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Curriculum content descriptions

Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasons (ACELT1594)

Elaborations
  • reading texts in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children/young people are the central characters/protagonists and making links to students’ own lives, noting similarities
  • exploring the ways that the same story can be told in many cultures, identifying variations in the storyline and in music (for example ‘The Ramayana’ story which is told to children in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Tibet and Malaysia)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Characters (Narratives),  Settings (Narratives)

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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.

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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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Writers Talk 2008

A resource for primary and secondary students featuring video interviews and some masterclasses with guest writers at the 2008 Sydney Writers' Festival. The resource explores each author's background, books and approach to writing. Related resources and teacher notes are included.

Writing and illustrating with Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Ever wondered how writers and illustrators work together to create books? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the way Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton collaborate to produce their famous children’s books. Use their pearls of wisdom to help you produce your own story!

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Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

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Night and day

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 3 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. The primary focus of this unit of work is a literature study ...

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Storytelling traditions - unit of work

In this unit of work, students learn about storytelling traditions and how they may be used to pass on important cultural knowledge, such as Dreaming. They listen to, read and view traditional stories now told using writing, illustrations and digital forms. They respond to the stories by creating oral, written and visual ...

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Visual storytelling

This is an online resource about how stories can be represented visually by creating storybooks using natural materials and by sharing stories through 'talking circles', following traditions of Aboriginal cultures. It features two videos of storyteller Zelda Quakawoot outlining the process of creating a storybook, four ...

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Indigenous peoples: people, place, language and song

This is an interactive resource about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures. Learning activities explore how place, language and song relate to Indigenous Australian peoples. The resource is a unit of work using multimodal texts including music video clips, picture storybooks, songs ...

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Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...

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Horton Hears a Who

This resource for primary school children examines the Dr Seuss picture book classic and the film based on the book. It examines the theme of sustainability. It contains questions and activities on the book and the film, as well as a teacher guide.

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Starting Smart: playing by the rules: entertain and persuade

This curriculum resource package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The unit focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of narrative and persuasive texts. The lessons use a range of ...

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Decoding Chinese calligraphy

This resource is a video titled ‘Decoding Chinese Calligraphy’ that shows master Chinese calligrapher Cai Xingyi demonstrating the five major scripts of Chinese calligraphy. Set to traditional Chinese music, the video shows the word ‘Autumn’ being written in each of the scripts - Seal, Clerical, Standard, Semicursive and ...

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Toontastic 3D - iTunes app

Create and share your own cartoons. Choose from a range of characters or create your own. Select from the many settings and start to create your cartoon. Free when reviewed 5/6/15.

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Frog tales - unit of work

Students investigate frogs by examining a collection of fiction and non-fiction resources and creating a class anthology of frog stories.

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Through a child's eye: an especially joyous exhibition of mandalas

This is a presentation of seven slides displaying a small exhibition of children's stories, related drawings and background information about mandalas. The stories and drawings illustrate selected fables as an expression of Buddhist teachings. The presentation was created as a result of an art project to commemorate the ...

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Sustainability of a historic community garden

Discover the history of a local community garden and find out about some of its new sustainable features. View this clip called 'Sustainability in Edinburgh', created by young reporters from North Fitzroy Primary School, Victoria. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' project, which featured ...

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A school's history of sustainability

Discover the history of sustainability at a local primary school as two generations of past students reflect on their time at the school. View this clip called 'The past of our present', created by young reporters from North Fitzroy Primary School, Victoria. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making ...

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My Place - Episode 26: Before Time: Barangaroo, Dance-off

Barangaroo and her friends are warned not to go near Mumuga country, and they discuss the nature of the Mumuga. To cheer up Mung they decide to host a cook-up. Barangaroo and Mani have a dance-off in order to see who is the most worthy to carry the spear.

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My Place - Episode 18: 1838: Davey, The bushranger

While out walking Duchess, Davey and Alice witness a bushranger on the run from some local soldiers and they misdirect the soldiers to ensure his swift escape. Davey is confronted by the Owen boys who tease him about the imminent fate of Duchess.