2015 Standard - Module B
I will be beginning drafting revisions for 'Wilfred Owen, 'The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender' and 'A Beautiful Mind' next week and will keep you informed about progress and some ideas of how to approach these texts for the next round. While most of us who have taught Owen before will be comfortable with the majority of poems, two of the new ones are very complex and Standard students will need quite a lot of help to grasp the conceptual focus. The shift from Distinctive Voice to Module B for the 'Lavender' novel will be accessible for teachers and students and I know a lot of teachers are considering doing the film as a Module B text. As with most texts, students need to be careful about using some of the materials that are available to ensure that they remain focused on what the syllabus requires.
Some of us will not be sorry to see the last of 'Belonging' this year but each round seems to raise the conceptual standards. I am not offering a 'Belonging' TTA workshop this year as most teachers will be teaching the same texts for this last round but I will post some excellent websites that can be used for 'Belonging' CW prompts and related texts. The following site could be useful for 'Romulus, My Father' but also for developing 'life writing' skills. http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/homepage/
A trailer site for the recently released Tim Winton film could prompt your students to consider using it as a possible related text, because it is so rich.
I have also included my pinterest details if you are interested in looking at my boards related to Secondary English which have lots of images, T&L strategies and resources for topics such as 'Crime Writing Prompts', 'Discovery' and 'Asian Resources'. http://www.pinterest.com/barbarastanners
If you have ever considered using 'skype' in the classroom, have a look at this site as well.
Hope you get back into the swing of things in your second week and find these sites interesting. Teachers who missed out on TTA Workshop topics that are not being offered for 2014, can contact me and I can see if there is sufficient interest to offer an online 5 hour course that I could offer instead.
I will re-post my TTA workshop topics and dates to make PD arrangements easier for teachers in the coming year.
I will only be offering 12 TTA workshops so that I can concentrate on writing and school based workshops during 2013. More workshops might be offered during Term Four depending on demand.
More focus is being placed on developing greater student awareness of Asian culture, history and global significance. Some schools have already incorporated Asian study into their programs but all schools will now begin phasing in Asian texts in their junior English currirculum. My research increased my appreciation for the incredible range of material that is available but I concentrated on the South East Asian region.
'Exploring Asian Voices' is now in its final pre-publication phase and should be available during Term I. It includes a wide range of text types and caters for differing stages and ability levels for Secondary English students. More challenging texts such as 'The China Coin' also work well as related texts for both the current Area of Study 'Belonging' HSC course and the 2015 'Discovery' course. A follow-up second volume, designed specifically for years 10,11 and 12 is also in the pipeline.
School based staff development workshops can also be organised based on incorporating National Curriculum teaching and learning strategies, programs and content such as Asian studies into your English scope and sequence.
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