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Questions: Revealing Characters' Feelings

Grammar for Writing

Being able to give your reader an insight into your character's mind is a valuable skill in writing narratives. This video explains how questions can be used to reveal what characters are thinking, whether genuine or rhetorical, and from a...Show More
Simple Sentences: Giving Opinions and Persuading

Simple Sentences: Giving Opinions and Persuading

Grammar for Writing

For letters to the editor, online discussions and essays, being able to express your point of view effectively is very useful. This video highlights that you don't have to use complicated sentences to write a good persuasive text—clear and...Show More
Statements, Questions and Commands: Developing Characters

Statements, Questions and Commands: Developing Characters

Grammar for Writing

Characters are an essential component of many narrative texts, such as a novel or a short story. This video shows how you can use a variety of sentence types – statements, questions and commands – in your narrative writing to develop...Show More
Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Instructions

Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Instructions

Grammar for Writing

To write a recipe that's easy to understand and follow, it's important to show the relationships between a series of individual instructions or directions. This video covers how to combine simple commands into compound sentences, using the...Show More
Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Persuading

Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Persuading

Grammar for Writing

When writing a movie review, it is important to be able to express your opinions and conclusions precisely. This video reinforces that sometimes, it can be more effective to use simple sentences, rather than compound or complex sentences, for...Show More
Statements and Commands: Giving Instructions

Statements and Commands: Giving Instructions

Grammar for Writing

A good instructional text needs to get your message across clearly and be easy for readers to follow. This video explains the difference between two sentence types commonly found in informative texts—statements and commands—and how to use...Show More
Statements: Presenting Facts and Findings

Statements: Presenting Facts and Findings

Grammar for Writing

When writing a biography, article, report or instruction manual, delivering information in a clear and engaging way is crucial. This video introduces the two most common sentence types found in informative texts—statements and commands—and...Show More
Simple Sentences: Creating Drama and Tension

Simple Sentences: Creating Drama and Tension

Grammar for Writing

A well-written narrative, such as a short story, poem or script, can be exciting, tense and suspenseful. This video illustrates how short, simple sentences can be used to create a different pace and mood in narrative writing, compared to longer...Show More
Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Conclusions

Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Conclusions

Grammar for Writing

There's a skill to writing great science reports that are both clear and easy to understand. This video identifies the sections of a report where it can be better to use simple sentences, rather than more detailed ones, to make it easy for...Show More
Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Events

Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Events

Grammar for Writing

When writing a recount, such as a diary entry, you might find yourself needing to show the relationships or connections between ideas. This video explains how to use compound sentences to describe a series of events, using the coordinating...Show More
Romantic Poetry in Context

Romantic Poetry in Context

Literary Contexts: British Poetry

The Romantic movement grew out of the Age of Enlightenment, nurturing the idea of the importance of the imagination — and then letting it run wild. This video explains the historical context behind the poetry of Romantics including Blake,...Show More
Victorian Poetry in Context

Victorian Poetry in Context

Literary Contexts: British Poetry

The Victorian era can appear starched, overly refined and repressed, but it was also a time when turbulent reforms were sweeping across Europe. This video explains the historical context behind the poetry of Victorian including Tennyson, Arnold,...Show More
World War One Poetry in Context

World War One Poetry in Context

Literary Contexts: British Poetry

The early 20th century was one of the most volatile periods of history and poetry exposed the true nature of World War I. This video explains the historical context behind the poetry of war poets including Pope, McCrae, Brooke, Owen and Sassoon,...Show More
Sailmaker in Context

Sailmaker in Context

Literary Contexts: Scottish Plays

In the early 20th century, Scotland’s shipyards went from being the busiest in the world to relics of the past. Discussing Scotland’s industrial transformation and subsequent decline, changing gender roles and societal norms, as well as the...Show More
Men Should Weep in Context

Men Should Weep in Context

Literary Contexts: Scottish Plays

In the 1930s, life for Glaswegians living in tenements was characterised by unemployment, poverty, disease and deprivation. Discussing Scotland’s economic decline and depression, life in Glasgow tenements and changing gender roles and...Show More
Tally's Blood in Context

Tally's Blood in Context

Literary Contexts: Scottish Plays

In the early 20th century, Glasgow became home to the third-largest Italian community in the United Kingdom. Discussing the reasons for Italian immigration to Scotland, Scottish patriotism and anti-immigrant prejudice and societal structures in...Show More
How Is Fake News Created?

How Is Fake News Created?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

This video examines common ways of creating fake news, such as maintaining a website that hosts misleading articles and using social media accounts and chatbots to increase traffic. It also explores the common reasons Fake News is generated and...Show More
What Is Fake News?

What Is Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

The way in which news is delivered and consumed has changed rapidly over time and continues to evolve today. This video examines some of the issues that have arisen from this, defining fake news and explaining and providing examples of hoaxes,...Show More
Can You Spot Fake News?

Can You Spot Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

This engaging video tests what students have learned from the ‘Fake News’ series by checking their ability to distinguish real news from fake news. It includes ‘news’ such as clickbait from ELLE magazine, Russia releasing lions into the...Show More
What Are the Dangers of Fake News?

What Are the Dangers of Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

People frequently make important decisions about their health, families and political issues based on news, without knowing whether it is fake or true. This video shows how making, consuming and sharing fake news about events that never took...Show More
Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?

Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

This video equips students with strategic skills to analyse and easily spot fake news. It explores how to perform a visual check of an app or website, conduct reverse image searches and look for unusual domain extensions or misspelled words and...Show More
Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

This video explores the factors that make fake news easy to believe. Case studies, including the story of Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump for president and dolphins in Venice during the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrate how modern busy lifestyles...Show More
The Great Gatsby in Context

The Great Gatsby in Context

Literary Contexts: American Literature

The period following World War I was an era of widespread prosperity in the United States. Long Island, New York, became the playground of the privileged, exemplifying the excesses of the Jazz Age. This video investigates how the concept of the...Show More
A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

Literary Contexts: American Literature

By the mid-20th century, New Orleans had gone from a city modernised by the Jazz Age to a hub of poverty and crime. While middle-class Americans thrived, poor and marginalised segments of the population continued to struggle. This video explores...Show More
In Cold Blood in Context

In Cold Blood in Context

Literary Contexts: American Literature

The economic prosperity that swept the United States post-World War II changed lifestyles and attitudes greatly. The tragic murder of the Clutters, the epitome of the ideal American family, showed how the American Dream could go terribly wrong....Show More