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English / Year 7 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how to use spelling rules and word origins, for example Greek and Latin roots, base words, suffixes, prefixes, spelling patterns and generalisations to learn new words and how to spell them (ACELA1539)

  • comparing choices for point of view in animations, advertisements and other persuasive texts
  • comparing how different advertisements use visual elements to advertise the same product
  • experimenting with digital storytelling conventions to create personal reflections on shared experiences
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Language conventions,  Spelling,  Affixes

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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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Prefixes and suffixes: game and worksheet

This is an interactive word-formation exercise focusing on prefixes and suffixes. Three categories of exercise are presented: 'prefixes', 'suffixes' and 'prefixes and suffixes'. The user is presented with a root word and a list of prefixes and/or suffixes that can be dragged and dropped to attach to the root word. On completion, ...

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BBC Skillswise: wordsearch '-tion' - activity

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Syllabus bites: Exploring Asia-related texts

This resource has information, links and study guides on Asia-related texts to support the Australian Curriculum in English for Year 7, 8, 9, 10.

Teacher resource

Spelling - sorting words

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text illustrating the use of explicit teaching in year 3, year 7 and year 8 English classes to build spelling knowledge across the years of schooling. The video shows the three class teachers engaging in professional ...

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The Aussie Accent: whaddya reckon, mate?

Imagine a world where everybody sounded exactly the same when they spoke. What might that be like? Are there 'good' and 'bad' ways to speak? In this clip, listen to the opinions of many people about whether Australians have a bad accent.

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Show and tell: here, boy!

Watch a short cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases 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 adjectives and adverbs to make the story clearer and funnier. ...

Assessment resource

Point of view: newspaper report 1: assessment

Assess your ability to construct a newspaper report by selecting appropriate verbs, adverbial phrases and pronouns. Examine a model newspaper report. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable ...

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Aussie English for the beginner

This interactive resource allows students to explore the origins and meanings of common Australian words and idioms and to test their knowledge of Australian English. The definitions are provided by the Australian National Dictionary Centre and the cartoons are by David Pope.

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BBC Bitesize: trapped punctuation

This suite of three games lets students supply correct punctuation by selecting an answer and manipulating it on the screen to free someone trapped in a tower. The punctuation tested includes sentence punctuation, direct speech and apostrophes. The soundtrack provides feedback and advice in the case of incorrect answers. ...

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Riddle of the black panther: evidence against

Build a TV report for a current affairs program. Tell the story that there is a false rumour of a black panther roaming around a town terrorising the people. Make the viewers feel that people in the town are safe. Examine photos, sounds, witness reports and video clips. Choose footage to fit your storyline. Edit and arrange ...

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Online news: Perfect Pets

Help a pet shop to sell more of their unusual pets. Examine a web page promoting a giant cockroach. Build pages describing why ferrets and hermit crabs make great pets. Choose titles, words and images to interest an audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'lovable' and 'cute' to create a positive ...

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BBC Skillswise: beat the clock apostrophes - activity

This is a multilevel activity about apostrophes of contraction. Students rewrite words to contract them with an apostrophe and/or an 's'. A hint button reminds students of the basic rules of the use of apostrophes for missing letters and numbers. After completing seven examples their answers are displayed and compared with ...

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Pacific adventures: journey conditions

Write a persuasive article for a museum about life on board the 'Endeavour', the ship that Captain James Cook commanded. Choose the main argument you will put forward from the following examples: the most important supplies, the biggest dangers to health, or the worst aspect of the voyage. Use texts and images to research ...

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Point of view: editorial

Explore a newspaper editorial to learn about structure, purpose and persuasive language. Read two letters that express different points of view on a recent skateboard accident. Build an editorial by choosing opinion adjectives and modal verbs to express a point of view. This learning object is one in a series of five objects. ...

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BBC Skillswise: sentence shooter - activity

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Koala control: points of view

Explore facts and opinions about controlling populations of koalas. Interview people expressing a range of opinions. Use a model structure and sample text to summarise each point of view. Look at ways in which language is used to convince an audience or reinforce a position. For example, one person expresses negative feelings ...

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World Wonders TV show: earthquake

Build a script about earthquakes for a television show. Help a researcher to sort facts and pictures. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build an explanation. Include sections on causes, processes and effects. Connect ideas in the script by adding joining words such as 'however' and 'finally'. This learning ...

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BBC Skillswise: logging sentences - activity

This is a game of sentence construction. The game can be played at two levels as students make complete sentences by guiding Bryan the beaver from log to log across the river. They must choose words on the moving logs in the right order to make a sentence. An incorrect sequence will cause Bryan to fall in the river and ...

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Beach safety: video campaign

Look at the importance of water safety and skin protection at a beach. Talk with a lifeguard and beach goers about safety tips. Build a video for a public awareness campaign. Choose animated clips to illustrate responsible behaviour. Examine differences between formal and informal language. Select text for the script that ...