DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 72 Skrzynecki's poems. Its best offering is undoubtedly the supple- mentary material, which incorporates texts from all genres in an extensive list. Students can use the site to link to libraries and national media in their search for additional material. The site has a wealth of material and, while not particularly glamorous, does a fine job of compiling information that teachers would spend many hours to find. S. Pollard USER LEVEL: Stage 6 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Connectedness (Psychology) in liter- ature; Human relations in literature; Social groups in literature PUBLISHER: E_rudite.resources, Australia REVIEW DATE: 31/09/2010 [809.9] *1461761* SCIS 1461761 Belonging: representations of belonging in texts www.webquestdirect.com.au/webquest.asp?id=650&page=4922 A fantastic resource for English teachers, this WebQuest deals with the construction of meaning in visual texts. The resource focuses on Shaun Tan's popular picture books: The arrival, The red tree, The lost thing and Tales from outer suburbia. The site is usefully complex. The task asks students to create a visual narrative, which is a fitting completion of understanding in this area. The site incorporates material for class work, and scaffolds support understanding. PDF files form the task and evaluation. The WebQuest provides an opportunity to explore visual literacy in an interesting and engaging way. It has potential for English 7--10, and it is specifi- cally useful for the English Stage 6 Area of Study: Belonging, with links to other support material and a vast array of support for both students and teachers. S. Pollard USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7--10; English Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Connectedness (Psychology) in liter- ature; Self-perception in literature; Human relations in literature; Social groups in literature PUBLISHER: WebQuest Direct, Australia REVIEW DATE: 31/09/2010 [809.9] *1461771* SCIS 1461771 Teen ink: magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989 www.teenink.com Creative adolescents can share their work on this site. It is free to register and submit original creations. Online publications are moderated and are divided into categories including Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Reviews, art and photographs. These categories are further subdivided into various genres and styles, making it easy to access examples of works from contributors. There are also Forums for lively discussions on a range of issues. Users can join discussions and post comments on particular pieces of writing or art. Within the art and photography section are examples of many different media including Charcoals, Computer graphics, Oil paintings, Pen & ink, Photographs, and Sculptures. Aimed at 13 to 19 year olds, this is a terrific forum for exchange of ideas and publication of personal creations. English and Visual Arts students are sure to gain inspiration from this site. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: CA; English SYLLABUS: English 7--10; English Stage 6; Visual Arts 7--10; Visual Arts Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: American literature -- Collections; Children as authors PUBLISHER: Teen Ink, USA REVIEW DATE: 24/10/2010 [810.8] SCIS 1470423 *1470423* SCIS 1470423 Robert Frost at Bread Loaf midddigital.middlebury.edu/local_files/robert_frost/ index.html Frost had a close association with this American college. His visits over 42 years, until the late 1960s, are documented here in image, word and audio. Teachers and students will find excellent value in Lectures and readings. Frost reads 18 of his poems in these lectures, most of which run for about 30 minutes, and the poems within can be accessed instantly. He analyses his own work and talks about the work and processes of other well known poets. Frost's topics in the lectures include the use of poetic symbols and parables, form and structure, technical aspects of poetry writing and reading, and how to understand poetry. The positive and negative aspects of teaching poetry surface in many of his talks, and some lectures focus entirely on poetry and pedagogy. For students researching Frost, the site is an outstanding resource. C. Thomas USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7--10; English Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: American Poetry PUBLISHER: Middlebury College, USA REVIEW DATE: 01/02/2011  *1465773* SCIS 1465773 Robert Frost out loud robertfrostoutloud.com/index.html Frost was an expert in the use of aural imagery and this compila- tion of audio recordings is a fine resource to appreciate and critique those sounds. Frost reads 22 of the site's 77 poems, including some that are often prescribed in school studies: The woodpile; Birches; The tuft of flowers; Out, out...; Mowing; The pasture; Mending wall; After apple picking and The road not taken. Each poem on the site has audio and transcript. In My Robert Frost, the site's author offers a pleasant take on appreciating Frost and the evocative landscape of New England. C. Thomas USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7--10; English Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: American poetry PUBLISHER: Robertfrostoutloud.com, USA REVIEW DATE: 01/02/2011  *1465781* SCIS 1465781 Converse: the literature website aspirations.english.cam.ac.uk/converse/gcse/ shakespeare.acds Interactive multimedia will engage students of Shakespeare on this site. Designed to appeal to younger students, the site has interest- ing sections on Shakespeare's special effects and his use of insults.