English / Year 6 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify and explain how analytical images like figures, tables, diagrams, maps and graphs contribute to our understanding of verbal information in factual and persuasive texts (ACELA1524)

Elaborations
  • observing how sequential events can be represented visually by a series of images, including comic strips, timelines, photo stories, procedure diagrams and flowcharts, life-cycle diagrams, and the flow of images in picture books
  • observing how concepts, information and relationships can be represented visually through such images as tables, maps, graphs, diagrams, and icons
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Maps (Geographic location),  Timelines,  Diagrams,  Symbols

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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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Rainforest: make a walking track

Mark the route for a walking track on a map of a rainforest. Choose a section of track based on instructions about distances, compass directions and grid references. Keep adding sections of track to get to the rest house. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Cartoons

A resource that introduces the purpose and features of cartoons. It has cartoons resources, annotations and activities.

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Rainforest: read a brochure

Read a six-page brochure about the climate of a temperate rainforest in Victoria. Look at maps of Australia showing patterns of temperature and rainfall. Find out what clothing to bring and how to get to the rainforest from the airport. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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 ...

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Fashion design: quality control

Test the properties of four fabrics for a fashion design company. Review a lab test summary table. Examine the structure of the table and words used. Match scientific terms to everyday words. Build a graphic interpretation of the text by adding simple icons. Identify two fabrics which meet the agency's needs. Choose conclusions ...

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Responsible fishing in Western Australia: write an article

Go fishing in Western Australia. Look at how and why laws restrict people from taking certain fish. Identify cases where laws apply: size limits, bag limits and closed seasons. Build a magazine article explaining the fishing laws. Use a model structure and persuasive text to support a responsible position. For example, ...

Teacher resource

Viewing resource book

This is a resource book intended to support teachers in understanding and teaching viewing. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and a companion resource for the ‘Viewing map of development’, its goal is that students become competent, independent and critical users of multimodal texts. ...

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Dangers of wood smoke

Find out about some of the issues surrounding wood smoke and how to reduce its impact on the environment and our health. View this clip called 'Where there's fire, there's smoke', created by young reporters from Presbyterian Ladies College in Armidale, New South Wales. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live ...

Assessment resource

Write an article: responsible fishing: assessment

Assess your ability to write an article. Research fishing in Western Australia. Look at how and why laws restrict people from taking certain fish. Identify cases where laws apply: size limits, bag limits and closed seasons. Build a magazine article explaining the fishing laws. Use a model structure and persuasive text to ...

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Rainforest: book a flight

Travel to a national park in Victoria. Practise using 24-hour time. Select departure and arrival locations on a map of Australia and New Zealand. Use a timetable to book the most suitable flight. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words. This learning object is the third in a series of nine objects. Eight objects ...

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Sea rescue: plotting the course

Help a rescue crew to reach a sinking boat. Make a chart to guide the crew. Check the meaning of symbols, place them on a map and complete a key. Mark danger spots such as an oyster bed and submerged rock. Use the map to steer a safe course.

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The key to media's hidden codes: Ben Beaton

This is a video lesson about the codes, hidden messages and symbolism used in media content and the effects they produce. Prepared and narrated by educator Ben Beaton, the video describes what constitutes a code and identifies three broad types of code: symbolic, written and technical. Each code is further categorised into ...

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: The fun begins: plan, budget, profit!

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the year 6 mathematics, English, geography, and economics and business curriculums around planning a nature fun park. The unit is intended to take about eight hours. It consists of eight sets of student activities supported by teacher notes, including mapping, holding discussions, ...

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Ready to race: wheels, jets, tyres and gears

Go to a race track and collect information from different kinds of visual texts to make your kart the fastest on the track. First, add important kart parts and choose the style of kart you want. Then collect information about the time and place of your race. Next, go to the garage to set up your kart before doing a starting ...

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Sustainability: global footprints

This is an interactive resource about sustainable futures, ecological footprints and personal and social responsibility. It is a unit of work and uses a picture storybook, a factual text from a video and a short novel. Texts are examined for meaning and structure. A Time photo essay about what the world eats explores the ...

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Robots: make a catalogue

Explore facts about a robot designed to enter dangerous situations. Choose parts to build a companion robot and an underwater robot. Use a model text structure and images to build explanations about the features of each robot. Choose titles, words and images that suit your audience and support your message. For example, ...

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Rainforest: make signs

Make signs to give information about places of interest in a rainforest. Make signs about four topics: temperate rainforest; forest floor; tree ferns; and tree goannas. Use sample text to build your own signs: heading; opening paragraph; two facts; and a conclusion. Find the locations you have described on a map. Take photos ...

StillImage

Symbols of Australia

This resource explores some of the symbols Australians have chosen to represent themselves and their nation. The website is based on an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

Teacher resource

Refugees and migration: global people

This is an interactive resource about the human dimension of migration and refugees. A picture storybook and factual texts are used to explore: the reasons people migrate; the definition of a refugee; the definition of an asylum seeker; and the history of Australia's immigration. Personal refugee and migration stories are ...