English / Year 6 / Literature / Responding to literature

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plots (ACELT1614)

Elaborations
  • exploring texts on a similar topic by authors with very different styles, for example comparing fantasy quest novels or realistic novels on a specific theme, identifying differences in the use of narrator, narrative structure and voice and language style and register
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Literature,  Personal responses

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Syllabus bites: Visual literacy

A resource with information, study guides and resources on visual literacy to support the English K-10 Australian Curriculum in English. It provides a series of activities, guidelines and tasks about visual texts from a variety of sources. Contains writing scaffolds, templates and proformas for responding and composing ...

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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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Cartoons

A resource that introduces the purpose and features of cartoons. It has cartoons resources, annotations and activities.

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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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Graphic novels as the 21st-century comic book

Find out about comic books, those action-packed stories full of colourful illustrations. You used to only find comic books in newsagencies but now they're also in bookshops and libraries. These types of comics are called graphic novels. Discover why they are all the rage.

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Understanding story plots

There are a million ways to get from the beginning to the end of a story. Watch this entertaining video to learn about different story types and how to move your characters through a story in satisfying ways.

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What is spec fic? Rebecca Lim explains

Have you heard of the term 'spec fic'? What is speculative fiction? If you're interested in reading some, why not find out more about the books that Rebecca Lim refers to.

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Patrick Brennan: the legend of Ned Kelly

Play the role of a reporter in 1881. Produce a feature article for a newspaper about the life of Ned Kelly. Review a brief history. Interview his friends and enemies. Gather evidence of social and political influences that affected Ned Kelly’s life. Compile an article that explores the myth and decide whether Ned Kelly ...

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A flight of fantasy - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the fantasy genre by examining a series of titles by Anna and Barbara Fienberg. They dramatise the thoughts and feelings of the characters through simple drama activities and develop their narrative writing skills through a focus on descriptive and figurative language. The unit is ...

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Writing an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work takes students through a series of scaffolded activities in which they construct and write an adventure story for younger children. Students learn about: types of adventure stories, narrative time structures, processes for structuring narratives at the stages of orientation, complication and resolution, ...

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The Circle: the journey

Trace a two-week journey from Hobart to Antarctica aboard an icebreaker. Look at daily weather summaries and diary entries. Read descriptions of storms, pack ice and 24-hour daylight. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning objects.

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

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World Wonders TV show: earthquake

Build a script about earthquakes for a television show. Help a researcher to sort facts and pictures. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build an explanation. Include sections on causes, processes and effects. Connect ideas in the script by adding joining words such as 'however' and 'finally'. This learning ...

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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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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

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Lights, camera, action: lighting

Explore how lighting effects are used in films to tell a story. Learn words used to describe light levels and lighting effects. See how combinations of lighting can hide or reveal things, set a mood and influence audience feelings. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, dim lighting ...

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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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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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Rhyme time

Do all poems have to rhyme? Matt from the Sydney Story Factory explains how rhyme can be used in poetry to achieve certain effects, but sometimes deliberately not rhyming can be just as effective!