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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise that texts are created by authors who tell stories and share experiences that may be similar or different to students’ own experiences (ACELT1575)

Elaborations
  • recognising that there are storytellers in all cultures
  • viewing stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers from online sources
  • comparing experiences depicted in stories with students’ own
  • engaging with texts that reflect the social and cultural groups to which students belong
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Text structure,  Text types

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