English Issues

Please note that the articles you use as the basis for your issue MUST be dated after September 01 2015.

 

There are 4 sections on this page to help you find information on Issues:

1. ECHO

2. Other useful Sites

3. Current Social Issues and Current Environmental Issues

4. Current Awareness File (Vertical File)

 

ECHO

How to use ECHO ECHO.jpgOnline

You can search from either school or home. You can type echo ed into Google, use the link below or go to http://www.echoeducation.com.au.

ECHO has 2 parts:

1.  ECHO creates two search paths. One is 'Issues Outlines' which provides an  information package on different issues.

2. You can also search ECHO's online index.  An index provides details for newspaper articles published in the Herald Sun, the Age and The Australian newspapers. It does not give you the whole article but provides references to find the article. You can search for topics using simple keywords and you can access this from either school or home.  You can print out a list of articles about your chosen issue and then go and find the articles in the Vertical File or newspaper stack in the school library.

 

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1. Click here to go to

 Echo Online

2. Click on the members login on the right hand side.

3. Get the username and password from library staff or see this document "VCE English Echo" on the RSC intranet/student services/library. There are two options for searching in ECHO: Issue Outlines and Newspaper Indexes.

4. Choose either Issues Outlines or Newspaper Index

 Issue Outlines

 The issues outlines section provides information packages on a range of current issues. Much of the research is done for you, so these are very useful. Each issues outline includes a list of newspaper articles on a specific issue and some AV clips which provide:

  • an introduction to the media issue
  • background information - what propelled this issue into the public arena
  • arguments in favour
  • arguments against
  • further implications
  • weblinks and documents

You can use any issue from this year's Issues list or last year's Issues list, provided it has the green VCE tick next to the issue. Do NOT use an issue that does not have a green VCE tick next to it,  as it does not comply with VCAA requirements for this task.

Newspaper Articles

The Newspaper index can be searched just the same as the library catalogue.  This is a good starting point for your research, as it searches the headline title of newspaper articles for the key words you have entered.

1. Choose the year or choose the VCE Special File updated to 2015-2016. (VCE Special file chooses articles only from September 2015 onwards)
2. Use simple keywords in the search box.
3. A list of newspaper articles grouped by subject will appear.
4. Print off or write down the articles you want to read and ask a teacher-librarian to get these newspapers out or go to the Vertical File.

 

Other useful sites

To research your English Issue try Echo Online (see below). There are also a number of useful places to find issues topics or information:

 Google News

 

The Age Issues in the news

 

Colleen Ricci breaks down a current issue in the news and explains them clearly, she notes the Opinion of the Age newspaper taken from one of the editorials printed in the paper and includes a range of opinions that have been printed in different newspapers.  She also gives you a list of relevant newspaper articles.  The last section on the webpage is titled 'Your View' - this summarises the issue in a single sentence.

 ABC news

You can find Video, Audio, Photos Video and Transcripts of news that have aired on ABC News and ABC Radio. This is good for obtaining background on a particular issue.

  The Drum

This is the ABC's Analysis and Opinion on issues of the day. Also helpful are the comments from the public under the issues discussed.

  Insight SBS

 

  News.com

 

     The Conversation

 

 

The Wheeler Centre - Fifth Estate Lectures 

 

 

 

Current Social Issues and Current Environmental Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are magazines type publications which are published weekly. The issues are listed on the front cover of each magazine.They will have 2 -5 articles on each issue listed on the front cover from a range of newspapers. You can find the relevant volume by browsing the covers or by using the library catalogue and typing in a specific issue keyword.

 Current Awareness (Vertical File)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a filing cabinet in the library which has folders of clipped newspaper articles on different topics.  Topics are arranged according to specific subjects.

You can photocopy any articles you want to use. Take care that the dates of the newspaper articles are within the time frame allowed.

Here is a list of all of the folders that are in our  Current Awareness  (Vertical File)

ABORIGINAL PEOPLES

ABORTION

ACCIDENT PREVENTION           Includes INDUSTRIAL HEALTH & SAFETY

ADOLESCENTS                              Includes GANGS

ADOPTION

ADVERTISING                                See also MASS MEDIA, TELEVISION, CONSUMERS

AFRICA                                             See also POVERTY, GENOCIDE

AGED                                                 See also FAMILY, POPULATION

AGRICULTURE

Aids (Disease)                                  See HIV/AIDS

Air pollution                                     See POLLUTION, GLOBAL WARMING

ALCOHOL

Alpine Grazing                                 See NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY              Includes SOLAR ENERGY, WIND POWER, ALTERNATIVE FUELS

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

ANIMALS                                          Includes DOG ATTACKS. See also ENDANGERED SPECIES,   MAMMALS

ANIMALS – TREATMENT           Includes DUCK HUNTING, JUMPS RACING

Anorexia                                            See EATING DISORDERS, BODY IMAGE, WEIGHT CONTROL

ANTARCTICA

ART

ASIA                                                   See also CHINA ,JAPAN, INDONESIA ,INDIA

Asylum Seekers                               See IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES

AUSTRALIA – POLITICS &   GOVERNMENT       Includes REPUBLICANISM

AUSTRALIA– SOCIAL     CONDITIONS                 See also SPORT, POPULATION, CITIES & TOWNS

Banks & Banking                             See ECONOMICS

Beauty Pageants (Children)          See FAMILY

Bicycle Registration                        See ROAD SAFETY

Biotechnology                                  See GENETIC ENGINEERING

BODY IMAGE                                  See also EATING DISORDERS, ADOLESCENTS

Bulimia                                              See EATING DISORDERS

BULLYING                                        See also ADOLESCENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA

BUSHFIRES                                     See also DISASTERS

BUSINESS                                        Includes COMPANIES, See also ECONOMICS

CANCER                                           See also SMOKING, SKIN CANCER

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Cars                                                    See TRANSPORT, ROAD SAFETY

Casino                                               See GAMBLING

CENSORSHIP                                 See also CIVIL RIGHTS, PORNOGRAPHY

Child Abuse                                      See CRIME

Children                                            See FAMILY, ADOLESCENTS

CHINA                                               Includes  TIBET

Cities & Towns                                 See  MELBOURNE, POPULATION

CIVIL RIGHTS                                Includes PRIVACY,  FREEDOM OF SPEECH.  See also WIKI LEAKS

Chroming                                          See DRUG ABUSE

Climate                                              See WEATHER

Climate Change                               See GLOBAL WARMING

Cloning                                              See GENETIC ENGINEERING

Companies                                       See BUSINESS

Computer Games                            See also COMPUTERS, CENSORSHIP & SOCIAL MEDIA

COMPUTERS                                  See also INTERNET, TECHNOLOGY,

Conservation                                    See ENVIRONMENT

CONSUMERS                                  See also ADVERTISING

Coral Reefs                                        See NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT         Includes SMACKING

Corporations                                     See BUSINESS

CRIME                                               Includes FRAUD, RAPE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, GRAFFITI, VANDALISM

See also: LAW, WEAPONS

Culling (Kangaroo’s, etc.)              See ANIMALS - TREATMENT

CULTS & SECTS                              See also RELIGIONS

Cyclones                                            See DISASTERS

DANCING

DEATH                                             See also SUICIDE, EUTHANASIA

Death Penalty                                  See CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Defense                                             See MILITARY SCIENCE, WAR

Designer Babies                              See REPRODUCTION – TECHNOLOGY, ETHICS

Detention Centres                           See IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES

Diet                                                     See WEIGHT CONTROL, BODY IMAGE,

EATING DISORDERS

DISASTERS                                     Includes EARTHQUAKES, FLOODS.   See also BUSHFIRES, DROUGHT, TSUNAMIS

Discrimination                                See EQUALITY

DISEASES                                        See also names of diseases i.e. CANCER, AIDS

Divorce                                              See FAMILY

Dog Attacks                                       See ANIMALS

Donor Organs                                   See TRANSPLANTATION OF ORGANS

Driftnet Fishing                               See MAMMALS

DROUGHT                                       See also  WATER RESOURCES, WEATHER, GLOBAL WARMING

DRUG ABUSE                                 Includes CHROMING, GLUE SNIFFING

Earthquakes                                     See DISASTERS

EATING DISORDERS                    See also BODY IMAGE, WEIGHT CONTROL

ECONOMICS                                   See also BUSINESS

EDUCATION

Egypt                                                  See AFRICA

Electricity                                         See ENERGY RESOURCES

Embryo research                              See MEDICINE –RESEARCH, REPRODUCTION – TECHNOLOGY

EMPLOYMENT                                Includes UNEMPLOYMENT

ENDANGERED SPECIES              See also ANIMALS

ENERGY RESOURCES                  See also ALTERNATIVE ENERGY,   Includes MINES & MINERAL RESOURCES

ENGLISH

ENVIRONMENT                              See also FORESTS & FORESTRY, NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES,

GLOBAL WARMING

EQUALITY                                        See also CIVIL RIGHTS, RACISM

ETHICS

EUROPE                                           See also FRANCE

EUTHANASIA                                 See also DEATH, SUICIDE

Facebook                                          See SOCIAL MEDIA

FAMILY                                            See also ADOLESCENTS, AUST-SOCIAL CONDITIONS, POPULATION

Family violence                                See CRIME

Famines                                            See DISASTERS, POVERTY

Feral animals                                    See PEST CONTROL

Films                                                  See MASS MEDIA, CENSORSHIP

Flag                                                    See AUSTRALIA – POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Firearms                                            See WEAPONS

FLOODS                                            See also DISASTERS, TSUNAMIS

FOOD                                                 See also HEALTH, WEIGHT CONTROL

FORESTS & FORESTRY                  Includes WOODCHIPPING, See also NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES,

ENVIRONMENT

FRANCE                                           See also EUROPE

Fraud                                                 See CRIME

GAMBLING

Gangs                                                See ADOLESCENTS, BULLYING

Gay Marriage                                    See EQUALITY

Gender Selection                             See REPRODUCTION – TECHNOLOGY, ETHICS

GENETIC ENGINEERING           Includes BIOTECHNOLOGY, CLONING

GENETICS                                        Includes DNA, FINGERPRINTING, PRENATAL TESTING

Germ Warfare                                   See MILITARY SCIENCE, WAR

Globalisation                                    See POPULATION, POVERTY

Graffiti                                                See CRIME

GREAT BRITAIN                            Includes NORTHERN IRELAND

Greenhouse Effect                          See GLOBAL WARMING

HEALTH                                           See also DISEASES, MEDICINE-RESEARCH, EATING DISORDERS,

WEIGHT CONTROL.  Includes IMMUNISATION

H.I.V/AIDS                                       See also DISEASES

HOMELESS PERSONS                  See also POVERTY

HOUSING                                         See also TOWN PLANNING, MELBOURNE

IMMIGRATION                               See also REFUGEES

INDIA

INDONESIA

Industrial Health & Safety               See ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Industrial Wastes                               See RUBBISH DISPOSAL,

POLLUTION

Industry                                                  See BUSINESS, TOURISM

Information Technology                      See COMPUTERS

INTERNET                                             See also COMPUTERS, SOCIAL MEDIA, WIKI LEAKS

Inventions                                               See TECHNOLOGY

I.V.F.                                                        See REPRODUCTION - TECHNOLOGY

JAPAN

Justice                                                       See LAW

Kangaroo Culling                                    See ANIMALS – TREATMENT

KOREA                                                      Includes North & South

Land Mines                                               See MILITARY SCIENCE, WAR

LAW                                                           See also CRIME

Live animal export                                  See ANIMALS - TREATMENT

MAMMALS                                               Includes Dolphins, Whales

Marine Parks                                             See NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES

Marriage                                                    See FAMILY

MASS MEDIA                                           See also TELEVISION, ADVERTISING, INTERNET, SOCIAL MEDIA

Medicine                                                     See HEALTH, MEDICINE-RESEARCH

MEDICINE – RESEARCH                        See also DISEASE, GENETICS,

REPRODUCTION – TECHNOLOGY      Includes STEM CELL RESEARCH

MELBOURNE                                             See also POPULATION,  AUSTRALIA–SOCIAL CONDITIONS

MENTAL HEALTH                                    See also HEALTH, ADOLESCENTS

MIDDLE EAST                                             Includes IRAN, IRAQ ,ISRAEL

MILITARY SCIENCE                                 Includes DEFENCE.  See also WAR, NUCLEAR ENERGY

Mines & Mineral Resources                      See  ENERGY RESOURCES,

Mobile phones                                             See MASS MEDIA, SOCIAL MEDIA

Models (Young Girls)                                  See ADOLESCENTS, ADVERTISING

Motion Pictures                                            See MASS MEDIA

Motor Cars                                                     See  ROAD SAFETY, TRANSPORT

Multiculturalism                                           See IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES

Murray-Darling River System                      See WATER RESOURCES

MUSIC

NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES          See also ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS & FORESTRY

Nationalism                                                  See AUSTRALIA – POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Negligence                                                    See ACCIDENT PREVENTION,  LAW

Newspapers                                                  See MASS MEDIA, ADVERTISING

Noise pollution                                            See POLLUTION

Nutrition                                                        See FOOD, HEALTH

Obesity                                                           See WEIGHT CONTROL

Oil                                                                   See ENERGY RESOURCES

Oil spills                                                         See POLLUTION

On-line Shopping                                        See INTERNET

Ozone Layer                                                 See GLOBAL WARMING

Organ Transplantation and Donation      See TRANSPLANTATION OF ORGANS, TISSUES, ETC.

Pay TV                                                           See TELEVISION

People Smugglers                                       See REFUGEES, IMMIGRATION

PEST CONTROL                                          Includes FERAL ANIMALS

Petrol Sniffing                                             See DRUG ABUSE

POISONS                                                      Includes CHEMICAL STORAGE

POLICE

Political Parties                                            See AUSTRALIA– POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Political Correctness                                   See EQUALITY

POLLUTION                                                 Includes AIR POLLUTION. See also GLOBAL WARMING

POPULATION                                              See also AGED, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SOCIAL CONDITIONS, TOWN

PLANNING

PORNOGRAPHY                                        See also ADVERTISING, CENSORSHIP

POVERTY                                                     See also HOMELESS PERSONS,

Prisons                                                          See  LAW

Psychiatric Illness                                       See MENTAL HEALTH

Prenatal Testing                                          See GENETICS

Prostitution                                                  See CRIME

Pulp Mills                                                    See FORESTS & FORESTRY

Psychology                                                  See SCIENCE

RACISM

Rainforests                                                  See FORESTS & FORESTRY, NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES

Rare animals                                               See ENDANGERED SPECIES

RECYCLING                                                See also RUBBISH DISPOSAL

REFUGEES                                                  See also IMMIGRATION

RELIGIONS                                                 See also CULTS & SECTS

Renewable Energy                                      See ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, ENERGY RESOURCES,

REPRODUCTION – TECHNOLOGY      See also SURROGACY

Republicanism                                             See  AUSTRALIA – POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Reptiles                                                         See ANIMALS

Ringwood                                                      See MELBOURNE

ROAD SAFETY

RUBBISH DISPOSAL                                 See also RECYCLING

SCIENCE

Sects and Cults                                            See CULTS & SECTS

Sexual Harassment                                     See EQUALITY

Sexualisation of Children                          See ADVERTISING, FAMILY

Shoplifting                                                    See CRIME

SKIN CANCER                                            See also CANCER, DISEASES

Slavery                                                          See CRIME, POVERTY

Small Business                                             See BUSINESS

SMOKING                                                     See also CANCER

Solar Energy                                                 See ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

SOCIAL MEDIA                                          See also INTERNET, MASS MEDIA

SOUTH AFRICA

Soviet Union                                                 See EUROPE

SPORT

Stem Cell Research                                    See MEDICINE - RESEARCH

Stret Kids                                                     See HOMELESS PERSONS

Substance Abuse                                        See DRUG ABUSE

SUICIDE                                                      See also DEATH, EUTHANASIA

SURROGACY                                              See also BIRTH, REPRODUCTION – TECHNOLOGY

Sustainable Development                         See ENVIRONMENT, WATER RESOURCES, POPULATION, RECYCLING,

RUBBISH CONTROL, ENERGY RESOURCES

Taxation                                                        See ECONOMICS

TECHNOLOGY                                            See also COMPUTERS, INVENTIONS

TELEVISION                                                See also MASS MEDIA

TERRORISM                                                See also WAR

TOURISM                                                      See also ECONOMICS, BUSINESS

TOWN PLANNING                                      See also MELBOURNE

Toxic waste                                                     See POISONS, RUBBISH DISPOSAL

Trade Unions                                                  See WORK

TRANSPLANTATION OF ORGANS, TISSUES ETC.

TRANSPORT

TSUNAMIS                                                   See also GLOBAL WARMING, DISASTERS

Twitter                                                            See SOCIAL MEDIA

Unemployment                                             See EMPLOYMENT

UNITED STATES

Uranium                                                        See MINES & MINERAL RESOURCES

Vandalism                                                     See CRIME

Victoria                                                          See MELBOURNE

Violence                                                         See CRIME, ALCOHOL, BULLYING

Wages                                                             See WORK, EMPLOYMENT,

WAR                                                               See also MILITARY SCIENCE

WATER RESOURCES                               See also ENVIRONMENT

Water Pollution                                            See POLLUTION

WEAPONS

WEATHER                                                    See also GLOBAL WARMING

WEIGHT CONTROL                                  See  also EATING DISORDERS

Whales                                                            See MAMMALS

Wildlife Conservation                                 See ENDANGERED SPECIES, ENVIRONMENT, ANIMALS

WIKI LEAKS

Wind Turbines                                              See ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Women in Combat                                       See EQUALITY

WORK                                                            See also EMPLOYMENT

Youtube                                                             See SOCIAL MEDIA

 

 

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