English / Year 8 / Literacy / Creating texts

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)

Elaborations
  • experimenting with text structures and language features, for example paragraph order and content, language choices or mode of delivery, to refine and clarify ideas and to improve text effectiveness
  • combining verbal, visual and sound elements in imaginative multimodal texts
  • ordering paragraphs to best support and sustain an argument and to organise and convey information clearly
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Creating texts,  Word processing,  Editing

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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A New Kind of Alchemy

'A New Kind of Alchemy' is an interactive online graphic novel about a future world threatened by extinction. It is based on a short story by Australian writer, James Roy. The graphics can be downloaded and used to create your own story.

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Inanimate Alice: digital assets

This is a rich collection of downloadable digital resources relating to the ‘Alice in Australia’ photo stories, designed for use in student activities. For each episode in the series the resources include: versions of the story that can be printed in full or with only pictures or words so that students can write or draw ...

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UCreate a short film

This resource focuses on creating a short film. Learn about planning, shooting and editing short films for classroom presentations, competitions and online. It has practical hints, advice and tips about film making.

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Writing a review - book and film

The resource contains Information, activities and tasks on how to write a review of a book and film. It includes writing and presenting templates for students for a variety of purposes and contexts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

Interactive Resource

Creating Digital Stories

This resource focuses on the creation of digital stories for students with supporting activities and links to resources. It has advice and help for students to compose, adapt and publish your digital stories. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

Teacher resource

DonateLife: the gift of life

This is a learning sequence that investigates the processes, ethical considerations and potential benefits of organ and tissue donation in Australia, and analyses the manner in which these benefits are presented to the general public. It includes links to a number of short videos as well as an interactive, annotated diagram ...

Interactive Resource

Composing a graphic novel

This resource examines how authors and illustrators design and develop graphic novels. Student can use the resources to design, develop and publish their own graphic novel. Contains a list of print and digital resources needed to teach the unit. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Science Fiction: Radio Dramas

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Interactive Resource

Writing a multimedia review

The resource contains information, activities and tasks on how to write a review of a multimodal text, a website and a computer game. It includes writing and presenting templates for students for a variety of purposes and contexts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Inanimate Alice suggested activities: an audio story

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Moving Image

Uncovering the publishing process with Sally Rippin

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Interactive Resource

Creating Avatars

The resource provides advice and help for students to create avatars as visual representation for a variety of publications. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Visit us: tourist information website

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Interactive resource

Crimewatchers: persuade your audience

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Interactive Resource

Words often used with unnecessary words

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Show and tell: here, boy!

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World Wonders TV show: earthquake

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Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Patrick Brennan: the legend of Ned Kelly

Play the role of a reporter in 1881. Produce a feature article for a newspaper about the life of Ned Kelly. Review a brief history. Interview his friends and enemies. Gather evidence of social and political influences that affected Ned Kelly’s life. Compile an article that explores the myth and decide whether Ned Kelly ...

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites – responding to literature

A web page with information, teacher guides and resources on responding to texts. This resource supports the NSW English K-10 syllabus.

Assessment resource

Point of view: newspaper report 1: assessment

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Riddle of the black panther: evidence against

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Assessment resource

Point of view: newspaper report 2: assessment

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