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Through this unit of work, written by Wendy Bean, students examine the visual and printed texts of the Paper Planes (feature film and novel). The novel is based on the motion picture screenplay Paper Planes, and is written by Steve Worland.
This unit of work – suitable for middle years students – explores a range of themes touched on in the novel and film including loss, relationships, connectedness, friendship, independence and competition. Students are encouraged to generate questions and write about how the themes relate back to them and their own life experiences. Together with this, the unit encourages students to further develop their skills of writing persuasive and procedural texts related to the Paper Planes novel and film.
The diverse histories, communities and cultures of Indigenous Australian children are represented in a range of ACTF content. Our Indigenous Perspectives package bundles together content and support materials that will support teachers in exploring the cross-curricular priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, and build an appreciation of diverse perspectives. Most of these resources are suitable for upper primary and secondary students, with some pitched at early years students.
The ‘My Place for Teachers’ website provides rich educational material to support primary and lower-secondary teachers using the My Place TV series in the classroom. The website features cross-curricular teaching materials related to series 1 and 2, and has recently been updated with high resolution clips from all episodes (which teachers can play on tablets and smart phones).
The feature film Australian Rules is adapted from Philip Gwynne’s book, “Deadly Unna?”. The book won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year for Older Readers Award in 1999, and was highly praised for its reconciliation message. The film is a story of mateship and love that is both confronting and sensitive. Australian Rules and the Australian Rules Study Kit is a resource for teachers and students in senior secondary through to tertiary years, exploring universal themes such as responsibilities and relationships, and issues that go to the core of questions about Australian identity.
Now in its third year, the ACTF’s Little Lunch App Competition invites Year 3-6 students to submit short films they have created with the free Little Lunch App. Participating classes generally view and analyse episodes of the hilarious school-based mockumentary series as a starting point, and then work in groups to plan, script and film their own little lunch story.
Entries for 2018's Little Lunch App Competition open on September 17 and close on November 9.