English / Year 8 / Literature / Literature and context

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups (ACELT1626)

Elaborations
  • investigating texts about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history from different sources and explaining differing viewpoints
  • comparing attitudes and ideas in texts drawn from contexts that are different to students’ own
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Social settings (Narratives),  Personal responses

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