English Workbook 2 - 3rd Edition: Print & eBook


English Workbook 2 has been fully revised for the Australian Curriculum. Focusing on the three strands of Language, Literacy and Literature it provides clear links to the curriculum outcomes.

Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9781420232769 Publisher: Macmillan Categories: Australian CurriculumWritingVocabularySpellingReadingPoetryLiteracyGrammarCritical ThinkingComprehensionCommunication SkillsEnglishEnglish

Part of the series English Workbook 2.

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These popular and stimulating English Workbooks for junior secondary have been fully revised for the Australian Curriculum. Focusing on the three strands of Language, Literacy and Literature it provides clear links to the curriculum outcomes. The series takes a logical and sequential developmental approach, with new skills and knowledge introduced in each unit, while those introduced in previous years are reinforced.

English Workbook 2 (3rd Edition) - Print & eBook


  • Logical and sequential approach to the development of skills and knowledge
  • Chapters open on double page spreads with explicit curriculum links and a spelling and vocabulary exercise
  • Multiple assessment tasks included per unit
  • Homework exercise included in each unit and also available to download online

Digital support The workbook comes with 15 months free access to an interactive eBook version. Additional media files including audio, video and weblinks, which supplement texts and knowledge, will also be accessible online.


Unit 1: Connections with place

  • Build your vocabulary
  • Home and your environment
  • Stay or move?
  • Assessment task 1.1—Reading test
  • The language barrier
    • ‘Asking for a “kiss”’ (Mansour)
    • Strine
    • Idioms
  • Influences of and on English
    • Multicultural food words
    • American English
    • Words derived from other languages
  • Connections with country
    • Jessica Mauboy
    • ‘This land is mine’ (Kelly and Carmody)
    • Aboriginal land rights
    • Gough Whitlam’s Gurindji speech
    • Dreaming stories
    • ‘How the birds got their colours’
  • Assessment task 1.2—Imaginative piece
  • Displacement
    • ‘I am here with hundreds of hopes’ (Moore)
    • Chief Seattle
    • Chief Seattle’s 1854 oration
    • Displaced children
    • Pennies for Hitler (French)
    • The children of the king (Hartnett)
    • Stolen Generations’ testimonies
  • Homework task—Reflection and interview

Unit 2: School days

  • Build your vocabulary
  • You as a learner
    • Learning styles
    • Learning in teams
  • The right to an education
    • Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the United Nations
  • An ideal school
    • ‘The school I’d like’ (Britton)
    • ‘Funky school’ (Overington)
    • Introductory paragraph
  • Nominalisation
    • Noun suffixes
  • The impact of teachers
    • The Story of My Life (Keller)
  • Computer games in the English classroom
  • Assessment task 2.1—Opinion piece
  • Schooling in the past
    • ‘The school boy’ (Blake)
    • Reflection
    • Corporal punishment
    • Boy (Dahl)
  • Holidays
    • Short story about holidays
    • ‘Through the tunnel’ (Lessing)
    • Comic strip about holidays
    • Blue (Grant)
  • Assessment task 2.2—Multimodal text about holidays
  • Homework task—Four levels of comprehension
    • ‘The fun they had’ (Asimov)

Unit 3: Language, purpose and audience

  • Build your vocabulary
  • Language choices
  • Language and text types
  • Words with connotations
  • Tone
    • Tone synonyms
    • High, medium and low modality words
  • Assessment task 3.1—Language analysis test
    • ‘Homework should be abolished’ (Gunawardana)
    • Same topic, different tone
  • The language of advertising
    • Proofreading
    • Remember apostrophes?
    • Parody
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Language for inspiring and motivating
    • Winston Churchill, 1940
  • Sentence structure
  • Punctuation
    • Sentences
    • Capital letters
    • Commas
    • Brackets
    • Dashes
    • Colons
    • Semicolons
    • Quotation marks
  • Assessment task 3.2—Persuasive text research (oral)
  • Language for informing and reporting
    • Discussion about newspapers
    • Typical features of news reports
    • Direct and indirect speech
    • Headlines
  • Assessment task 3.3—News report
  • Language for description
    • Vivid adjectives
    • Interesting verbs
    • Similes
    • Metaphors
    • Describing an underwater world
    • ‘Snorkelling on Phi Phi Island’ (Healy)
  • Language for creating suspense
    • Varying sentence length
    • Say cheese and die! (Stine)
  • Homework task—Descriptive pieces

Unit 4: Investigating literature

  • Build your vocabulary
  • Book chat
  • Fiction—narratives
    • The plot
    • The setting
    • Jane Eyre (Brontë)
    • Rebel girl (Geason)
    • One whole and perfect day (Clarke)
    • The giver (Lowry)
    • Characters
    • Holes (Kelly)
  • Cinematic techniques
  • Narrative poems
    • ‘The highwayman’ (Noyes)
    • Putting characters in the hot seat
    • Poetic devices
  • Themes and messages
    • Questions to think about
  • Assessment task 4.1—Reflection on a theme
  • Non-fiction
    • Journals
    • ‘Scott’s journal’ (Scott)
    • Autobiographies
    • Mao’s Last Dancer (Li)
  • Responding to literature
    • Film review
    • Writing an analytical response to text
  • Assessment task 4.2—Analytical text response
  • Homework task—Start a journal

Unit 5: Working with words

  • Build your vocabulary
  • Vocabulary exercises
    • Sentences
    • Antonyms
    • Synonyms
    • Homonyms
    • Words often confused
  • Etymology
    • -ology
    • More words derived from Greek
    • More words derived from Latin
    • Interesting word origins
    • French words
    • Italian words
    • Our changing language
  • Morphemes
    • Prefixes
    • Suffixes
    • Nominalisation
    • Forming adjectives
    • Forming adverbs
    • Unusual plurals
  • Spelling strategies
    • Syllabification
    • Using syllabification to improve reading
    • Jane Eyre (Brontë)
  • Assessment task 5.1— Reading and vocabulary test
  • Homework task—Words often confused

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Also Available in the 'English Workbook (3rd Edition)' Series

English Workbook 1
English Workbook 3
English Workbook 4

ISBN 9781420232769
Publisher Macmillan
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 8,
Author(s) Anne Mitchell

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