Teaching Guide

The Teaching Guide is designed to accompany the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. It comprises ten units framed around concepts that focus on a range of themes, ideas and issues, for lower, middle and upper secondary English students. It is supplemented by a range of film clips and other resources.

While the Teaching Guide is designed specifically for secondary teachers and students, tertiary teachers will find useful questions and ideas within these units that could be used with their classes. The focus statements for each of the ten units along with the list of suggested texts provide ideas that could be adapted for discussion or assignment work at tertiary level.


Project managers for the Teaching Guide for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature are Associate Professor Donna Gibbs and Dr Kerry-Ann O’Sullivan, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW.

They have been assisted by: Associate Professor Catherine Beavis, Don Carter, Ellen Connolly, Dr Anita Heiss, Mark Howie, Mike Jenkins, Dr Wendy Morgan, Associate Professor Marnie O’Neill, Karren Philp, Juliet Paine, Di Schriever, Joan Slattery, John Watson, and Marion G. White.

Those who contributed significantly to the writing of the online units include: Marina Foster, Fran Knight, Margaret McClintock, Rosie McKellar, Anita O’Brien, Karen Yager and Andrea Wilson.