Posts Tagged Stage 6


Just beginning a Year 11 unit on Macbeth (comparing Shakespeare’s play to a film version). Going through my resources I would have to say that I find the following three online resources provide all the material my students will need to supplement their reading:

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company resources for Macbeth, in particular the online play guide
  2. The No Fear Shakespeare ‘translation’ of Shakespeare’s play into modern English
  3. Notes on Macbeth from the new literature website Shmoop (still in Beta)

These sites don’t take a ‘cheat sheet’ approach to the play, but instead help students to cut through the language and think more deeply about the play in production, which in turn helps them to find meanng in the play.  Are there any ‘must see’ sites that you would add?  Of course all the big Shakespearean plays have a million online summaries, but would you add anything from those to my best of list above?

I would LOVE to get more adventurous and use Angela Thomas’ Second Life Virtual Macbeth island, but the machines at school would seriously not cope (on so many levels!)  I might see later in the unit if the students would be willing to explore this from home.


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Screen Australia Digital Resources – Belonging

For those who are hunting around for resources to use next term with the new HSC Area of Study ‘Belonging’, you might want to head over to the Screen Australia Digital Learning resource finder.  If you search for ‘Belonging’ you will find a number of film clips relating to the concept of Belonging.

Each clip also has a short set of classroom activities written by members of the English Teachers’ Association (including yours truly!) to get you started with your lessons on Belonging 😉

My favourite is the story of Cuc Lam’s Suitcase.  It will be an especially relevant text to model with students studying The Joy Luck Club – I also used it this year, as it sat really well with Skrzynecki’s poetry for ‘the Journey’.

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Bladerunner Screenshots

Here is a slideshow of screenshots from the Bladerunner: The Director’s Cut (1992) directed by Ridley Scott.

Please feel free to use it in class and pass it on to other teachers and students.  It’s only a selection of shots, but may be very welcome in this revision period before the HSC 🙂

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Identity resources

Followed a link from a note on Facebook which lead to some excellent materials by Michele Knobel and her colleagues.  The papers that they wrote all addressed some aspect of the theme: Literacy, Identity, Place.

Our school this year has run an AOS on “Identity”, in preparation for the concepts dealt with in next years AOS: “Belonging”.  I’ve tried to push the idea of studying online identity, but I’m not teaching the course so can’t get involved really with how it is conceptualised.  But I think these papers, although they aren’t relevant at all points, would provide a good entry for interested teachers into thinking about online identity.

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