English / Year 9 / Language / Text structure and organisation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Compare and contrast the use of cohesive devices in texts, focusing on how they serve to signpost ideas, to make connections and to build semantic associations between ideas (ACELA1770)

Elaborations
  • sequencing and developing an argument using basic language structures that suggest conclusions (‘therefore’, ‘thus’ and ‘so’) or give reasons (‘since’, ‘because’) or suggest conditionals (‘if’… ‘then’)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Cohesion (Language)

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: Could I live smaller?

This is a year 9 English unit of work about living more sustainably in today's consumer society. Intended to take about ten hours, the unit consists of eight student activities supported by teacher notes. Activities include constructing a mind map about consumerism; completing a learning log and a spending diary; investigating ...

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Emma's dream job brings a change of scenery

Let Emma Visser tell you how she went from being a city girl in Year 9 to getting her dream job - being the operations manager of a dairy farm. While you're watching, examine the cohesive devices Emma uses to structure her Heywire story effectively. Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? ...

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Debating Vietnam: using counter-arguments

Imagine agreeing with your opponent in a debate. How could that possibly help your argument? Many successful speakers, however, realise that concession is an important persuasive technique. In this clip, explore how two speakers discussing the effectiveness of Vietnam War protest marches both use concession to improve their ...

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Debating Vietnam: using counter-arguments

Imagine agreeing with your opponent in a debate. How could that possibly help your argument? Many successful speakers, however, realise that concession is an important persuasive technique. In this clip, explore how two speakers discussing the effectiveness of Vietnam War protest marches both use concession to improve their ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Patrick Brennan: the legend of Ned Kelly

Play the role of a reporter in 1881. Produce a feature article for a newspaper about the life of Ned Kelly. Review a brief history. Interview his friends and enemies. Gather evidence of social and political influences that affected Ned Kelly’s life. Compile an article that explores the myth and decide whether Ned Kelly ...

Teacher resource

On my soapbox - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the elements of good public speaking, research a topic, and develop and justify a point of view in a presentation to an audience.

Interactive Resource

Laptop wrap: Persuasive Writing

A resource with a focus on persuasive writing with information, links and activities. Includes a list of print, digital and other resources needed to teach the unit. This resource supports the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

Audio

How the English language became the world language

Have you ever wondered why everybody in the world doesn't speak the same language? Or at least why we don't all share a common second language? If we did, what language would it be? Listen to why Robert McCrum says that 'Globish', a version of English, is the world's second language.

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: capturing the moment: persuade, explain and entertain

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 7-9 with background information, seven lesson plans, activities and resources. The aim is to develop and extend students' knowledge of visual texts, specifically nature documentaries. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: global relationships: entertain and persuade

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 7-9 with background information, seven lesson plans, activities and resources. The focus is on developing and extending students' knowledge of texts that have a moral. Examples include printed fables and stories as well as films. The lessons model a range of ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: effective energies: explain and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 7-9 with background information, ten lesson plans, activities and resources designed to develop knowledge about explanations. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, vocabulary and language structures ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: law-abiding equivalents: entertain and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 7-9 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources. It aims to develop and extend students' knowledge and understanding of narratives that are designed to entertain and inform. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies ...