12-year-old students.

The classics have stood the test of time and include some of the best examples of writing and story­telling in the English language. They should be a foundational element of school English.

Since the 1970s, however, curriculums in all states except NSW make no mention of classic ­literature.

The classics also have disappeared from school reading lists. The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge listed 1700 books for Year 6 this year but only 20 can be classified as classics, including CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Most of the rest were contemporary fiction published in the past decade.

The national curriculum continues this trend. Although it does not include a reading list, it frequently alludes to certain types of readings — for example, “contemporary” or “everyday” texts, “media and advertising”, “digital texts”, and texts from “different historical contexts”.

Rarely does it allude to Western classic literature. The only stories of European origin that it refers to are Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. There is a reference to European “representations of dragons” in Year 3 and a handful of uncited quotations of poets such as Tennyson, Burns and Blake, but that is the extent of the treatment of the Western canon. Instead, there is a large amount of content relating to “ethics” and “social movements”.

An optional “content elaboration” in Year 9 suggests “debating the reliability of the coverage in a range of news media of a contentious issue such as commercial logging of old-growth forests”.

Another suggests “presenting arguments that advance opinions, justify positions, and make judgments in order to persuade others about issues such as the importance of maintaining balance in the biosphere”. Another “content elaboration” in Year 5 suggests “investigating the qualities of ­contemporary protest songs, for example, those about indigenous peoples and those about the ­environment”.

This overtly political ethics-­related content has no place in an English curriculum. It detracts from the foundational elements of English — reading, writing, spelling, and grammar — and deprives children of the opportunity to read classic literature at school.

Classics should not be regarded as the preserve of a perceived academic elite. From Shakespeare onward, most classics gained popularity precisely because they were capable of appealing to wide audiences. Though written in very different times and very different circumstances, they remain classics precisely because they continue to connect to today’s audiences.

From Dickens’s satirical critiques of the cruelties of Victorian society, to the witty dialogues of Jane Austen, to the timeless plots and impassioned monologues of Shakespearean drama, there is something in classic literature that can appeal to anyone.

These works are also useful as reflections of Western culture, as literary exemplars, and as a standard for “good” literature and writing. They should be a core part of English education.

If Australia must have a ­national curriculum, the federal government should remove the social studies content from Eng­lish, where it is irrelevant and detracts from English as a discipline. It should offer support and guidance for teachers and parents to introduce students to the greatest writing of the English language.

Stephanie Forrest is a research scholar at the Institute of Public Affairs, which has released Australia’s F-10 English Curriculum: A Critique, available at ipa.org.au/publications.

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Book Week 2013 – Activities and Ideas for CBCA Shortlisted Books ...

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The publisher Walker Books has great teaching notes which have been based on the Australian National English Curriculum and have a strong focus on multimodal learning and use of web 2.0 tools. They can be downloaded ...

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educational content on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online

educational content on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online | National Curriculum (Australia) - English | Scoop.it
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Developed by Education Services Australia through The Le@rning Federation, the education collection is designed to help teachers and students make the most of the wide range of moving image resources on the site. The clips in this collection are accompanied by teachers’ notes created by specialist curriculum writers. Expert curators’ notes also provide useful background material.

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Comic life in the classroom

A guide to Comic Life in the classroom with examples of it in action.
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Investigating Comic Life for the auto-biography aspects of the new curriculum.

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Australian Curriculum Lessons

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Australian Curriculum Lessons is a website dedicated to providing lesson, activities, resources and information to Australian teachers.


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Sally Tilley's curator insight, June 5, 2013 6:47 PM

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing :-)

Stephanie's curator insight, September 14, 2013 4:05 AM

Invaluable teaching resources for those embarking upon the new curriculum... collaborate and celebrate! 

 

Kate Narev's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:49 PM

Difficult to trawl through all these, but some good lessons provided.

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English For The Australian Curriculum

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from twitter via @Darcy1968 Thanks

12 year-level units of work, with 12 sequence in each, written by teachers and educators from a range of states, territories and educational settings.

Early years, Primary and Secondary

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This website has been developed by over 10,000 English teachers to provide educators with supportive resources. The development of sequences, interactive worksheets, digital resources and curriculum content including elaborations have been designed for for all the year levels based on the Australian Curriculum. It offers educators with suggestions and modifications that will successfully assist particular student that require a supportive learning environment.

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Teaching Questioning in Reading - Before, During and After Lesson - Australian Curriculum Lessons

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English Lessons, Year 10, Year 10A, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
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The Literacy Shed

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A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.
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Weekly ideas for literacy teaching 

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Australian Curriculum - English

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A personal collection of free-to-use classroom resources for teachers exploring ACARA: English. Curated by @Jean Anning


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Australian Curriculum for English - Resources - TES Australia

Australian Curriculum for English - Resources - TES Australia | National Curriculum (Australia) - English | Scoop.it
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TES Australia - free access to these resources for teachers

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Sound key to reading in schools - The Australian

Sound key to reading in schools
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It has helped children in their first three years at Earlwood Public School, in Sydney's inner west, achieve results eight times higher than the national average.
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Syllabus bites: Visual literacy - Overview

Syllabus bites: Visual literacy - Overview | National Curriculum (Australia) - English | Scoop.it

The glossary definition for Visual literacy from the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum in English K–10 contains the key terms and concepts about visual texts, media and communication used in the syllabus.

The Visual Literacy White Paper (.pdf 181kB) has a brief overview and history of visual literacy.

The Visual Literacy slideshow (pdf 12.8 MB) provides a comprehensive introduction to visual literacy and visual texts, including examples and activities on analysing and decoding photographs, magazines and print advertisements.


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Jean Anning's curator insight, April 30, 2013 6:25 AM

Pleased to see this turn up in 'Suggested Content' via Scoopit :)

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What is visual literacy? Start here.

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Australian Curriculum English

What the Australian Curriculum means for English and how to implement i


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The Rabbits by John Marsden: Illustration and Imagery Analysis Lesson - Australian Curriculum Lessons

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