English / Foundation / Literacy / Texts in context

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify some familiar texts and the contexts in which they are used (ACELY1645)

Elaborations
  • recognising the meaning of symbols in everyday contexts, for example exit signs, logos, hearts and flowers on greeting cards
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Informative texts,  Imaginative texts

Teacher resource

Playing with texts

This teaching resource contains a variety of interactive activities that will engage your early years students with narrative and informative texts. Use its selection of enjoyable game-based learning experiences to explore text types, characters, settings, narrative sequencing, story mapping and strategies for adding meaning ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Storyboard: Flutter-by friends!

Explore the title and picture on the cover of 'Flutter-by friends!' Then make a prediction about the storyline. Listen to the story and follow as each word is underlined. Find out if your prediction matches the storyline. Put the jumbled events of the story in the right order.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Procedural texts: let's make a banana split

Explore the three steps in a procedure; aim, materials and steps by looking at four examples. Discover the steps in making a banana split. Find the materials and ingredients you'll need for the banana split hidden in a classroom. Investigate the steps in making the banana split by taking photos. Put the jumbled steps of ...

Interactive resource

Story map: tool

Use an interactive tool to create a story map for a narrative. Recall the following elements of a story: title, setting, characters, orientation, complication and resolution. Then use a writing tool to add these elements to your story map. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Interactive resource

Snappy

Use 'Snappy' to create an interactive presentation. Add your own digital photos, audio files and text. Choose a layout and style for each page. Add a caption to each photo. Your presentation will be saved while you are working. Once you have created a presentation, you can view it in an internet browser, or print it to ...

Interactive Resource

Bear and Chook by the Sea

This learning object is designed around a series of videos with Lisa Shanahan, author, and Emma Quay, illustrator, including a reading experience of their collaborative work, Bear and Chook by the Sea. Taken as a whole, this sequence of lessons is a Stage 1 unit of work that results in students working in pairs to produce ...

Collection

Explore letters, words and text

This collection of 16 interactive learning objects supports early years learners to recognise upper- and lower-case letters, words and sentences and to create and sequence multimodal texts. The selected items in the collection are representative of others in their series, and they provide strong visual and audio support ...

Moving Image

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? 

Teacher resource

Story building

This is a resource about how stories can be represented dramatically, using the imagination as a starting point. It features a video of Vikki Doig and a 'postman' who demonstrate the process of dramatising a story using your imagination. The resource includes templates for a pirate hat and a postcard; questions for response ...

Teacher resource

Water for life

This is a unit of work about the importance of water. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Ways we use water; Where our water comes from; Carrying water; Sharing a precious resource; and Wonderful water. The activities ...

Moving Image

Andy Griffiths' tips for starting your story

Get some tips from Andy Griffiths on what to think about when you start to write a story. What does he say about plot? Why not take Andy's advice and start a story by thinking about something that has happened to you and then exaggerate it somehow. Concentrate on writing a short, dramatic moment by using lots of detail ...

Teacher resource

Viewing map of development

This is a comprehensive description of six phases in student development of the viewing mode - beginning, early, exploratory, consolidating, proficient and advanced. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and intended to help teachers map students’ progress in viewing, the resource emphasises ...

Moving Image

The Buyungurra who didn't listen

Listen as Bianca McNeair shares the story of "The Buyungurra who didn't listen". This is a traditional story that Bianca's mother told her when she was growing up. Bianca uses words from the Malgana language, which is spoken in the area around Shark Bay in Western Australia.

Teacher resource

Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...

Teacher resource

Using Sebastian Lives in a Hat to Write Recounts in Foundation/Year 1

In this lesson plan, students use the text ‘Sebastian Lives in a Hat’ to help them recount the events that have occurred into beginning, middle and end. The teacher then models how to write a recount, before allowing the students to do their own (with some scaffolding approaches included).

Moving Image

The Kaangkan Brothers

This animation of a contemporary story created by primary school children from the Pompuraaw community in Far North Queensland. The story is told in English language and a transcript of the story is provided

Teacher resource

Basic needs and human rights

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about every child's basic needs and human rights. It can be a resource for learning about how people live in places, reasons why places are special or important to people and how basic needs are met in places. The section on children around the world having similar needs ...

Moving Image

Guulaangga, The Green Tree Frog

Listen to author and artist Aunty Gloria Whalan, as she tells the story of Guulaangga, the Green Tree Frog. Gloria is an elder of the Morwell community, though she grew up in Lithgow, NSW. Her people are the Wiradjuri, from around the Blue Mountains in NSW. This story is inspired by Gloria's experiences growing up on a ...

Teacher resource

Viewing resource book

This is a resource book intended to support teachers in understanding and teaching viewing. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and a companion resource for the ‘Viewing map of development’, its goal is that students become competent, independent and critical users of multimodal texts. ...

Text

Aboriginal literature and oral histories

This online library provides teachers with links to a wide range of books by Aboriginal authors and illustrators, and engage with many local storytellers to enhance students’ understanding of and experience with Indigenous Australia arts and culture. Included are links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander books, authors, ...