English / Foundation / Literature / Examining literature

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify some features of texts including events and characters and retell events from a text (ACELT1578)

Elaborations
  • identifying some features of culture related to characters and events in literary texts, for example dress, food and daily routines
  • listening, responding to and joining in with rhymes, poems, chants and songs
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Text structure,  Retelling

Teacher resource

Playing with texts

This teaching resource contains a variety of interactive activities that will engage your early years students with narrative and informative texts. Use its selection of enjoyable game-based learning experiences to explore text types, characters, settings, narrative sequencing, story mapping and strategies for adding meaning ...

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.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Storyboard: Flutter-by friends!

Explore the title and picture on the cover of 'Flutter-by friends!' Then make a prediction about the storyline. Listen to the story and follow as each word is underlined. Find out if your prediction matches the storyline. Put the jumbled events of the story in the right order.

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Why is it useful to have a big bad wolf character in stories?

Watch this clip to hear Andy Griffiths explain why it's good to have villains in stories. How can the "big bad wolf" character help to move the story along? Think about some of the stories you've read lately. Which characters were the "big bad wolf" characters and what did they add to the stories? 

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'This old man' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen to Teddy Rock perform the nursery rhyme 'This old man' in this animated music video. Then have some fun with counting and rhyme as you create and perform new verses for the song.

Teacher resource

Using 'Grandma Pickleberry's Cold' to teach recount writing in Foundation and Year 1

In this resource, students use the text ‘Grandma Pickleberry’s Cold’ to help them recount the events that have occurred into beginning, middle and end. The teacher then models how to write a recount, before allowing the students to do their own (with some scaffolding approaches included). This resource is a follow up to ...

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'Hey diddle diddle' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen as Buzz, Belle and Bop perform 'Hey diddle diddle' in this animated music video. Then try to create your own sentences that include pairs of words that sound the same at the end (rhyme).

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'It's raining, it's pouring' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen as Buzz, Belle and Bop sing the nursery rhyme 'It's raining, it's pouring' in this animated music video. Next, see if you can think of some other things that might happen to the old man.

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'Incy Wincy Spider' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen to Buzz, Belle and Bop perform the traditional nursery rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider' in this animated music video. Use the rhyme, sung with a rock beat by Teddy Rock, to discuss, order and retell events.

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How to retell a story (for kids)

A short video (1:48) for students explains how to retell a story focusing on characters, setting and major events.

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'Sing a song of sixpence' sung by Teddy Rock

Watch and listen to Buzz, Belle and Bop perform the nursery rhyme 'Sing a song of sixpence' in this animated music video. Find out where the king was, what the queen was doing and what happened to the maid. Have fun retelling the story.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

My design: talking dinosaur: create own text

Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Add a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. You can change ...

Teacher resource

Story building

This is a resource about how stories can be represented dramatically, using the imagination as a starting point. It features a video of Vikki Doig and a 'postman' who demonstrate the process of dramatising a story using your imagination. The resource includes templates for a pirate hat and a postcard; questions for response ...

Interactive resource

Story map: tool

Use an interactive tool to create a story map for a narrative. Recall the following elements of a story: title, setting, characters, orientation, complication and resolution. Then use a writing tool to add these elements to your story map. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Teacher resource

Water for life

This is a unit of work about the importance of water. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Ways we use water; Where our water comes from; Carrying water; Sharing a precious resource; and Wonderful water. The activities ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

My design: talking car: create own text

Design a talking car to present at show and tell. Create your car by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your car. Decide on a name that suits your talking car. Add a note about your car. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times ...

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 ...

Interactive resource

My design: talking dinosaur: choose text

Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Select a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. You can change ...

Teacher resource

Viewing resource book

This is a resource book intended to support teachers in understanding and teaching viewing. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and a companion resource for the ‘Viewing map of development’, its goal is that students become competent, independent and critical users of multimodal texts. ...

Teacher resource

Writing resource book

This is a detailed resource book that supports teachers in their teaching of writing. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and a companion resource for the ‘Writing map of development’, its focus is on: different forms of text; writing processes, strategies and conventions; and the contexts ...

Interactive resource

My design: talking car: choose text

Design a talking car to present at show and tell. Create your car by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your car. Decide on a name that suits your talking car. Select a note about your car. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times ...