English Skills Builder 1 AC Edition Student book + obook assess

Student book + 12-month student digital licence

Fourth Edition

Mary Manning, Margaret McKenzie, Michael Horne

English Skills Builder 1 AC Edition Student book + obook assess

Student book + 12-month student digital licence

Fourth Edition

Mary Manning, Margaret McKenzie, Michael Horne




Paperback + obook


17 Sep 2013




Skills Builder Series

$38.95 AUD

$43.99 NZD

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The Australian Curriculum edition of the English Skills Builder series sees these best-selling skills resources fully revised to address the three English strands of Language, Literacy and Literature. Designed to complement any English program, this series will teach and reinforce the skills that students need at junior secondary level. Each workbook is divided into 50 units, and content explores different aspects of language use as well as different text types and genres.

The English Skills Builder series are now accompanied by digital obooks for the first time. The obook is a cloud-based web-book available anywhere, anytime, on any device, navigated by topic or by ‘page view’. As well as containing the student text, the obook offers additional Enriching Literature units focusing on texts relevant to the cross-curriculum priorities, as well as popular classic and contemporary texts.

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Part A Language and Literacy

Parts of speech

    Unit 1 Overview of parts of speech
    Unit 2 Recognising nouns
    Unit 3 Types of nouns
    Unit 4 Pronouns
    Unit 5 Verbs
    Unit 6 Regular and irregular verbs
    Unit 7 Simple verb tenses
    Unit 8 Adjectives
    Unit 9 Using adjectives
    Unit 10 Adverbs
    Unit 11 Using adverbs
    Unit 12 Prepositions
    Unit 13 Conjunctions
    Unit 14 Practice with parts of speech

Sentence structure

    Unit 15 Sentences
    Unit 16 Subject and predicate
    Unit 17 Phrases
    Unit 18 Clauses
    Unit 19 Building sentences
    Unit 20 Fragments and run-on sentences
    Unit 21 Ambiguous sentences
    Unit 22 Sentence writing practice


    Unit 23 Overview of punctuation
    Unit 24 Punctuation to end sentences
    Unit 25 Commas
    Unit 26 Apostrophes: contractions
    Unit 27 Apostrophes: possessives
    Unit 28 Punctuating speech
    Unit 29 Capital letters
    Unit 30 Abbreviations
    Unit 31 Punctuation practice

Using words

    Unit 32 Letters and syllables
    Unit 33 Prefixes and suffixes
    Unit 34 Word origins
    Unit 35 Synonyms and antonyms
    Unit 36 Homonyms
    Unit 37 Confusing pairs of words
    Unit 38 Becoming a good speller
    Unit 39 Difficult words to spell
    Unit 40 Using a dictionary
    Unit 41 Vocabulary practice
    Unit 42 Writing paragraphs
    Unit 43 Using fewer words
    Unit 44 Editing checklist

Part B Literature

    Unit 45 Reading short stories and novels
    Unit 46 Reading picture books and illustrated novels
    Unit 47 Reading poetry
    Unit 48 Reading film texts
    Unit 49 Reading non-fiction texts
    Unit 50 Reading persuasive texts


obook only content

Enrich Literature Units

    Maralinga, the Anangu Story
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    Inanimate Alice
    The Binna Binna Man
    The Dream of the Thylacine
    The Knife of Never Letting Go
    The Highwayman
    Antipodes: poetic responses


Mary Manning is the author and co-author of several textbooks on English, literature and poetry published by Oxford University Press.  She has coordinated the TAFE Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at the CAE, taught English and English Literature at Firbank Grammar School and acted as a VCE examiner for both subjects. Mary is also a published writer of poetry and short fiction.

The late Margaret McKenzie taught English, Drama and History. After obtaining the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at Holmesglen College of TAFE, she also taught editing, the construction of English and playwriting there and at the CAE for many years. She is the author of several books on grammar and style, in addition to poetry and a number of plays.

Michael Horne is an experienced teacher of English and Literature. He is currently Head of School: 10-12 at Ave Maria College, and has previously taught at Scotch College. Michael has written a number of textbooks for Oxford University Press, and has assessed the VCE English exam. He is an experienced VATE presenter, and has spoken at English association conferences in a number of states on approaches to the Australian Curriculum.

Deb McPherson is an experienced English teacher. For over fifteen years she helped select English texts for the NSW Higher School Certificate.  When she was a Senior Curriculum Officer at the NSW Board of Studies she worked on the development of the 2002 English Years 7-10 Syllabus and helped implement that syllabus when she was Manager of English for the NSW Department of Education and Training. She is the author of four anthologies of Australian non-fiction for Oxford University Press, co-author of Oxford HSC English and the Oxford online Enriching Literature series. She has lectured in English and literacy at the universities of Newcastle and Wollongong.

Jane Sherlock has been an experienced, enthusiastic and passionate teacher of English for over 35 years. She has been involved in the new English syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, first in the draft writing stages in 2010 with the NSW Board of Studies and now as a presenter throughout NSW. Jane is also an author of a number of English textbooks including the national award- winning Oxford HSC English. Jane is a part time tutor and marker for the universities of Wollongong and Charles Sturt. In 2009 Jane received the Australian College of Educators award for her contribution to education.

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