English / Year 6 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

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Curriculum content descriptions

Investigate how complex sentences can be used in a variety of ways to elaborate, extend and explain ideas (ACELA1522)

Elaborations
  • investigating how the choice of conjunctions enables the construction of complex sentences to extend, elaborate and explain ideas, for example ‘the town was flooded when the river broke its banks’ and ‘the town was flooded because the river broke its banks’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Complex sentences,  Simple sentences

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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Study English: sentences and conjunctions

Improve your writing with a variety of compound and complex sentences. Discover some simple ways to connect ideas with conjunctions (words that join). In this clip, presenter Margot Politis unpacks a video report on a new, environmentally friendly solar house. You'll clear any confusion about conjunctions, clauses and commas.

Teacher resource

Improving narrative and language skills in senior primary school students

This teacher resource describes a highly successful narrative strategy developed by Mahogany Rise Primary School in Victoria. The strategy enhanced acquisition of literacy skills by supporting students' oral language development. All years 5 and 6 students were involved in whole-class programs. Extended intervention in ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: the best journey

This is a two-page document with suggested student activities relating to 'The best journey', an 'Alice in Australia' photo story that focuses on a planned trip to Antarctica. Activities include discussion about visual and language features of the text, and research about travelling to Antarctica that students can draw ...

Teacher resource

Planning for differentiation

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains an overview of differentiated teaching as well as a video vignette and supporting text on planning for differentiated teaching in a year 6 English class. Specific aspects of planning are modelled in the vignette by professional conversations between ...

Teacher resource

Explicit teaching - play

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains an overview of explicit teaching as well as a video vignette and supporting text on aspects of explicit teaching in Foundation and year 6 English classes. The vignette illustrates these aspects by demonstrating ways to plan for and teach different text ...

Interactive resource

Finish the story: car crash: assessment

Assess your ability to edit a comic book story about a romance where a couple have an argument, and then one person is involved in a car crash. Look closely at the narrative to make it more exciting and complete. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding adverbial phrases and similes, and by linking sentences using ...

Teacher resource

Primary English: models and modelling

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'modelling texts' 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 are provided with guidance about ...

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 ...

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Study English: recounts and opposites

Discover ways to talk and write about something that has happened in the past. Presenter Margot Politis unpacks a video in which a woman speaks of the time she had a medical emergency. You will gain some tips on forming compound and complex sentences. You'll also learn some common past tense verbs and some useful information ...