English / Year 8 / Literacy / Texts in context

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication (ACELY1729)

Elaborations
  • identifying and explaining how mobile technologies are influencing language uses and structures
  • analysing the ways that identity may be created in digital contexts
  • identifying how meanings or words change or shift depending on context, for example the word ‘cool’ is used to describe temperature or to express approval when used in informal contexts
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Language conventions,  Telecommunications

Interactive Resource

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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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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Science Fiction: Radio Dramas

This resource for students is one in a series of three on science fiction. The introduction contains links to old radio dramas as great examples of story telling. Students are then asked to produce their own two minute science fiction radio drama. A link is provided to Celtx, an application which allows you to write the ...

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TXT spelling: the end of formal education?

Should students be allowed to use text-message spelling in an exam? It's not uncommon for older generations to disapprove of the ways that younger people mould language to fit their lifestyles. Using this news report, explore the 2006 controversy surrounding plans to allow New Zealand students to use text-message spelling ...

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Challenges and changes in journalism

Experienced foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel has witnessed changing governments and borders and the evolution of communications technology. But the challenge of conducting interviews while undercover in hostile locations has not changed. As she recounts her interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, consider the challenges Zoe has ...

Assessment resource

Show and tell: close encounter: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about an encounter with a lion. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? ...

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BBC Skillswise: What are word types?

This is a multilayered resource about the following word types: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, connectives, prepositions and pronouns. It includes a video set in the workplace, two factsheets and four worksheets that provide an explanation of various word types and exercises in identifying and using them, and two multiple ...

Assessment resource

Show and tell: eerie encounter: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about an encounter with a creature from outer space. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or ...

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Putting the comma in its place

This resource focuses on how to use commas correctly, with information, links and activities. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Web designer: dragons: level 2

Browse jumbled web pages, which are all connected with dragons. Match material to the type of website it belongs to: cultural, natural science or Chinese restaurant. Identify features of the texts. For example, identify adverbs such as 'friendly' that refer to personal interactions. Match up the title, main body text, graphics ...

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Adding the suffix '-ance'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten base verbs and their nominalisations, made by adding the suffix '-ance' with no change to the base verb. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear ...

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Adding the suffix '-ion' to adjectives ending in '-ct'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten adjectives and nouns that illustrate the pattern of forming a noun by adding the suffix '-ion' to an adjective without changing its base spelling. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list ...

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Adjectives ending in '-ible'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten adjectives ending in '-ible'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button links to onscreen and printable ...

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Forming adjectives into nouns by adding '-ence'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words demonstrating that when an adjective ending in '-ent' is formed into a noun, one way that the end letter pattern can change is to '-ence'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and ...

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Forming the past tense of verbs ending in '-ip'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words showing that when the simple past tense of a verb ending in '-ip' is formed, the 'p' doubles as the suffix '-ed' is added. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling ...

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BBC Skillswise: words to watch out for

This is a multilayered resource about words that are tricky to spell. It includes a video set in the workplace about homophones; three factsheets and four worksheets that cover homophones, words with double letters, silent letters and endings that sound like 'shun', and words that look the same; as well as three interactive ...

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Life Savers, Cryst-O-Mint Flavour, 1925: Lifesaving

This clip shows a silent black-and-white cinema advertisement for Life Saver sweets. It opens with a shot of a poster advertising Life Savers. The remainder of the poorly conserved footage comprises the narrative of a rescue from the water of a woman who has feigned drowning in order to attract the attention of a male lifesaver. ...

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Words ending in '-igent' and '-igence'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of eight words ending in '-gent' or '-gence' following a syllable with an unstressed vowel sound spelt with an 'i'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and ...

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Words beginning with 'eva-'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of six words beginning with 'eva-' where the first syllable is often pronounced using the unaccented schwa vowel sound. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, ...

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Words containing the 'ommo' letter pattern

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of eight words containing 'ommo' followed by another 'o' often pronounced with the unstressed schwa vowel sound. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear ...