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Ministry of Education.

Resources and research

Resources

Ideas and tools for using in the English classroom

General

Center for Media Literacy
Promotes and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analysing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content. 

Software for learning
This enabling e-Learning section contains Snapshots of Learning; these snapshots are classroom examples demonstrating the effective integration of digital technologies in learning and teaching to raise student learning outcomes.

101 English blogs
The aim of this project is to encourage 101 English teachers from around the world to start blogging (or share existing blogs) about their English classrooms. This blog will list each of the 101 blogs and will be a place for sharing and highlighting what is going on in over 100 English classrooms.

Noodle Tools
This site will guide you on how to conduct academic research on the Internet. Fill in the short form, and you will be provided with a research strategy. For every question, you can check any number of boxes (or none)

Web English Teacher
From Web English Teacher excellent links to online citation tools and English resources.

Reading

Text suggestions
An English online wikispace that looks at secondary English texts and aligns them with achievement standards

Turbine
A literary journal of new New Zealand writing published by Victoria University School of Modern Letters.

Online Newspapers
The online newspaper directory for the world, this site features thousands of international newspapers.

Tearaway Online
News, music, gaming, arts, videos, youth issues, sport, technology, travel, opportunities and mad giveaways... all created for NZ youth, by NZ youth.

Text studies and literature

Text suggestions
An English online wikispace that looks at secondary English texts and aligns them with achievement standards.

12 Taonga
From the NZ Electronic Poetry Centre, biographies and a poetry reading from Julia Allen, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Lynda Chanwai-Earle, Riemke Ensing, Janet Frame, Rob Jackaman, Olivia Macassey, Jenny Powell-Chalmers, L E Scott, Bill Sewell, Apirana Taylor, and Richard von Sturmer. Levels 5–8

BBC Arts: Poetry
An online celebration of poetry that includes poets reading their poems, tips on writing poetry, links to BBC shows about poetry, and a section that allows you to play with words as you write your own poem. Levels 1–8 

The Children's Laureate 2007–2009
Read about UK Children’s Laureates and take advantage of the video clips and other resources to create a poetry-friendly classroom.

GCSE Bitesize Poetry Slideshow
Students can listen to audio of poems read aloud, accompanied by a photo slideshow to help them understand the ideas presented. Poems are grouped under pre-1914 poetry, post-1914 poetry, and poetry from different cultures. There are poems by William Blake, Gerald Manley Hopkins, Alfred Lord Tennyson, W B Yeats, Walt Whitman, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Levels 5–8

Poetry 180
A poem for each day of the school year, selected by United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins with high school students in mind. The site also contains advice on how to read a poem aloud. 

Poetry Archive
The Poetry Archive is a treasure trove of (mainly British) poets reading their own work from Tennyson at the end of the ninetheenth century, through poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Langston Hughes in the middle of the twentieth century, to contemporary poets including Seamus Heaney, Ruth Padel, and Kathleen Jamie.

Poetry Class
A site dedicated to the teaching of poetry, which contains a number of practical and creative lessons designed to enhance students' appreciation. Lessons include: making the ordinary extraordinary; using songs to teach poetry; using figurative language and sound; using photographs to teach and stimulate poetry; personifying natural phenomena.

Poetry Express
A site dedicated to the writing of poetry, which includes guidance on "15 poems you can write now", along with advice on revising, sharing, and publishing poems.

Poets.org
Biographical and literary information for more than 200 mainly American and British poets, including links to other web resources for each. The site also has forums and more than 70 poems read aloud by their authors.

Trout
Trout is intended to provide a forum for poetry, prose, reviews, interviews, and artwork of or about New Zealand and Pacific Island writers and artists. 

Turbine
A literary journal of new New Zealand writing published by Victoria University School of Modern Letters.

Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature
A site that provides virtual seminars on the literature of World War 1, including war poetry, the Wilfred Owen Multimedia Digital Library, material on the play, The Ghosts May Laugh, and links to other resources.

Life in Elizabethan England
Titled a "compendium of common knowledge", the site includes information on money, games, fashion, children, household management, education, occupations, and more.

No Fear Shakespeare
A site that presents the language of Shakespeare's plays side by side with a facing-page translation into modern English.

Teaching Shakespeare
From the Folger Shakespeare Library, this site has a bulletin board for teachers and a large archive of Shakespeare lesson plans, including introductions to Shakespeare, film lessons, interactive media lessons, and lessons on individual plays.

Literature-map 
Help your students to select reading material they enjoy using this interactive site. Viewers can type in the name of an author they like, and find other writers whose books may also appeal.

Writing

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Writing resources created for teachers and students level 4-8

Writers in Schools
Organised by the New Zealand Book Council, this explains how to get writers to visit your school.

BBC Skillwise – Planning Your Writing
This site has a range of fact sheets on how to help students plan and organise their ideas for writing, including printable organisers. Students can also be a virtual traveller and listen to an audio and then choose a method to plan a travel diary.

Teaching voice with Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park
This ReadWriteThink lesson focuses on the concept of voice, which is often difficult for middle school students to incorporate into their writing. The lesson provides a clear example of an author who created four specific voices.

Writing argumentative essays
This site provides guidance on introductions, conclusions and structure, evaluating and using evidence, and developing arguments in paragraphs.

Speaking and listening

Drama Resources
The Web English teacher provides lessons, texts, and special collections of drama resources related to specific plays and playwrights.

American Rhetoric
A database of more than 5000 full text speeches, many of which have streaming audio and video versions. Included are public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, and speeches from movies.

New Zealand schools debating
From the New Zealand Schools Debating Council, this site contains details and contacts for regional and national competitions, along with resources to support debating.

Radio Days: A webQuest
Students assume the roles of workers at a modern radio station who must create a radio drama in the style of programmes of the 1930s and 1940s. Students research radio history and its purpose, and use the information to develop a script to present on an audiotape

Story Arts Online
This site provides ideas for developing storytelling as a learning tool. As a folk art, storytelling is accessible to all ages and abilities.

Storytelling workshop
Students learn about the art of storytelling and are guided by a professional storyteller in the creation of their own story. The storyteller provides students with a sample folk tale they can listen to and read, plus interactive lessons to help them create their own story.

Visual language

Drama Resources
The Web English teacher provides lessons, texts, and special collections of drama resources related to specific plays and playwrights.

Visual Language
A framework for exploring visual language in your classroom

Ten Classroom Approaches to Media Literacy
A guide to teaching media literacy, with a strong focus on using student voice and prior knowledge

Audio Visual Archives
The audio visual section of Archives New Zealand. Here you are able to search through the core National Film Unit (NFU) collection as well as find out about preservation work and the history and life of the film unit.

British Film Institute
A comprehensive site featuring new and archival footage, as well as teaching and learning programmes for film and media studies classrooms.

Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua Me Ngā Taonga Kōrero. As well as archival footage, Ngā Taonga also houses  Education resources.

NZ On Screen
A catalogue of New Zealand film, television and documentaries, some grouped thematically, along with biographies of some of New Zealand's screen talent.

Literary criticism

The Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing: This site shows how to recognise what a text says, what a text does, and what a text means by analysing choices of content, language, and structure. It shows what to look for and how to think about what you find.

Critical Literacy: From the Tasmanian Department of Education, a summary of the features of critical literacy, together with illustrative classroom approaches and a resource list.

Research reports

New Zealand research relevant to the English classroom.

English: Reading 2014 Overview (published July 2016)
In 2014 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at year 4 and year 8 in two areas of The New Zealand Curriculum – English: reading and social studies. This report presents an overview of the results from the English: reading study.

English: Reading 2014 Contextual Report (published July 2016)
In 2014 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at year 4 and year 8 in two areas of The New Zealand Curriculum – English: reading and social studies. This report examines a selection of contextual data collected as part of the study of English: reading.

Māori Student Achievement in English: Reading (Published July 2016)
In 2014 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at year 4 and year 8 in two areas of The New Zealand Curriculum – English: reading and social studies. This brief report presents the results for Māori students in English: reading.

Pasifika Student Achievement in English: Reading (Published July 2016)
In 2014 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at year 4 and year 8 in two areas of The New Zealand Curriculum – English: reading and social studies. This brief report presents the results for Pasifika students in English: reading.

Achievement of Students with Special Education Needs in English: Reading (published July 2016)
In 2014 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at year 4 and year 8 in two areas of The New Zealand Curriculum – English: reading and social studies. This brief report presents the results for students with special education needs in English: reading.

Technical Information 2014: Social Studies and English: Reading (Published July 2016)
In 2014 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at year 4 and year 8 in two areas of The New Zealand Curriculum – English: reading and social studies. This report provides technical information for social studies and English: reading.

OECD's Education at a Glance
Every year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publishes a set of indicators that compares the education systems of its member countries, and participating partner countries. This series "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context.

Wānangatia te Putanga Tauira National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement: English: Writing 2012
This report presents the findings on the achievement and attitudes of year 4 and year 8 students in English: Writing and the factors associated with that achievement.

Updated on: 04 Aug 2016




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