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English / Year 4 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore the effect of choices when framing an image, placement of elements in the image, and salience on composition of still and moving images in a range of types of texts (ACELA1496)

Elaborations
  • examining visual and multimodal texts, building a vocabulary to describe visual elements and techniques such as framing, composition and visual point of view and beginning to understand how these choices impact on viewer response
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Illustration

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Differences between writing a picture book and a novel

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Libraries in decline

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Sally Rippin on authors and illustrators

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Horton Hears a Who

This resource for primary school children examines the Dr Seuss picture book classic and the film based on the book. It examines the theme of sustainability. It contains questions and activities on the book and the film, as well as a teacher guide.

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The serious side of comics

Poetry, plays, novels � and comic books? In the past, writers and illustrators of graphic novels have struggled to have their work taken seriously. More recently, the tides might just have turned. Judge for yourself whether this form of text deserves a little more respect than it's been getting. This clip is one in a series ...

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Tips for becoming a graphic novelist

Are you interested in creating comics or graphic novels for a living? Listen as graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki shares her tips. Why not take her advice: read widely and start creating and sharing!

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'Namorrodor'

Animation is a relatively recent art form. Some might see it as strange to use animations to tell ancient stories, while others feel that this is a unique way to share such stories with a new generation. Watch this animation of 'Namorrodor' and explore your response to an old story told in a new way. Be aware that this ...

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It's all in the tone

Feel the effect of David Martyr's skilful use of tone in this Heywire audio story of life in a mining camp. How does he create it, and what is its effect on how we respond to his subject matter? Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition calls for stories ...

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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 ...

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Powerful words: Gough Whitlam's dismissal

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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

Have you ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and wondered where it came from? That was the case for Michael Leunig, well-known Australian cartoonist, writer, artist and philosopher. Sometimes ideas come to us in abstract ways, as symbols. In this audio clip, Leunig explains the symbolism behind his now famous 'direction-finding ...

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An interview with author Shaun Tan

Award winning Australian author and illustrator of books including The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival and The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan, talks to Jane Hutcheon about winning an Academy Award, creating books, realistic stories, points of view and stories that don't necessarily have happy endings.

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Illustration techniques with Dougal MacPherson

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Country towns: all drop bears and skate rats?

Why might you use humour when presenting your local community to a national audience? In this Heywire clip, an 'ex-bushranger and survival expert' (in reality Hayden Laube) introduces us to the wilds of Port Pirie. After several adventures including fighting off ferocious wildlife, he reflects on the value of life in a ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 English

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Visits from a Christmas Island crab

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A Song about sugar gliders

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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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Collins Big Cat - At the Dump Story Creator - iTunes app

Read or listen to an interactive digital picture book with highlighting text and sound effects. Create your own multimodal story using painted backgrounds and characters from the book, objects. Add your own text or voice recording. This is one of a collection of eight interactive books for young readers. Free when reviewed 5/6/15.

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Bikes, cameras and cystic fibrosis

What does it take to remain active and optimistic despite having a serious physical condition? Michael McMahon's photo story shows us that cystic fibrosis hasn't stopped him doing what he loves best. A proud resident of Warrnambool in Victoria, and with a strong family network around him, he is living life to the fullest. ...