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IDEAS AND LINKS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AND SOCIETY (GOVERNMENT)

PROFESSIONAL MATTERS

Schools of Thought which appeared in the 'Australian' magazine on January 25, 2014, tells the truth about public vs private education, for once. It's parents who most influence the outcome of education, with good solid support for their children and clear aspirations for the future. There is systematic undermining of the public education system because public education is expensive. If it is privatised the government just have to supply money without responsibility.

SACE: courses and information.
My School; Department for Education, South Australia;
Australian Education Union and AEU SA Branch

GRAMMAR

Much grammar on the internet is being explained by teachers of English as a foreign language, and it can seem overly complicated. I have never heard of some of the terminology used in describing verbs, for example, though I did do grammar at primary and secondary school, just before the teaching of grammar went out of fashion. There was a reason for the decline of grammar. Excessive analysis can take the joy out of writing and speaking. We do need to know enough to function well and understand what we are doing but getting bogged down in modalities for example, is rather exhausting.
Here are some straightforward links you may find useful: Verbs are easy enough to understand if you keep it simple. Pronouns by me, are very useful; Prepositions are great in explaining the position of things in relation to one another; Conjunctions are for making longer and more interesting sentences. Apostrophes are punctuation rather than grammar, but using them correctly requires an understanding of grammar, particularly that complex concept of singularity and plurality. Apostrophes by me. Apostrophe song on You Tube;

Photos: Larkspur in my garden; Salt Lake at Lochiel, SA

USEFUL TEACHING RESOURCES

Colin Welch's Educational resources on Lexiconic Net discovered via Elements of Fiction page. Some great stuff.
Readplus book reviews, an impressive SA based resource from experienced librarians
Puzzlemaker and clip art gallery by Discovery School.
School project photos, animals, Education.com, hassle free clip art, Color.com: pictures useful for assorted projects.
Paper dolls: on Pinterest. Good for characters in a novel.
e cards, and more; All posters;
Illuminated letters; Illuminated manuscripts.
Art Deco architecture site.
WW1 postcards-fantastic pictures; Trenches on the web.
USA 1935-1945: Library of Congress photo database.
List of genres.
Teaching Ideas on Facebook.
Refdesk: books and literature.
Arts and Letters Daily.
Scripts on screen.

ENGLISH TOPICS

BOOKS
Children's book council, with useful links; Children's literature website. Author interviews interviews with current authors
Script-O-Rama: scripts for TV shows, films.
Books: you can read on the WWW, from scientific reports and classics to popular fiction. Copy what you need for comprehension exercises and the like.
Audio books for free.

ADVERTISING
SA's Old Mate Ad Modern Ads; Inspiration Room; Duncan's TV Adverts; Lessons in advertising. Excellent material; Links to many American historical ad databases; Ad Access: a database of US and Canadian print ads from 1911 to 1955. Hidden persuaders blog; Power of advertising.

CREATIVE WRITING
Creative Writing Ideas-my own page developed over a number of years. The ideas seem worth preserving.
Comics page; Student writing.

MEDIA

NEWSPAPERS
Adelaide's only newspaper; The Melbourne Age; The Australian; Sydney Morning Herald; Newseum: featuring front pages from newspapers around the world; Online newspapers: links to newspapers around the world.

Photo: Pods at Port Augusta Botanic Park

EDITORIAL CARTOONS
Peter Nicholson: former cartoonist for The Australian. He has an archive of cartoons on various topics of interest to teachers; Kudelka and Johannes Leak, also in The Australian; Political Cartoons in the classroom (historical American); Classroom use of cartoons from NZ National Library.

MAGAZINES
ARE Media magazines; The Spectator; Time. New Scientist

TELEVISION
ABC; ABC: Iview; SBS; nine; Ten; Freeview TV Guide.

RADIO
Adelaide Radio stations: ABC 891; ABC NeswRadio; Coast FM, Glandore; hit107;

MOVIES
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb): useful for character lists and critiques and the keywords are great starting points when discussing a film; Metro Magazine: movie worksheets and support material; Filmsite: an awesome collection of information on all aspects of film making; Film terms.

MUSIC
Name your band; Triple J reviews; Lyrics and more lyrics; Pop Culture.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Twitter; Facebook; You Tube; Instagram; Tumblr; Pinterest.

NETNEWS
Crikey dot com; Top breaking headlines; ABC: just in; New Matilda.

SHAKESPEARE et AL

Shakespeare dictionary; Glossary; Cliff Notes; Super Summary Guides; Shakespeare on line; Absolute Shakespeare; Holloway images page; Shakespeare Web; Complete works; Timelines: life and works; Shakespeare's sonnets; Shakespeare upon Ipod; Shakespeare's Globe: a direct link to the Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theatre, very close to the original site of Shakespeare's Globe.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
The Merchant of Venice: Folger Shakespeare Library; Shakespeare's ships. The movie; Movie reviews of The Merchant of Venice; About The Merchant of Venice; What news on the Rialto? Worksheet on making a poster of the language of the play.

MACBETH
Spark Notes on Macbeth; Cliff Notes; Enjoying Macbeth; Macbeth: The Feature Film; A Macbeth project created by 2 schoolgirls; .

SHAKESPEAREAN LIFESTYLE
The Elizabethan Costuming Page; Elizabethan Clothing; Clothing; Shakespeare in context; Elizabethan Furniture; Pepys Diary - life in 1660s; The Luminarium: a glorious site with Medieval to 18th Century literature; modern illuminations; heraldry; Culpeper: 'The Complete Herbal'

CHAUCER & MEDIEVAL HISTORY

Cooking and other medieval links; Medieval/Renaissance food.
The Domesday Book; Links to the history of books and printing; Vellum and parchment.
Geoffrey Chaucer; Tales: in original English; Interlinear translations.
Medieval costume on the costume gallery page.
Medieval England: architecture and other topics; Medieval Life; Life in a medieval castle; The labyrinth: a resource for medieval study.

GOVERNMENT: LOCAL, STATE and FEDERAL

Where is? and Google maps-where you are in Australia.
Find your local council and locate it on this map of country and metropolitan councils. Simply run the cursor over the map and the council names change.
Unley Council: Adelaide City Council.
State Electoral Commission. Find your state electoral district using your address.
Parliament: in South Australia
House of Assembly Members of Parliament and Legislative Council Members in South Australia.
State animal and floral emblems and Ausflag.
The Australian Electoral Commission: to find out how federal elections work.
Find your federal electorate from the Australian Electoral Commission-type in your suburb or postcode.
Maps of federal electorates.
Members of Federal Parliament.
Australian Parliament: A wealth of information on federal government including educational material.
Education Ofice at Parliament (PEO).
Discovering Democracy units. Lots of great stuff for teachers.
Governor General's page.
Citizenship.
ICT award for using websites to investigate students' place in government. Once again, a terrific ICT coordinator encouraged innovation.

AUSTRALIANA

Australiana; Australia.com tourism; Aussie slang.

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

Captain Cook's voyages, Cook Memorial Museum; Sir Joseph Banks: his papers in the State Library of NSW; Endeavour Voyage Maps; Ships of the first fleet; Convict creations; Port Arthur; Project Gutenberg on the First Fleet.

SCHOOL CONTACTS

Epals; Teacher's Corner; Penpal Schools if you are looking for educational email partners. The opportunities for exchanges are limited by holiday times in the northern and southern hemispheres. One of the first exchanges I did was with New Philadelphia Welty Middle School in 1994. I still have the recipe book. Here is an article which appeared in MacNews in 1994 when we were using Nexus at Unley High.
Below are the term dates for South Australian public schools for 2020:

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL TERM DATES 2021
Term 1: Jan 27 - April 9
Term 2: April 27 - July 2
Term 3: July 19 - Sept 24
Term 4: Oct 11 - Dec 10

RESOURCES for PAGE MAKING

Google Art Project| | Icon Archive| Web Weaver| Botanicals| Kew Gardens| Fotosearch| Go Graph Stock Photos
HTML colours| Cat Graphics| Flickr Photos| Getty Images| Art.Com| ARTFL Encyclopedia Project| Online Image Editor.


Html by L. Nordestgaard using BBEdit. I use simple html code as it is easy and intuitive and so far I have not found a computer on which the page doesn't work, even if I'm not using CSS and the correct form of text. All links checked and fixed 30-7-2021.
I am now retired so links are gradually disappearing and no new topics are being addded. I have joined together my various English and Society and Environment pages on one page.

Page History: "English Teaching" first created for Geocities, Jan '98. Switched to Adelaide Net with Camtech, May, 2000. Camtech closed and moved to Big Pond, June, 2001. Bigpond shut down their free web pages, Jan 2008. Moved to my own domain name, 22-1-2008. The web counter showed 47,660 views of this index page from June 2001 to Jan 2008. Moved this page from the front of my website as the index page, on December 21st, 2011, to mark the start of my non teaching life. Consolidating teaching links on one page-5-4-2013.

Person History: I taught English, some Society and Environment, some Maths, and occasional other related subjects (Public Speaking, Information Processing) in the public education system in South Australia for 45 years. I enjoyed making educational web pages and thought they were useful for me, the students and colleagues though they, and friends, invariably asked, "What was your web address again?"