English / Year 4 / Literature / Literature and context

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Curriculum content descriptions

Make connections between the ways different authors may represent similar storylines, ideas and relationships (ACELT1602)

Elaborations
  • commenting on how authors have established setting and period in different cultures and times and the relevance of characters, actions and beliefs to their own time
  • comparing different authors’ treatment of similar themes and text patterns, for example comparing fables and allegories from different cultures and quest novels by different authors
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Social settings (Narratives),  Intertextuality

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1788: Was life the same for everyone?

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 4 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. This unit closely examines a range of texts, including written, ...

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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.

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Starting an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work explores elements of narrative in the context of a particular type of narrative, the adventure story. The unit is designed to help students understand the purpose of adventure stories, the narrative structure onto which the writer builds events, characters and setting, and how writers engage readers. Students ...

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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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Indigenous peoples: stories to unite us

This is an interactive resource exploring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Learning activities are based around two picture storybooks and an audio text: 'You and me: our place', by Leonie Norrington; 'Stories from the billabong', a collection of traditional Aboriginal stories; and ...

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Landmarks: people and places across Australia

This resource features the Landmarks gallery, which traces a broad history of Australia since British colonisation in the late 18th century. The exhibition explores ten big themes in the country's past through the stories of Australian places and the people who have lived there. It examines how people have engaged with ...

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Hillside erosion: how to stop it

Find out what is causing erosion of the hills in a local area, and how this damage can be prevented. View this clip called 'Willunga Hills are falling down', created by young reporters from Willunga Primary School, South Australia. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' project, which featured ...

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Starting Smart: dramatic recyclers: entertain, explain and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work. Designed for students in years 4-6, the unit looks at how writing scripts and performing and recording plays can draw together the purposes of entertainment, explanation and informational ...

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Using 'Stages of life' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes reflections following the teaching of R11512 'Stages of life - unit of work'. Students engage in a sequence of structured activities in Science and Drama to develop their knowledge and understanding of the cycle of life of plants and the cycle of life of humans.

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Starting Smart: energy informers: inform and explain

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 4-7 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work on factual texts. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language structures, features and techniques ...

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Restoring a native creek habitat

Discover how a primary school is working with local environmental groups to clean up the local creek and promote the return of native animals. View this clip called 'A fishy story!', created by young reporters from Willunga Primary School, South Australia. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the ...

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My Place - Episode 6: 1958: Michaelis, Greek school

Attendance at Greek school is a common expectation for young Greek children in Australia. Michaelis is attending Greek school to learn about the history, language and culture of his ancestry, but his mind is still on the escapades of 'The Adventures of Robin Hood', a TV serial he is fixated on.

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My Place - Episode 6: 1958: Michaelis, A Greek garden

Michaelis and his father are working in their garden when Janis reminds Michaelis that it is time for 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' on TV. When his mother comes to congratulate her husband and son on their work in the garden, she realises that the baby is coming.