English / Year 10 / Language / Text structure and organisation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Compare the purposes, text structures and language features of traditional and contemporary texts in different media (ACELA1566)

Elaborations
  • reproducing and adapting existing print texts for an online environment and explaining the reasons for the adaptations (for example accounting for the navigation and use of hyperlinks as structuring principles in hypertext narratives)
  • investigating the structure and language of similar text types like information reports and narratives and how these are influenced by different technological affordances (for example hyperlinks as structuring principles in hypertext narratives versus linear text sequencing principles in print narratives)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Text types,  Text purpose

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Cartoons

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Persuasive Language

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