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English / Year 2 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purpose (ACELA1470)

Elaborations
  • interpreting new terminology drawing on prior knowledge, analogies and connections with known words
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Text purpose,  Vocabularies

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A song about black swans

Discover a graceful Australian bird, the black swan. Watch the images (pictures) and listen to the lyrics (words) of the song by Don Spencer as he sings about the black swan.

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A song about flying foxes

Have you seen a flying fox which is a type of fruit bat? Don Spencer uses descriptive words and phrases in his flying fox song to help us understand these animals and explore a day in their life.

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A song about platypus

Watch as a platypus emerges from its burrow on the bank of a billabong (small lake). As you watch, listen to Don Spencer's song as he describes seeing a platypus and explores its unusual looks.

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Hitting the funny bone with comedian Josh Thomas

Josh Thomas is one of Australia's favourite comedians. What is it about his routines that keep his audience in stitches? Sit back and have a giggle as you investigate the nature of humour in this clip.

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The intent behind designing a set that's a tent

Where could the idea of a tent as the setting for a play come from and how would it be designed for use in a theatre? What sort of lighting could be used? Who is involved in these decisions? Listen as Marg Horwell, set and costume designer, and Katie Sfetikidis, lighting designer, discuss their design work for the Malthouse ...

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Navigating 'The Secret River'

Kate Grenville's multiple-award-winning novel 'The Secret River' explores an earlier period of Australian history. What is it that makes this novel so compelling and troubling for its many Australian readers? As you watch this clip, consider how this book encourages readers to re-evaluate their beliefs and values.

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Class and gender roles in 'Wuthering Heights'

'Wuthering Heights' is considered by many to be a great romance novel. Jeanette Winterson, however, thinks it is anything but. What does she think the book is about? Do you agree?

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'The great Gatsby': dream or nightmare?

Often the impact of a novel lies in its ability to comment on society. In this audio clip, discover how American writer F Scott Fitzgerald challenges readers to reconsider the society in which they live. This clip from 'Books and arts daily' on Radio National is one in a series of eight.

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The great Gatsby meets Willy Loman

Different writers can use quite distinct ways to make similar comments about their culture. In this audio clip, explore the connection between F Scott Fitzgerald's novel, 'The great Gatsby' and Arthur Miller's play, 'Death of a salesman'. At first the two texts might seem very different, but are they more similar than we ...

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Presenting a point of view about marriage equality

Marriage equality is a controversial issue in Australia, one that has provoked media sensationalism, political rhetoric and heated arguments. Sometimes, however, quieter voices make their point amid all the furore. Explore the voice of Lochsley Wilson in his Heywire audio story.<br /><br />To talk with someone about anxiety ...

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Is it today or tomorrow?

Discover all you need to know about today and tomorrow from the expert who knows everything. Don't wait until tomorrow if you have time today. You must watch this clip now, before today becomes yesterday!

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Tragic love triangle in 'The Great Gatsby'

Who will Daisy Buchanan choose when she finds herself torn between the love of two men in F Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic novel, 'The Great Gatsby'? Draw on the discussion in this audio clip to improve your skills in developing character in creative writing. The clip from 'Books and arts daily' on Radio National is one ...

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Crocodiles, jellyfish and self-expression

Have you ever sat through a classmate's oral presentation and nearly fallen asleep in the middle of it? Often this is because the speaker isn't using their voice in a way that gets your attention and keeps you interested. In this Heywire audio story, explore how Alpha Capaque, a young woman from the Northern Territory, ...

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To disconnect or not to disconnect?

How often are you ever truly alone? Today's technology can mean that we're in constant contact with friends and family. In this Heywire audio story, Dayna Duncan shares a time when she both needed to be connected and to balance her use of social media with other priorities in her life.<br /><br /> Could you write or record ...

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The mystery of his and her tissue paper

Prepare to be amazed, as Ian the magician performs a surprising trick with two pieces of tissue paper. Rachel's is yellow and Steven's is green. Keep your eyes on the tissue so you don't confuse hers with his.

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Pitching the perfect news story

Ever considered the amount of thought and planning that would need to go into each and every news item? Journalists must plan their stories carefully and pitch them to their editors, who decide which items will go to air. Learn some tips about creating the perfect pitch from Triple J Hack experts Michael Atkin and Kaitlyn Sawrey.

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Shakespeare words: the process of language change

Imagine being responsible for inventing over 1700 words! That is the legacy of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers in the English language. Most of these words were created through translations of Latin words or by combining words with prefixes and suffixes in original ways. In this clip, you'll discover the ...

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Alphabet tricks and mysteries

The adventures of the Word Squad detectives, Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon, continue. Ian, the magician, performs a trick with alphabet cards and a singer performs an alphabet song. These clues help the detectives solve the stolen letter mystery. Can they stop the thief in time?

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Rethinking drinking alcohol

'High Sobriety', a book that journalist Jill Stark wrote about her experiences after deciding to stop drinking, provoked a lively discussion on the First Tuesday Book Club. All panellists were affected by the work. Have any books changed your life or made you question your beliefs and behaviour?

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My caravan 'home'

What do you think of when you hear the word 'home'? For Shaye Fisher, it's a caravan at Portarlington, Victoria. Although Shaye's family only use the caravan on weekends and holidays, it is a constant among all the changes in her life. In this 'Heywire' clip, Shaye uses text, audio and visual images of the caravan park ...