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English / Year 10 / Literature / Examining literature

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Curriculum content descriptions

Compare and evaluate how ‘voice’ as a literary device can be used in a range of different types of texts such as poetry to evoke particular emotional responses (ACELT1643)

Elaborations
  • creating extended written responses to literary texts, making reference to varying points of view about the issues raised
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Narrative voice

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A poetic journey through personal identity

It is undeniable that our society likes to put people into boxes. But what about those, like Laurie May, who find they don't quite fit into neat little categories? In this thought-provoking poem, Laurie challenges society and its attempts to define her Indigenous identity.

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Powerful poets in performance

Imagine a child being handed a rifle instead of a toy. People who have grown up in Australia sometimes don't appreciate the struggles faced by people in other parts of the world. This electrifying performance by Abe Nouk gives an insight into the traumatic lives of child soldiers and the redemptive nature of love. Abe reveals ...

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Prose vs poetry with David Malouf

Finding the right narrative form for a story can be tricky. Watch as David Malouf explains how his experience with poetry informed his prose writing. What are some of the things that writing poetry early in his career taught him?

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Find your voice

Students learn about, compose and perform slam 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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Engaging with poetry - modern poems

This resource focuses on modern poetry from a range of contemporary source. Students have the opportunity to learn about how language forms and features of a selection of modern poems. They explore how composers use language, rhythm and imagery to engage their audience and the ways in which imaginative texts can explore ...

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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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Leaving home, leaving yourself

Leaving the only home you've ever known can be tough. For Janet Brown, it led to a serious case of depression. Although she was able to work through this, for a time Janet felt that she had lost everything, including herself. In her Heywire story Janet constructs a powerful image of her condition.<br /><br />To talk with ...

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The voice of Albert Facey

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Place as medicine

Many people feel a strong sense of connection to a particular place. The importance of this connection can't be underestimated. In her Heywire audio story, Nicolette Worth recounts how lost she was until she found a place to truly call home.<br /><br />To talk with someone about anxiety or depression visit www.headspace.org.au ...

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Tension in the air

In this Heywire audio story, explore how Marguerite Donaldson builds tension as she recounts a nerve-wracking incident that happened while she was flying one day. Find out what this incident has revealed to her and how she shares her thoughts. Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? ...

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Will Kostakis on writing distinct voices

Will Kostakis uses three separate characters' perspectives to tell his story, The Sidekicks. How did Will keep the voices of these three characters distinct? Write about a fictional event from the perspectives of three imagined characters. Think about who these individual characters are, how differently they might express ...

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Ways to tell stories

In this video, student writers Noa and Francis discuss the creative choices they made when writing the short stories they've recently had published. Why might structuring a story as a letter be a good way to tell a story about a personal experience? Why was it important for Francis to use a first person narrative voice ...

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Storytelling

Oral histories, myths, legends, folk tales, fairy tales, Aussie yarns and interactive digital stories. Storytelling traditions stretch throughout time.

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Successfully speaking

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True, real, compelling: the power of a story

This is a compilation of four teaching sequences about the power of stories. It includes sections on the elements that make stories powerful; their impacts on the reader; how a story of a woman who is HIV-positive can be communicated; HIV AIDS in South Africa; effective ways of telling stories; how stories can communicate ...

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In conversation with David Malouf

David Malouf is an internationally-acclaimed Australian author, poet and essayist. In this conversation with radio host Tom Tilley, Malouf discusses his The Complete Stories, a collection of thirty-one short stories published since 1982. What emerges in this compilation is a diverse range of representations of Australian ...

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The Language of Connection- A resource for Global Education

This resource is for teachers of English, from Years 7-10, focusing on the identification and practice of the language of connection. It provides language activities which can be embedded in existing units of work, as well as individual units of work.

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The Catcher in the Rye

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Washing your hands in an online sink

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