Social Media Matters, a Stage 4 English teaching program developed by teachers is available for don’t friend me. Based on the new national curriculum, it includes multimodality and transmedia activities and is included FREE with every class set of books. Books (and the teaching program) can be ordered from the publisher.
It is not often that we, as English teachers, are given the opportunity to teach a unit that has been prepared by the author of the text. Not only have we been presented with a new and engaging text focusing on the current issue of social media, don’t friend me by Khyiah Angel; it comes together with an equally innovative and engaging unit of work, Social Media Matters.
This unit of work has been targeted for stage 4 and is intended for a six-week period. It is in line with the Australian curriculum and also follows the principles of the quality-teaching framework.
This teaching unit not only focuses on developing skills for novel analysis, it also develops others skills, such as ICT, ethics, critical thinking and sociology; as it focuses on youth culture, peer pressure and cyber bullying.
The contemporary topic of social media is sure to engage even the hardest of classes to teach. To ensure high levels of engagement, the author has also integrated this into the learning style; incorporating digital text and multimedia into the class and assignment tasks.
This unit is a must for all Stage 4 students. What an exciting way for students to become engaged in the studies of English!
Gabrielle Maina, English Teacher, NSW Department of Education.
“You have great insight into the way social media can control and divert the friendships and relationships of teenagers and the way in which it crosses the home/school boundaries.”
Matt, High School Teacher.