HarperCollins Virtual Author Excursions 2013 TERM 1

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HarperCollins Publishers in conjunction with Electroboard offers a wide range of  FREE Author and Illustrator programs and resources to help educators interactively connect, successfully share content and collaborate with students and colleagues globally.

Today’s digitally connected world presents challenges and opportunities never seen before. Video Conferencing is making it easier for authors and illustrators to connect with young readers in their classrooms or libraries.

Authors and illustrators can have a completely interactive, informative, and most of all, fun visit with young readers.

 Comprehensive Teacher’s Resources and Smartnotes are available to help you use our books in the classroom following the Video Sessions. They include plot summaries, themes for discussion, ideas for research projects, worksheets and much more. The notes cover books from a wide range of styles and subjects, suitable for primary and secondary school students across curriculums

To attend any events you to must register on the See Share Shape  website.

TERM 1 Events

A is for Aunty

Wednesday 13th February 2013

Session Title: Storytelling Activity with A is for Aunty


In this interactive workshop students will explore the alphabet using A is for Auntyby Elaine Russell.  SIn this interactive tudents will have the opportunity to contribute their own ideas for alphabet words related to their local areas.  Teachers will have the opportunity to share alphabet images from their local environment using their SMART Board if they have them available.

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other schools using appropriate online communication strategies.

Target audience Foundation
Reference Books/Materials A is for Aunty by Elaine Russell

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Diary of a Wombat

Wednesday  20th February

Session Title: Creating Humorous Texts with Jackie French


In this interactive workshop students will delve into the life of a wombat.  Jackie will help the students uncover what makes a story interesting or entertaining.

The students will also have the opportunity to share ideas and create stories that are entertaining and funny for other students to read. 

Target audience:  Year 1

Reference Books/Materials : Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French ISBN: 9780732286620

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Nyuntu Nintidirrangun  whalers

Pecha Kucha

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Project

Creating a space for students to meet, network, and show their work in public…..

Session Title:- Where we came from

Students from around Australia share Indigenous stories, music and/or art.

 Session Dates

Wed 20th Feb      Wed 13th March      Wed 3rd April




In this interactive project students will share stories and presentations of what makes us Australian. Students will explore Australian stories, share their own Australian stories and constructed a short video to be published on the Harper Collins Teachers Hub website. Harper Collins will provide students with feedback on writing stories to get published and the publishing process. The project will draw heavily on the students own community resources, as well as a range of experts determined in the initial stages of the project. Students will be expected to read and contribute their own ideas of important literature, art and music. Students will also be creating stories, music and art throughout the experience.

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other schools using appropriate online communication strategies.

Please note that this is an ongoing event and that all schools/classes must enrol in all Wonder Wall Video Conference events to ensure quality continuing discussion. If you cannot attend all dates please do not enrol.

Target audience
Year 4-7 – Teachers will be given the opportunity to differentiate in their own classrooms but all students will be expected to contribute at a high level.

Suggested Reading Materials

  • Nyuntu Ninti, Bob Randall  and Melanie Hogan ISBN 9780733328503
  • Minah, Dirrangun and Whalers by Bronwyn Bancroft
  • Stradbroke Dreaming by Oodgeroo Nunukul and Bronwyn Bancroft ISBN 978020719865
  •  Stories from Country by Bob Randall 9780733320477

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Mr Bear Branches

Session Title
Visual Literacy & Problem Solving

Session details
Wed 27th Feb
11.30am – 12.15pm
12.25pm – 1.10pm

In this interactive workshop students will explore how the visual elements of the story help the reader build meaning.  Students will learn how they can help their characters come to life and help tell the story with theme.  Students will then get some tips on how to create a story trailer or short animation for the book.

Target audience
Year 2

Reference Books/Materials
Mr Bear Branches and The Cloud Conundrum by Terri Rose Baynton
ISBN: 9780733329210
Mr Bear Branches Mr Bear Branches is a thinker. He likes to read about unusual subjects such as ‘physics, pterodactyls and the biology of amoebae’.
His friend Lintfrey Longfellow is a dreamer. He’s perfectly happy with simple things, like chasing pigeons.
But the two friends love walking and talking together and most of all they love to lie in the grass and watch the clouds …
One day Lintfrey decides that he wants to lie on top of the clouds.
And Mr Bear Branches has a conundrum. How can he make his friend’s wish come true?
This is a delightfully whimsical story for young readers about dreams, friendship and the wonder of the natural world.

SMART Notebook unit of work available upon registration

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Wed 6th March

Session Title
What is the story behind the animal?

Discussions about drawings with particular attention to connecting the feelings and behaviours of anthropomorphic stories with human emotions and relationships.

  • Bruce will help students create their own animal characters with a story to tell.Target audience
    Year 3Reference Books/Materials
    The Ugliest Dog in the World by Bruce Whatley ISBN: 9781743097199
  • Little White Dogs Can’t Jump  ISBN 9780207198830
  • The Magnetic Dog ISBN 9780207184208

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onion-tears Onion tears Book

Wed 20th March

 Session Title

Students from around Australia share stories of identity with Harper Collins and Oxfam.
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Walz for Matilda

Session Title

‘A love song to a land, and to a nation.’

The action in this novel takes place before and after federation and details the gradual growth of the move towards a federated nation and some of the influences on public opinion. It also looks at the White Australia Policy and its relationship with the Federation Movement. Join Jackie French in a discussion of the book. Students will be encouraged to share stories of community from their own perspectives.
Target audience
Year 6
Reference Books/Materials
A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French ISBN 9780732290214
In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But drought grips the land, and the shearers are on strike. Her father has turned swaggie and he’s wanted by the troopers. In front of his terrified daughter, he makes a stand against them, defiant to the last. ‘You’ll never catch me alive, said he…’

SMART Notebook unit of work available upon registration

Curriculum Links
Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)

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