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Teaching with AustLit

  • For Secondary School Teachers

    The Gallery below includes resources from specialised areas of research that can help teachers address the three Cross-Curriculum Priorities and the seven General Capabilities objectives of the Australian Curriculum.

  • What Else Does AustLit Offer?

  • Explore the AustLit Research pages for some great research-based encounters with Australian literary and storytelling activities.

    • Discover the rich resources available through our partnership with Copyright Agency'sReading Australia project.
    • Search for any author or text, or more complex combination enquiries, and find out more!
    • A collection of Lesson Plans including a fabulous video by internationally successful Australian Speculative Fiction Writer, Kim Wilkins, talking about how to write spec. fic. stories.
  • More for the Secondary School Teacher

    If you're teaching Australian texts at a high school, AustLit is an excellent source of biographical and (particularly) bibliographical information on the Australian texts included in high-school syllabi.

    From anyone of our work records, you can find

    • accurate bibliographical information.
    • lists of secondary resources, some online.
    • links to library holdings.
    • information on the work's subjects and setting.

    The advanced search page gives you even more control over your access to the database's contents. Using our advanced search function, you can perform targeted searches, searching for authors by gender, birth date, or cultural heritage, and searching for works by genre, publication date, or language.

    AustLit, in short, allows you to map your route through the vast, amorphous landscape of Australian writing.

    As well as the main database, AustLit also groups records into specialised datasets, allowing targeted searching of certain categories. Some of the research datasets that are of particular use to high-school teaching include:

    • BlackWords, our collection records on works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

    You can also use the advanced search page to set up specific searches across the breadth of AustLit's content.

    For example, did you know that AustLit has records for

    • in fact, almost 5000 works, of all sorts, labelled 'young adult'?

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