English texts & skills: Book 4
Laming, M.M. and Pearce, P. (2004) English texts & skills: Book 4. Oxford University Press.
English Texts and Skills is a four-book series designed to introduce students to a range of text types and to improve writing, grammar and language skills. Each unit models a particular style of writing through sample texts chosen to appeal to readers. English Texts and Skills includes fiction and non-fiction texts such as stories, newspaper and magazine articles, reviews, letters, playscripts, poetry, advertisements and manga. Featured texts are followed by focus questions, discussion of key features and activities for students to create their own texts for different purposes and audiences. The second part of each unit uses the material presented to explore in context the skills necessary for clear, effective writing. English Texts and Skills provides a solid grounding in the skills students will require in their senior English studies. CONTENTS • Introduction • UNIT 1—Horror: Man from the South by Roald Dahl • UNIT 2—Creating a Mood: Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee • UNIT 3—Fairy Tales and Fractured Fairy Tales: Cinderfella • UNIT 4—Mixed Genre—fantasy/humour: A Midsummer Night's Dream Team by Tanya Huff • UNIT 5—Play writing: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde • UNIT 6—Speech writing: The Redfern Speech by Paul Keating • UNIT 7—Manga: A Beautiful Friendship by Madeleine and Isabelle Laming • UNIT 8—Sonnets: On His Being Arrived to the Age of Twenty-three by John Milton and Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare • UNIT 9—Reflective writing: Ode to Poetry of Australian life on the Dandenong Line by Martha Morrow • UNIT 10—Work experience letter writing • UNIT 11—First Person Narrative: The Blooding by Nadia Wheatley • UNIT 12—Argumentative essay: The War in Iraq by Ashlea Scicluna • UNIT 13—Persuasive Essay: Current sex education is inadequate for the needs of students in secondary schools by Carmen Pace • UNIT 14—Feature article: From a Messiah to a Despot by Madeleine Laming
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