English / Year 4 / Literature / Creating literature

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Curriculum content descriptions

Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings (ACELT1794)

Elaborations
  • collaboratively plan, compose, sequence and prepare a literary text along a familiar storyline, using film, sound and images to convey setting, characters and points of drama in the plot
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Creating texts,  Imaginative texts

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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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1788: Was life the same for everyone?

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Syllabus Bites: Responding to literature

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Andy Griffiths' advice for becoming a brave writer

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Creating characters with Sally Rippin

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Sally Rippin on sculpting stories

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Creating characters for your story

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Storybird training

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Exploring the genre and setting of your story

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Little Lunch app

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Rebecca Lim's advice for writers

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Rebecca Lim on planning stories

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Girls writing club

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Creating a picture book - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help students create a well-written story and then to self-publish it as a picture book. It focuses on: the elements of a picture book; the need for and construction of quality writing; and the production of the picture book.

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Bedtime stories - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea students create picture storybooks integrating digital and non-digital resources. Engaging student-centred classroom activities supports students as they apply their learning to developing and publishing their ‘bedtime stories’.

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Recount

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early and mid-primary years of schooling, about recounts. It begins by defining a recount as a text that tells of something that has already happened, and giving some examples. It explains that a recount begins with an orientation (a section telling who, what, ...

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