English / Year 4 / Language / Text structure and organisation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how texts vary in complexity and technicality depending on the approach to the topic, the purpose and the intended audience (ACELA1490)

Elaborations
  • becoming familiar with the typical stages and language features of such text types as: simple narrative, procedure, simple persuasion texts and information reports
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Text purpose

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites: types of sentences

A web page resource with information, teacher guides and activities on types of sentences to support the Australian Curriculum in English K–10. It has detailed activities, links to resources and quizzes.

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Procedures

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early and mid-primary years of schooling, about procedures. The video begins by defining a procedure as a text that provides a set of instructions written in the correct order, and giving some examples. Using the specific example of a procedure about how to make ...

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites: Active and passive voice

A web page with information, teacher guides and activities on writing sentences using the active and passive voice. This resource supports the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

Interactive Resource

Letter Link: let's write a letter

This website from Australia Post provides a range of student and teacher resources on different forms of letter writing. The student section provides step-by-step guides that detail how to write and structure personal and business letters and how to address envelopes. Each section is supported with a online interactive ...

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A song about snakes

Do you know any songs about Australian animals? Listen to this song about snakes performed by Don Spencer. Watch and listen, as the clip shows different types of snakes and even some trained people trying to catch a snake.

Teacher resource

TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 3 and Year 4 English

This unit of work focuses on behaviour in and around tracks and rail infrastructure. Activities build subject-specific vocabulary and understanding of procedural text structures. Guided writing activities support students to develop a series of track safe procedures while a slogan writing activity focuses on effective ways ...

Teacher resource

Primary English: different representations

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'representations' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers expose students to a wide range ...

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Nestle's MILO Cinema Advertisement, 1948: Family album

This clip shows a family photograph album being opened and a narrator introducing the family members inside. The images then come to life and describe themselves. They are John, his wife (unnamed) and their children: Barbara, Peter, Janet and Ian, who says that he likes 'football, cricket and MILO'. The family is shown ...

Video

Aeroplane Pure Fruit Jellies: Bertie the Jet, 1954

This clip shows an animated cinema advertisement for Aeroplane Jelly featuring the cartoon character Bertie the Jet. Bertie competes in an international jet aeroplane race, the 'Popularity Cup' and although he misses the start of the race he wins in the end. Bertie then sings the famous Aeroplane Jelly song to the jubilant ...

Teacher resource

1788: Was life the same for everyone?

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 4 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit closely examines a range of texts, including written, ...

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Information report

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early and mid-primary years of schooling, about information reports. It begins by defining an information report as a factual text and giving some examples. It explains that an information report begins with a general statement, a section telling what the report ...

Teacher resource

Night and day

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 3 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. The primary focus of this unit of work is a literature study ...

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites – responding to literature

A web page with information, teacher guides and resources on responding to texts. This resource supports the NSW English K-10 syllabus.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Show and tell: eerie encounter

Watch a short cartoon about a close encounter with an alien spaceship. Select language elements to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the elements to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adverbs and adjectives to ...

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Recount

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early and mid-primary years of schooling, about recounts. It begins by defining a recount as a text that tells of something that has already happened, and giving some examples. It explains that a recount begins with an orientation (a section telling who, what, ...

Teacher resource

Sustainability: taking care of the Earth together

This is an interactive resource that uses different forms of texts to explore environmental and sustainability issues. It has sections on recycling and reuse, the negative consequences of global warming, reducing human impact on the Earth and caring for the Earth for future generations. It uses the 'The tomorrow book' by ...

Teacher resource

Indigenous peoples: people, place, language and song

This is an interactive resource about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures. Learning activities explore how place, language and song relate to Indigenous Australian peoples. The resource is a unit of work using multimodal texts including music video clips, picture storybooks, songs ...

Teacher resource

Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...

Teacher resource

Viewing map of development

This is a comprehensive description of six phases in student development of the viewing mode - beginning, early, exploratory, consolidating, proficient and advanced. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and intended to help teachers map students’ progress in viewing, the resource emphasises ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: enterprising advertisers: persuade and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 4-6 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work on persuasive texts, specifically advertisements. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language ...