English / Year 8 / Literacy / Creating texts

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Curriculum content descriptions

Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Elaborations
  • integrating multimodal approaches within a spoken presentation to purposefully develop meaning for a given audience
  • selecting vocabulary to influence meaning and to position and persuade the audience, for example adjusting language to show or acknowledge power
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Imaginative texts,  Expositions (Factual texts),  Report writing

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Dorothea Mackellar's 'My country' as a song

Do you know a poem with the line 'I love a sunburnt country'? The poem is 'My country' by Dorothea Mackellar. Find out what inspired Mackellar to write this famous poem and how she felt about teenager Christine Roberts basing a song on it. This is a black-and-white clip from a 1967 current affairs program This Day Tonight.

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Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

What can you do in just a few minutes? Current affairs stories are only a few minutes long yet need to present an entire argument. Let's explore a story about digital footprints, to see how words and images are used to convey a lot of meaning in a short space of time.

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Awesome interviews

Interviews are an important aspect of any news story. As Triple J's Sophie McNeill reveals in this clip, a good interview takes a lot of planning. You can't just grab anyone off the street and interview them! Learn more about effective interviews from a reporter in the field.

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Persuasive writing: albatrosses under threat

Imagine you are an ecologist who is desperate to save an endangered bird species, the Wandering Albatross. How can you convince people to support your cause? In this audio clip, explore how language choices can have a big impact on your audience.

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How to write about what you love

Many of us enjoy writing when it is about something we care passionately about. Watch Lili Wilkinson describe her love of gardening and how she incorporated that love into her book, 'Green Valentine'. Can you think of something you care passionately about to create a story around?

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Rebecca Lim and her writing process

How long does it take to write a YA book? Rebecca Lim fills us in and explains the role reading plays in the writing of her books. Why does she say that having an editor is important? Try challenging yourself to write a story in 100 words.

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Rebecca Lim's advice for writers

Do you want to be a writer? Watch this clip to get some tips from author Rebecca Lim. What are some of the things she suggests? Find out about writing competitions - and enter one!

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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 ...

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Pitching the perfect news story

Ever considered the amount of thought and planning that would need to go into each and every news item? Journalists must plan their stories carefully and pitch them to their editors, who decide which items will go to air. Learn some tips about creating the perfect pitch from Triple J Hack experts Michael Atkin and Kaitlyn Sawrey.

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Dougal MacPherson on the power of illustration in storytelling

Dougal MacPherson is the illustrator of Introducing Teddy, a story about being yourself. Watch as Dougal describes the way his illustrations help tell the story of a teddy called Thomas, who realises he's much happier being Tilly. How and why do Dougal's illustrations change as Teddy's story is told? Choose a picture book ...

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When mining comes to town

Imagine living in your own little piece of paradise, only to have a mining company move in and start changing it in ways you don't like. On the other hand, imagine the benefits that a mining company would bring to struggling businesses in the area! There are always different perspectives on any issue. As you listen to this ...

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The Kyoto Protocol: exploring a debate

Climate change remains a hot topic in Australia. Different people express various and often opposing viewpoints about how best to address climate change. As you watch this clip from 2007, explore the debate surrounding the Kyoto Protocol and practise analysing speakers' arguments.

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Trade and Investment at a Glance

Using an illustrated report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this Teacher guide provides ten learning sequences that engage students in the analysis and interpretation of data about Australian imports and exports. Students: identify Australia's major exports and imports; investigate international trade ...

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Journal Writing

This resource provides tips for students on journal writing, including the rules and 51 suggestions for writing, covering fiction, non-fiction, story starters, instructional writing, reviews, descriptive writing, persuasive writing and personal writing.

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Science Fiction: Short Stories

This resource for students presents information on how to respond to short answer questions on texts. Using textual evidence is discussed, with details on the use of ellipses and full stops. A sample answer is provided to a short answer question on Louise Lawrence's story 'Extinction is Forever'. Students are then asked ...

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Teaching Writing - Guide for Years 8-9

This resource offers ideas and activities to help teachers develop the writing skills of their Years 8 and 9 students. It features planning modelled writing lessons and scaffolding for independent writing.

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Living in the outback, coping with boarding school

For Timmy Watson, living in a remote community in the Northern Territory is as good as it gets. But there's one drawback: the need to go to boarding school during the final years of secondary school. Find out more in Timmy's Heywire audio story. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ...

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What is the biggest lesson Andy Griffiths has learnt?

Listen as Andy Griffiths reveals the biggest lesson he's learnt as a writer. What did he once think he needed to do to be successful? And what did he discover? Why does Andy believe that being yourself when you write is the most important thing?

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Letter of Introduction

This resource for students explains how to write a letter of introduction for your English teacher

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Book Review

This resource provides advice to students on how to present a three-minute book review, with advice on how to write the review, and how to present it orally.