On the basis of box office receipts, Baz Luhrmann's film Strictly Ballroom is one of the ten most popular Australian films of all time. Below you can download an essay on narrative structure in Strictly Ballroom which attempts to explain some of the reasons for its popularity. To buy a copy of Strictly Ballroom click on the image above.
The representation of Aboriginal people in Cloudstreet is an interesting area of exploration. Below you can download some notes about two ways of interpreting the representation of Aboriginality in Cloudstreet.
In the article which you can download below, I argue that Othello's tragedy can be seen as residing in his subscription to pernicious racial and gender ideologies. What I have tried to do in this article is bring together traditional approaches - Othello as tragedy - and more recent approaches which focus on representations of race and gender.
Othello is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most complex plays. Its representations of race and ethncity are especially fruitful areas of analysis. Below you can download a set of notes on the representation of race and ethnicity in Othello.
Many of the lesson plans available from www.englishcurriculum.com.au follow an eight step lesson plan. The plan is designed to motivate students to read the text chosen by their teacher, give them the knowledge and skills to read the text through appropriate scaffolding by the teacher, and allow students to explore the text and apply what they have learnt. You can find out more about the eight step lesson plan and learn how to create your own lessons using the plan by downloading the document below.
Many poems and stories begin by creating a mystery or a puzzle which the reader has to solve by reading the rest of the text. Students need to be made aware of this literary convention and to see it as a form of game which the reader has to play in order to gain meaning and pleasure from the text. 'How Gilbert Died' is a useful vehicle for teaching this literary convention. 'How Gilbert Died' is a poem about the death of an Australian bushranger, written by Australia's most popular poet A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson. Below you can download a lesson plan for the poem, a copy of the poem itself and a set of teachers notes.
'Llewellyn and His Dog' is a narrative poem written in the early nineteenth century, based on a mediaeval Welsh legend. Because it tells the story of a dog who dies because of a misunderstanding, it has a strong appeal for many students. The poem provides a great vehicle for teaching the concepts of theme and point of view. Below you can download a lesson plan, a copy of the poem and a set of teachers notes.