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Text Teaching Notes

Teaching notes are available for Text YA titles where this symbol appears openbook. These comprehensive and free resources, created by experienced and practicing educators, enhance students’ engagement while promoting key English skills.

  • Australian Curriculum teaching notes are tailored to the Australian Curriculum: English, emphasising the Language, Literacy and Literature strands. An ACARA coding system is linked to each activity.
  • VCE teaching notes are aligned to the VCE English and Literature study designs and address in depth the relevant Areas of Study for each Text title currently on the English and Literature lists.      

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Titles with Australian Curriculum Teaching Notes
    Survivors Club

    Survivors Club

    Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
    Themes:holocaust, survival, love, family, war
    Reading age:12+
    The Book of Whispers

    The Book of Whispers

    Kimberley Starr
    Themes:friendship, history, courage, love, religion
    Reading age:14+
    Australian
    Elizabeth and Zenobia

    Elizabeth and Zenobia

    Jessica Miller
    Themes:friendship, imagination, courage
    Reading age:10+
    Australian
    When Friendship Followed Me Home

    When Friendship Followed Me Home

    Paul Griffin
    Themes:resilience, grief, family, friendship, identity, animals, cancer
    Reading age:9+
    The Road to Winter

    The Road to Winter

    Mark Smith
    Themes:survival, honour, friendship, love, refugees, dystopia
    Reading age:14+
    Australian
Titles with VCE English & Literature Teaching Notes
All Titles with Teaching Notes
    Survivors Club

    Survivors Club

    Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
    Themes:holocaust, survival, love, family, war
    Reading age:12+
    The Book of Whispers

    The Book of Whispers

    Kimberley Starr
    Themes:friendship, history, courage, love, religion
    Reading age:14+
    Australian
    Elizabeth and Zenobia

    Elizabeth and Zenobia

    Jessica Miller
    Themes:friendship, imagination, courage
    Reading age:10+
    Australian
    When Friendship Followed Me Home

    When Friendship Followed Me Home

    Paul Griffin
    Themes:resilience, grief, family, friendship, identity, animals, cancer
    Reading age:9+
    The Road to Winter

    The Road to Winter

    Mark Smith
    Themes:survival, honour, friendship, love, refugees, dystopia
    Reading age:14+
    Australian

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Teaching Notes Authors

Gillian Birrell is an English and Humanities teacher at Princes Hill Secondary College in Victoria. She has previously taught at St Leonard's College and Highvale Secondary College. Gillian has a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne, in which she specialised in literacy development and the teaching of Shakespeare through drama.

Louise Bourke is currently Head of English at Geelong College in Victoria where she also teaches English and Literature. She has a Masters of Education and has held positions as a VCE assessor, a member of the VCAA text advisory panels for both Literature and English and a member of the VCE English exam setting panel. She has previously been Head of English at a large Catholic School in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and taught English in government schools in the Western suburbs.

Jill Fitzsimons BA Dip Ed is a VCE English teacher and teaches at Whitefriars College in Victoria. Jill has taught at Genazzano FCJ College, Loreto Mandeville Hall and Mackillop College, Swan Hill. She has also worked as a VCE English And GAT assessor and has presented workshops for VCE English teachers. 

Sarah Mirams taught English and history at Sunbury Secondary College for sixteen years, and worked as a history curriculum consultant at the Museum of Victoria and Heritage Victoria. She is the author of several history textbooks for primary and secondary students. Her sole-owner consultancy, Past and Future Perspectives, specialises in historical research, environmental history, commissioned histories and history education. Sarah was awarded her PhD  in 2011, and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash University School of Philosophical, Historical and Social Studies.