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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that texts can take many forms, can be very short (for example an exit sign) or quite long (for example an information book or a film) and that stories and informative texts have different purposes (ACELA1430)

Elaborations
  • sharing experiences of different texts and discussing some differences
  • discussing the purpose of texts, for example ‘This text will tell a story’, ‘This text will give information’
  • repeating parts of texts, for example characteristic refrains, predicting cumulative storylines, reciting poetic and rhyming phrases
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Informative texts,  Narratives

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