English / Year 5 / Literature / Examining literature

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odes (ACELT1611)

Elaborations
  • discussing how figurative language including simile and metaphor can make use of a comparison between different things, for example ‘My love is like a red, red rose’; ‘Tyger!, Tyger! burning bright, In the forests of the night’; and how by appealing to the imagination, it provides new ways of looking at the world
  • investigating the qualities of contemporary protest songs, for example those about Indigenous peoples and those about the environment
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Figures of speech,  Imagery (Literary devices),  Lyric poetry

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Syllabus bites: types of sentences

A web page resource with information, teacher guides and activities on types of sentences to support the Australian Curriculum in English K–10. It has detailed activities, links to resources and quizzes.

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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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Dream machine: similes

Build a dream bike using fantasy parts such as a 'time-travel frame' and 'supersonic jet pedals'. Look at a model text that uses similes to describe a 'Wish-come-true bike'. Choose similes to make an interesting description of your own fantasy bike. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Dream machine: metaphors

Build a dream bike using fantasy parts such as a 'time-travel frame' and 'supersonic jet pedals'. Look at a model text that uses metaphors to recount a journey on a 'Wish-come-true bike'. Choose metaphors to make an interesting recount of an adventure on another fantasy bike. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Poetry and drama

This is an online resource that provides tools and activities for taking a poem from the page to the stage. It includes two videos featuring Complete Works Theatre Company's artistic director, Andrew Blackman, and his actors demonstrating the process of preparing a poem for the stage, four activity sheets, the poem 'Mulga ...

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Save one island, save them all

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 5 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 of work focuses on a hybrid text 'One Small Island' ...

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Alison Lester – writing your own books

This twelve video resource contains video of author and illustrator Alison Lester guiding students to create, first a collaborative whole class book and second, an individual book using digital technologies. In each video Lester discusses aspects of her creative processes and the books she has written. Her books are aimed ...

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Celebrity garbage: Cal Calvino

Help a detective work out what happened to a missing celebrity. Look closely at clues in a rubbish bin. Note key dates and times on items of evidence such as a pet grooming receipt and a flight reservation. Sort the evidence into chronological order. Look at a model recount of another case story. Build a recount of Cal's ...

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Sah-winnng into performance poetry!

Watch performance poet Komninos presenting some poems to school students and talking about his poetry. Find out what the students think make Komninos's poems different from poems they've met before. Discover a quick and easy way to start writing poems based directly on your own experience.

Audio

How did Mem Fox write the words in 'Possum Magic'?

Can you remember the picture books that you used to read when you were very young? One of Australia's most loved picture books is 'Possum Magic'. Can you believe that it took the author, Mem Fox, five years to write the 512 words in the book? She wrote the first paragraph 23 times! Listen to this interview, presented by ...

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: a school day

This is a one-page document with suggested activities for students and relates to 'School day', the tenth 'Alice in Australia' photo story. Students consider aspects of school such as uniforms, lunches and rules through discussion and group work, including carrying out a survey and using a bar chart and pie chart to present ...

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Tristan Bancks

This resource is a series of videos featuring writer Tristan Bancks talking about his writing. Related resources and teaching notes are included.

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Show and tell: here, boy!

Watch a short cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make the story clearer and funnier. ...

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Show and tell: that cat

Watch a short cartoon about a cat chasing a bird. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make ...

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Point of view: newspaper report 1: assessment

Assess your ability to construct a newspaper report by selecting appropriate verbs, adverbial phrases and pronouns. Examine a model newspaper report. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable ...

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Point of view: newspaper report 2: assessment

Assess your ability to construct a newspaper report by selecting appropriate verbs, adverbial phrases and pronouns. Examine a model newspaper report. Read and listen to two witness reports of a surfing accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable verbs ...

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Finish the story: car crash

Edit a comic book story about a romance between two characters who have an argument. Look closely at the narrative to make it more exciting and complete. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding similes and adverbial phrases, and by combining sentences using conjunctions. Choose a title and image for the cover. This ...

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Show and tell: here, boy: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives ...

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Manga maker: samurai: assessment

Test your understanding of how text, onomatopoeia and visual elements fit together to create a manga called 'Samurai'. Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. Explore elements of manga comics such as story-lines, characters, colours, text and bubbles. Then choose the dialogue and 'sound words' to complete ...

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Manga maker: robot dog: assessment

Test your understanding of how text, onomatopoeia and visual elements fit together to create a manga about a robot dog. Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. Explore elements of manga comics such as story-lines, characters, colours, text and bubbles. Then choose the dialogue and 'sound words' to complete ...

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Manga maker: birthday cake: assessment

Test your understanding of how text, onomatopoeia and visual elements fit together to create a manga about a birthday party. Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. Explore elements of manga comics such as story-lines, characters, colours, text and bubbles. Then choose the dialogue and 'sound words' to ...

Teacher resource

Creative writing with 'Dream machine' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea provides information about and links to the TLF learning object 'Dream machine'. Chris McLennan describes how 'Dream machine' helped her students improve their descriptive writing by exploring the meaning and use of similes: