English / Year 8 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

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Curriculum content descriptions

Investigate how visual and multimodal texts allude to or draw on other texts or images to enhance and layer meaning (ACELA1548)

Elaborations
  • comprehending a series of static images and combinations of language and images in a picture book, for example title, setting, characters, actions, as well as technical elements including position, size, colour, angle, framing, point of view
  • analysing the relationship between visual elements and text in non-fiction texts such as documentaries, television news, online newspapers and digital magazines
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Intertextuality,  Multimodal texts

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites: Visual literacy

A resource with information, study guides and resources on visual literacy to support the English K-10 Australian Curriculum in English. It provides a series of activities, guidelines and tasks about visual texts from a variety of sources. Contains writing scaffolds, templates and proformas for responding and composing ...

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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

Assessment resource

Lights, camera, action: camera: assessment

Test your understanding of how camera shots are used to tell a story in films. For instance, you have been enrolled at the Spellberg School of Film, where you are assessed on your camera work skills. First, immerse yourself in basic film terms, then do a quiz on them. Next, choose five shots for a horror film. You select ...

Interactive Resource

Creating cartoons

The resource focuses on discussing, analysing and explaining a variety of cartoons in a variety of print and digital texts. It will enhance visual literacy skills in a range of media texts. Students have the opportunity to create cartoons to share with others. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

Interactive Resource

Visual humour

This resource focuses on how humour is created in images, films and multimodal texts. It includes activities and reading strategies to support the analysis and understanding of the processes of visual humour in texts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

Teacher resource

Be on the Safe Side Year 7-8 English

This is a unit of work that uses visual and multimodal texts to promote how to be a safe, active and responsible citizen on and around the rail network. Learning opportunities include identification, comparison, deconstruction and creation of visual and multimodal texts. The resource includes: teacher notes, three learning ...

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Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

What can you do in just a few minutes? Current affairs stories are only a few minutes long yet need to present an entire argument. Let's explore a story about digital footprints, to see how words and images are used to convey a lot of meaning in a short space of time.

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Sharing stories: country

This is a rich resource about the importance of Country to Aboriginal people. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; two films made by Aboriginal students ('Honeymoon Springs' and 'My country'); and video interviews with Adnyamathanha Elder Terrence Coulthard, Liyadhalinymirr cultural custodian Yingiya Guyula ...

Interactive Resource

Composing a graphic novel

This resource examines how authors and illustrators design and develop graphic novels. Student can use the resources to design, develop and publish their own graphic novel. Contains a list of print and digital resources needed to teach the unit. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Dorothea Mackellar's 'My country' as a song

Do you know a poem with the line 'I love a sunburnt country'? The poem is 'My country' by Dorothea Mackellar. Find out what inspired Mackellar to write this famous poem and how she felt about teenager Christine Roberts basing a song on it. This is a black-and-white clip from a 1967 current affairs program This Day Tonight.

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Sally Rippin on authors and illustrators

Watch this clip to find out about the relationship between authors and illustrators. What role does the publisher play in this relationship? What does Sally Rippin say about the role of illustrations in books for young children?

Interactive resource

Lights, camera, action: lighting

Explore how lighting effects are used in films to tell a story. Learn words used to describe light levels and lighting effects. See how combinations of lighting can hide or reveal things, set a mood and influence audience feelings. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, dim lighting ...

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Character maker: movement

Build animated characters for a new cartoon show. Choose each character's walking movements to suit their personality, mood, actions and relationship to other characters. For example, show a character is sad by choosing a slow walk with feet dragging along the ground. Combine elements such as speed, posture and bounciness. ...

Assessment resource

Catch the thief: level 1: assessment

Assess your ability to identify the thief of a valuable painting that has been stolen from the art gallery by looking at the evidence. Interview witnesses. Watch a video taken by the security camera. Examine evidence in the crime lab. Then name the suspect in a police line-up. Support your claim with evidence. View and ...

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites – responding to literature

A web page with information, teacher guides and resources on responding to texts. This resource supports the NSW English K-10 syllabus.

Interactive resource

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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Lights, camera, action: camera

Explore how cameras are used to tell a story in films. Learn words used to describe camera shots, movements and angles. See how combinations of camera shots can hide or reveal things, set a mood and influence audience feelings. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, filming from ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Riddle of the black panther: evidence in favour

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

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 ...

Assessment resource

Catch the thief: level 3: assessment

Assess your ability to identify the thief of valuable carvings that have been stolen from the art gallery by looking at the evidence. Interview witnesses. Watch a video taken by the security camera. Examine evidence in the crime lab. Then name the suspect in a police line-up. Support your claim with evidence. View and print ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

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.