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Creative Horizons: Crafting creative writers

Small Creative HorizonsAuthor: Mel Dixon
Publisher: English Teachers Association NSW (2016), 116 pages
Price: $45

The first line, 'writing imaginatively is one of the hardest skills to master and it is also difficult to teach' resonates with me and with other teachers of English. The emotionless stares and blank pages in the classroom cause imaginative writing to become a chore. I know I’m not alone in hearing the cries of students stating 'I don’t know what to write'. Mel Dixon's Creating Creative Writers breaks down the components of creative writing to provide students with the skills and terminology that they need in order to write a creative response.

This text is the first in a series of reference books that scaffolds secondary students into the writers that they need to be to succeed in secondary education. Other books in the series include:

Book 2: Creative writing ideas for the classroom

Book 3: Writing in different narrative forms


My English: Victorian Curriculum 7, 8, 9

Small My English 7Authors: Rachel Williams and Michael Horne
Publisher: Oxford University Press (2017), 90 pages
RRP: $25.95 each

The Oxford My English: Victorian Curriculum series for years/levels 7, 8 and 9 would be a constructive addition to any school booklist or, indeed, would be a useful teacher resource for curriculum and lesson planning.

Aside from being visually appealing and, therefore, motivating, the series provides a highly structured and logical progression to guide students’ skill and knowledge acquisition.

The books are divided into three parts, each suitably aligned to sub-strands of the Victorian Curriculum (i.e. text structure and organisation; expressing and developing ideas): Using Words; Organising Words and Ideas; Expressing and Sharing Ideas.