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Inspired English Series: Creative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Art - Review 1

Inspired English Teacher SmallAuthors: Susie May and Purnima Ruanglerbutr (NGV)
Publisher: National Gallery of Victoria and Macmillan Education, 2016
RRP: $21.99 (student books); $99.99 (teacher books)

The recently released Inspired English series is a pair of student workbooks with comprehensive accompanying teacher workbooks for the Years 7-10 English classroom.

The first book in the series is targeted at Years 7-8. The book consists of five ‘projects’ such as ‘Descriptive writing’ ‘The language of popular culture’ and ‘The art of story telling: exploring contemporary issues.’ Each project opens with a mix of well and lesser known artworks for inspiration and focus. Targeted exercises with very specific questions carefully guide students and encourage close analysis and interpretation of these visuals. A variety of writing activities then build on these skills and lead to a range of creative writing tasks.


English/EAL: Steps to Success

Eng EAL Steps for Success SmallAuthor: Anne Mitchell
Macmillan Education (2016), 173 pages

This text book gives the purchaser 24 months access to Macmillan Digital. It gives free online resources including planning templates, answers to exercises, proofreading checklists, exam revision exercises, and sample responses.

There are clear and practical strategies for dealing with the new study design throughout this text. Each section has a number of exercises which could easily be used as class exercises, group tasks, or set as individual homework or revision tasks. Each chapter gives students hints to improve their work and aim higher. It is an engaging and accessible resource for both the EAL and English study design. Where the two courses vary, there are clearly defined tasks for the two courses. 


VCE Literature: Steps to Success

VCE Lit Steps for Success smallAuthor: Anne Mitchell
Publisher: Macmillan Education, 2016, 174 pages
RRP: $39.99

This is a necessary, thorough and excellent companion to the new VCE Literature study design for both VCE Literature teachers and students alike. Anne Mitchell’s VCE Literature: Steps to Success gives clear, accessible and achievable goals that are attainable for students studying the two year VCE Literature course because she shows them the steps to get there within each chapter and then cleverly summarises every chapter at the end with ten steps.


Practise and Achieve Student/Teacher Books

PAchieveStdBk1Authors: Louise Moore, Maddy Barnes
Publisher: Insight, 2016
RRP: $24.95

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OK! Good to know, and something many teachers would ignore and/or forget to do. Where do you stand on the issue of copyright and piracy?

This series of interactive, classroom friendly, easy-to-follow, easy-to-use, readable, well presented, rich and useful workbooks comes from Insight – a publisher that I find is consistently the leader of the pack at producing quality school-based materials and textbooks.


English Year 12 for the new VCE Study Design 2017-2020

Author: Robert Beardwood
Publisher: Insight Publications (2016), 234 pages
RRP: $47.95

This is the latest text book from Insight publications for the new course commencing in 2017 for Year 12. It follows their textbook, English Year 11, mirroring the same layout and Assessment Sheets. This text can be purchased as a print and digital bundle ($57.95), print only ($47.95) or digital only ($33.95) making it very flexible as both a teacher resource and as a book-listed student resource. This year our school book listed English Year 11 and found it extremely useful.