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Hiroshima - an empathetic look
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This is a unit of work where students will take an in depth look at the Japanese involvement in WWII and the effects of the atomic bomb on the Japanese people. Students will be required to study images, pieces of writing, video and audio to gain an empathic understanding of the Hiroshima bombing. In literacy they will also study Photographs in the Mud, exploring the visual and linguistic features of this multimodal text.

  • Discipline: Languages other than English, English and Literacy
  • Topic: Japanese history with a focus on Horoshima
  • Prior knowledge: Some prior knowledge of Japanese culture and the history of WW11 would be useful.
  • Age range: 9-11
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Comparing Ancient Greece with Modern Australian Society
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Students will compare Ancient Greek government, society and the role of women with Australian Society today. Students are required to write an information report where they are offered the chance to extend themselves.

  • Discipline: English/SOSE
  • Topic: Comparing Ancient Greece and Australian story
  • Prior knowledge: PEC Paragraphs, Note taking skills
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Outsiders
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  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Novel study
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  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Kids in the Kitchen - Junior Food Technology
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This course focuses on the basic components of food, the nutritional value of foods and how students can select a balanced diet appropriate to their needs. Students will develop their food preparation skills using a wide variety of equipment and gain a greater understanding of the main food groups and nutrients, their importance in a balanced diet and experiment with food preparation techniques using these foods. Students will also begin exploring the hospitality industry, menu design and the role of marketing and advertising in their choices as food consumers.  Working in teams will be a significant component of this course.

  • Discipline: Food Technology
  • Topic: Healthy Eating, kitchen safety, food preparation
  • Prior knowledge: Nil
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Hunger Games, Reality Entertainment and Satire
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Through a novel study of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, students explore issues such as control, reality entertainment, materialism and genetic engineering, and satire as a literary device. Wikis are used to build an online learning community.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Novel Study and Literary Elements
  • Prior knowledge: Advertising techniques
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Learning by Design Training
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This element introduces teachers to the theory and practice of the Learning by Design lesson planner.  With Learning by Design, teachers use new social media to create dynamic learning experiences for students (in the form of Learning Elements) while also professionally documenting their work in curriculum and instruction and making it sharable with other teachers and students. Sharing work with the greater teaching community is encouraged, but always optional.

  • Discipline: Education
  • Topic: Educational Technologies
  • Prior knowledge: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Common Ground Learning by Design Training
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - a novel study
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This learning element is based on the novel "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" by Dai Sijie. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's experiences of being re-educated during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Students explore its themes, characters and historical context through collaborative discussions and participating in an online learning community.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Novel study, reading, social media and Chinese history
  • Prior knowledge: Essay Writing
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Exploring the world of Slope
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Students will utilize formulas, hands-on activities, and technology via computers, MS Excel and the internet to apply the concept of slope to real-world scenarios/problems.

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Slope, Rate of Change, Functions & Relations
  • Prior knowledge: Students must be able to read tables, plot graphs, understand linear relationships
  • Age range: 12-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Writing with Persuasive Tools
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The goal of this assignment is to empower students to effectively use three types of persuasive tools; emotional arguments, statistical arguments, and bandwagon arguments.  Students will be able to identify these types of persuasive tools in media and be able to apply these tools to their own persuasive writing, specifically in the creation of strong body paragraphs in a persuasive essay. 

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Writing
  • Prior knowledge: writing and literary toold
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The pH Factor
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Students will gain new understanding of acids and bases and implement this information when testing the pH level of various solutions used in the home.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: pH testing
  • Prior knowledge: Acids and Bases
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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