Lots of books

Books For Boys

list on this site  you could try.


Australian Authors
A fairly long list of links to pages with info. on Australian authors of interest to school students at:

The Most Commonly Used Words In English

1000 of the most commonly used words in English

The 6,318 Most Commonly-Used Words in English?

There is also mention of "the Extended Ayres List" This list is the 1800
most commonly used words in English and begins with the highest frequency
words that all children need when they being writing and reading.

 If you're specifically after Australian, try this (you'll need to scroll about two-thirds of the way down the page):

ASLA Year 8 Romance Booklist at
Romeo & Juliet
Love Story
Pride & Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Robin Hood
Gone with the Wind
Love stories from the Old Testament (Ruth and Boaz / Esther and Ahasuerus)
Any Regency books by Georgette Heyer
A Proposale (sic) from Daisy Ashford’s "Young Visitors".
48 Shades of Brown
Sweet Valley High series
Guitar Highway Rose
Sweet Dreams series
Great Expectations

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
King George VI and Wallis Simpson
Romeo and Juliet
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Sonny & Cher
Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt
Jada Pinket & Will Smith
John Travolta & Kelly Preston
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Antony and Cleopatra
Shrek and Princess Fiona
Popeye and Olive Oyl
Donald Duck and Daisy
Little Bo Peep and Woodsy (Toy Story),
Homer and Marge
Victoria and Albert
Bonnie and Clyde
Frankie and Johnny
Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett
Capt Von Trapp and Maria
William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway
Tristan and Isolde
Prince Charming and Cinderella
Beauty and the Beast
Lancelot and Guineviere
Marie and Pierre Curie,
Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver

Edward Scissorhands
You've Got Mail
Sleepless in Seattle
A Room with a View
Strictly Ballroom
Moulin Rouge
Notting Hill

Lady of Shallot

Explore and explain:
"If you love somebody, let them go. If they return, they were always yours.
If they don't, they never were."
"Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."
"Love builds bridges where there are none."
"Where there is love there is life."
"Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your
good health has vanished."
"Love means never having to say you're sorry."
We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't
just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get
on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look
after it and nurture it." (John Lennon)
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know
peace" (Jimi Hendrix)

The REAL story behind St Valentines Day
Is the fairy tale the truth? Can there really be happily ever after?
The traditions and rituals of marriage across the centuries and the cultures
Compare song lyrics - why is love an eternal theme?
Compare Romeo & Juliet to West Side Story to Ganglands

A lot of poor spellers and readers get their creativity blocked because the
ideas are trapped inside them and can't come out on paper.  So I always
think we should give people more oral work (not just more work on spelling)
to release both their thinking and their imagination.  For example:-
1.  Telling a story or a joke in a round circle every day.
2.  Taping stories
3.  Creating videos,
4.  Interviewing people around the school or community
5.  Learning how to master the kid version of Dragon Naturally Speaking.
6.  Presenting information to a class or a group in the community.

Part of this has come from my work in the writing field where it is
important for creativity to be practised in ways other than just paper.  And
part came from my experiences as a ski instructor in Austria where I didn't
have enough of the language to speak - and to think - with fluency.  I woke
up one morning knowing that I had been dreaming like this:  The snow is
good.  The weather is good.  The skiing is good.

Not good.

Research also shows that people with a LD who learn to touch type have much
less difficulty with spelling (and not just because of spell check.)
Something to do with it being easier to push a button than form the curve of
a letter like 'a' and also the spelling goes into muscle memory.

This one is great for younger/less able spellers and readers particularly the interactive activities.

Kid's mysteries

April 2005


Updated Nov. - Dec. 2004
Feb.  - May  2005