English / Year 6 / Literacy / Creating texts

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Curriculum content descriptions

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)

Elaborations
  • creating informative texts for two different audiences, such as a visiting academic and a Year 3 class, that explore an aspect of biodiversity
  • using rhetorical devices, images, surprise techniques and juxtaposition of people and ideas and modal verbs and modal auxiliaries to enhance the persuasive nature of a text, recognising and exploiting audience susceptibilities
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Creating texts,  Expositions (Factual texts)

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Syllabus bites: Visual literacy

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Origin Energy for Schools

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Andy Griffiths' tips for starting your story

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Cartoons

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Story development and plot holes with Andy Griffiths

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Creating characters with Sally Rippin

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Letter Link: let's write a letter

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Viewing map of development

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Talk about rights

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Andy Griffiths' tips for writing funny stories

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Writing drafts with Sally Rippin

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