English / Year 1 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Describe some differences between imaginative informative and persuasive texts (ACELY1658)

Elaborations
  • comparing and discussing texts identifying some features that distinguish those that ‘tell stories’ from those that ‘give opinions’
  • selecting texts for a particular purpose or task, for example a website that will give information about whales, a book that will tell a story about a possum
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Informative texts,  Imaginative texts,  Expositions (Factual texts)

Teacher resource

Fiction or fact?

Here an expert literacy practitioner works with Year 1 and 2 students at Wyndham Park Primary School. Here, she models for a number of teachers some teaching strategies to assist students distinguish between different kinds of texts. These include whole class and small group work and the selection of resources that will ...

Interactive Resource

SMART Notebook: Text tips for IWB – Stage 1 procedures

One in a series of IWB resources based on the Text Tip cards resource. This is a procedure text for Stage 1. It shows general structure and some language features that commonly occur in this type of text. The Teacher notes suggest how to use this resource and how it is a reference point for writing tasks, not as a definitive ...

Moving Image

Tiddalick the frog

This is an animation recounting the story of Tiddalick the frog, one of the most famous Dreaming stories of south-eastern Australia. It illustrates the main elements of the story including: Tiddalick swallowing all available water and causing all the animals and humans to suffer terribly; a council of animals and humans ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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? 

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

Personal timelines

This unit explores the concept and language of time and then moves to using sources to create a personal representation of the passing of time by exploring memory and creating a personal timeline.

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

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).

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 ...

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

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: playing by the rules: entertain and persuade

This curriculum resource package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The unit focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of narrative and persuasive texts. The lessons use a range of ...

Teacher resource

Procedural writing

Students in this Year 1 class learn about different procedural texts and the criteria for writing their own procedure. In a lesson, the students write a procedure for making fairy bread. The teacher reiterates the steps the students need to follow and relates this to a practical activity from the previous day's lesson. ...

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Story development and plot holes with Andy Griffiths

How do you move your characters forward in a story? A trick Andy Griffiths uses is asking a lot of questions. His favourite question to ask is "what's the worst thing that can happen next?" Try asking yourself that question if you get stuck when writing your next story. In this clip Andy also talks about plot holes. What ...