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English / Year 8 / Language / Text structure and organisation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the use of punctuation conventions, including colons, semicolons, dashes and brackets in formal and informal texts (ACELA1544)

Elaborations
  • creating dialogue in drama showing interruptions, asides and pauses for effect
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Punctuation,  Register (Language)

Text

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

This resource is a revision for students of some of the rules for punctuation and spelling, with examples. It covers sentences, paragraphing, apostrophes, punctuating dialogue, ellipses, brackets, titles, acronyms, ampersands, commonly confused words and IM and Text Speak.

Video

How to use an apostrophe

This short video for students is a refresher on when to use apostrophes in writing.

Text

Writing Dialogue

This is an explanation for students of how to format dialogue correctly when using it in their writing, with examples, practice activities and a short test.

Online

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

This unit of work focuses on developing student understanding of the importance of being track safe and the key message 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think'. It builds students' familiarity with the vocabulary and key concepts related to rail safety and provides differentiated activities for writers at different stages of development ...

Online

TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5 and Year 6 English

This unit of work focuses on the influences that impact on safe behaviours in and around tracks, platforms and trains. Guided activities build students' rail safety vocabulary including grammar and word building. Modelled writing activities support students to shape a research-based inquiry investigating factors that impact ...

Audio

An interview with Lady Mary Fairfax (1973)

Lady Mary Fairfax was president of the Australian Opera Foundation. In this interview she talks about a formal ball held in her home to celebrate the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. Listen to the interview, which outlines the menu, entertainment and security arrangements.

Interactive

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.

Video

Public speaking

How do you feel about making a speech in public? If you think it's pretty scary you're not alone. Find out ways to make speaking in public easier. See how some students have gone about it, using the movie 'The King's Speech' as inspiration.

Video

The mystery of his and her tissue paper

Prepare to be amazed, as Ian the magician performs a surprising trick with two pieces of tissue paper. Rachel's is yellow and Steven's is green. Keep your eyes on the tissue so you don't confuse hers with his.

Online

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 ...

Video

Is it today or tomorrow?

Discover all you need to know about today and tomorrow from the expert who knows everything. Don't wait until tomorrow if you have time today. You must watch this clip now, before today becomes yesterday!

Video

One English language or many?

Do people around Australia all speak the same English? In this clip, explore the ways that language evolves and consider the impacts that other 'Englishes', such as British English and American English, can have on the way we speak.

Video

Sah-winnng into performance poetry!

Watch performance poet Komninos presenting some poems to school students and talking about his poetry. Find out what the students think make Komninos's poems different from poems they've met before. Discover a quick and easy way to start writing poems based directly on your own experience.

Video

What your language says about you

Do you know what a 'bevan' is? Or are you more familiar with 'bogans', 'westies', 'chiggers' or 'boonies'? These are all terms used to describe the same kind of person. How is it that different places in Australia develop different expressions? In this clip, explore some of the reasons behind Queensland's colloquialisms.

Video

Devon, Polony, Stras or Fritz?

How much is your use of the English language influenced by where you live? Would it be possible to work out where in Australia somebody comes from just by listening to them speak? In this clip from a 1975 episode of Four Corners, find out how words and expressions we use every day might be revealing more about us than we realise.

Video

I speak, you guess

Listen to the voices of a small selection of students from around Australia to see if you can guess where they live. Is place the most important thing that shapes their language, or are there other factors that influence how people speak?

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Core speech with extras, thanks

A national survey in the 1960s indicated that the use of spoken English was surprisingly similar throughout Australia. This challenged the notion of 'regionalism', which suggested that people from different places would use language in different ways. In this clip, two leading academics discuss regionalism and suggest that ...

Video

From possessive apostrophes to discombobulation!

People often worry about the use of apostrophes. See how Professor Kate Burridge answers a question about how to use the apostrophes after certain names, telling us how the rule has changed over time. She also explains the origins of the word 'discombobulate' and why the plural of house is not 'hice'.

Video

Subjunctivitis! Fact or 'Furphy'?

Why is 'were' used in 'If I were king' and what is the subjunctive? What do water sources and gossip have in common? If you don't know then you need to watch and listen as Professor Kate Burridge and Peter Rowsthorn explore these questions.

Audio

Paul Hogan and Australian slang

Listen to Australian comic actor Paul Hogan talk to reporters in February 1987 about the Oscars and his role as Mick Dundee in the film 'Crocodile Dundee' (1986). Hogan played a laid-back outback survivalist in this hugely successful film, which is known for its use of Australian slang. Take note of Hogan's own use of Australian ...