Monthly Archives: January 2013

New books for Secondary February 2013

Big Thursday by Anne Brooksbank  A moving family drama about change and loss, and having the courage and strength to surf the big breaks. By the acclaimed author of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. His dad had often spoken of … Continue reading

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New books for Primary – February 2013

The Treasure Box – Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood From two of our most talented picture-book creators comes this celebration of things that can’t be destroyed by bombs or fire. A haunting and beautiful tale of the power of words, the … Continue reading

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Girl Stuff – Kaz Cooke Revised and Updated.

6 years ago, Kaz Cooke gave parents, teachers, librarians and more importantly – Girls, a comprehensive, funny and frank guide to being a teenager. Such was the success of this invaluable tome that we are delighted to announce the fully updated and … Continue reading

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Teaching Notes for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support … Continue reading

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Teacher Review of The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

The Fault In Our Stars– John Green’s latest novel, seems to be taking the world by storm. What are our Australian teachers saying about it? Does it have applications in the classroom? Could it be a valuable addition to your classroom library and … Continue reading

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First paragraphs as writing prompts

  Continuing on with our theme of brainstorming warm up activities to use with students that are quick, fun, easy and engaging for Term One, we are reminded of an oldie but a goodie. Using first paragraphs or first sentences from novels … Continue reading

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Tuning in with Book Spine Poetry

  Term One approaches and we here at Penguin Teacher Academy are brainstorming warm up activities to use with students that are quick, fun, easy and engaging. Book Spine Poetry is a great tuning in exercise, it allows for collaboration or can … Continue reading

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