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Teaching and learning sequences

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: In this Level 3 unit, students will examine the concept of beauty not being what it is traditionally known as.
  • Guilty … or not?: In this Level 3 unit, students are asked to publish and present a persuasive argument around the characters in well-known fairy tales.
  • On the scene: In this Level 4 unit, students will create an interactive student newsletter with a theme of their choice.
  • Post-apocalyptia: This Level 5 unit has been designed to help students learn about style and ideas in creative writing.
  • Society, obsessions and excess: This Level 5 unit has been designed to help students learn about the process of structuring ideas for effective, clear communication while exploring the theme of excess in society.
  • Trickery: In this Level 4 unit, students will look at the techniques used by an author to create suspense and then create an alternate end to the story which uses these techniques.



New Zealand resources

International resources

Links to on-line activities, games and quizzes on various aspects of the English language from the BBC UK:

Other international resources

  • Anagrams: online game creating anagrams in a race against time and an opponent.
  • Eponyms: some fun extension to the English language – Eponyms, what are they?
  • Folger Shakespeare Library (Shakespeare for kids): facts, information and games about, and relating to the works of Shakespeare.
  • Fun brain: a range of games, including word games.
  • Riddles: riddles – it’s in the words!
  • Palindromes: fun with Palindromes for all ages.
  • Puzzle Maker: create puzzles using vocabulary from your work, including Word Searches and Cross Words, plus many more.
  • Roald Dahl: the official website for Roald Dahl fans. Resources and information to supplement learning about the author and his work.


Details of events in literature happening around New Zealand

Student competitions


  • Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies (Eighth Edition) by Eric Frangenheim, published by Rodin Education Publishing, ©2006 Eric Frangenheim: A wide range of strategies to enhance learning in the classroom.
  • Word Winks, ©2004 MindWare Holdings, Inc, Illustrations by Tess Zimmer: a wide range of visual puzzles depicting well-known phrases and idioms.

Primary resources

Eberle’s creative thinking tool SCAMPER can be used with students at all levels to plan flexible, open-ended learning activities that generate a wide variety of ideas.



The following resources were developed as part of the Tools 4 Talent Development professional learning programme. A Three-level Reading Guide asks students to identify true or false statements about a piece of text at literal or inferential levels. These statements can be used as the basis for further inquiry or research.

Secondary resources

PDF icon. The fat man (PDF, 123 KB)

PDF icon. The hobbit (PDF, 111 KB)

These resources are based on the Williams-Cognitive-Affective Interaction Model which encourages higher-level thinking skills.

PDF icon. The kite runner (PDF, 131 KB)

This unit is designed around the Parallel Curriculum Model and is suitable for Year 12 and 13 students.