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English / Year 9 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

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Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (ACELY1745)

Elaborations
  • identifying or commenting on the authors approaches and use of techniques, design, form and style
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
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Representing Australia's farmers

What image comes to mind when you think of Australia's (Australian) famers? The media often shows farmers facing drought, floods and even locust plagues. Such media reports often portray farmers as 'Aussie Battlers' who are struggling in a challenging environment. As you watch, consider how farmers are represented in this report.

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The slow sizzle of SFX

Without the benefit of visual images, audio texts often rely on sound effects to create a mood or to position the audience, sometimes without their realising it. Analyse how Rafiqua Fattah's sound effects affect you as you listen to her Heywire audio story, which presents her perspectives on life as an Australian who is ...

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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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Powerful words: Gough Whitlam's dismissal

Gough Whitlam is the only Australian prime minister to have been sacked from office - along with his entire government. After learning of his dismissal, Mr Whitlam addressed the Australian public and uttered a line that has resonated throughout Australian politics since 1975. Words can be immensely powerful and, as you ...

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Who wants to be a journo?

Learn about being a journalist in this clip from Triple J Hack journalist Sophie McNeill. As you watch, consider the way the clip has been constructed to promote journalism as a career choice to a particular audience.

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David Williamson's The Removalists

Violence still permeates Australian society, from the actions of sporting figures, to police corruption, to high levels of domestic violence. For these reasons, David Williamson's The Removalists remains as relevant to Australian audiences as when it was first performed. Listen to Williamson speak to Tom Tilley about the ...

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Representing Sydney's suburbs, 1965

In this clip from the mid-60s, explore how words and images can be combined to encourage particular interpretations and influence audience response. Explore how some of the inner suburbs of Sydney have been represented in history.

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Reporting from a war zone

Imagine what it would be like to report from an active war zone. How do reporters get access to these war zones and what rules do they follow to avoid becoming casualties? Find out how war zone reporters get their story.

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Objectivity in the media - thinking about Twitter

Imagine a platform where everybody has the opportunity to voice their opinions publicly. That would be pretty democratic, right? This is one of the purposes of Twitter. However, Twitter doesn't always give an accurate indication of public opinion. Explore how this clip encourages viewers to think about Twitter in a particular way.

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Postcard from Uluru

Many texts explore the connection people have to a particular place. In this clip, explore the beauty and majesty of Uluru and learn about the significance this sacred place holds for many Australians. Notice how visual language can be used to reinforce these ideas.

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Will Kostakis on writing significant moments

Join Will Kostakis as he reads a passage from his book, The Sidekicks. Will says that this passage depicts a moment when one of the main characters comes to understand the nature of his and others' grief. How does this passage communicate this realisation?

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Considering your audience when writing

Why is it important to think about who your readers will be when you write a story? In this clip author Alice Pung explains some of the things she had to consider when writing her 'Marley' books for young readers. What does Alice say about the way she used language? And how did she convey the historical themes in her stories? ...

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Framing the news

Have you ever thought about how much your experience of watching the news is framed by the way it's been filmed? In this clip, learn from ABC Open's Marc Eiden as he explains some of the different camera techniques used in the construction of news programs.

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How are graphic novels created?

How do writers and illustrators work together to make comics and graphic novels? Watch and learn as graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki explains her approach to scripting and collaborating. What does she focus on? And what does she say the images do? Mariko describes reading a comic or graphic novel as a process of deciphering ...

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Graphic novels and contradiction

Meet Canadian graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki. How does she describe the way graphic novels tell stories? Mariko says that graphic novels are great at exploring contradictions and layers in stories. Why is that? Try creating a series of panels that depict a scene or scenes of an original story. How can you play with the ...

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Understanding Indonesia

How would you like to visit Indonesia? The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) has been running for more than 30 years. Students from Australia and Indonesia spend time volunteering in each other's countries and learning about their cultures. But why is it important that programs such as this exist? Find ...

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Malalai Joya's voice of dissent

Malalai Joya is a former Afghani politician who, as a young woman of 25, stood up in a room crowded with 503 mostly male political delegates to denounce the warlords who had taken control of Afghanistan. Her action was supported by many but was denounced by those in power. Today, Joya continues her political activism.

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Wuthering Heights: who is Heathcliff?

Heathcliff is one of the main characters in Emily Bronte's classic novel, Wuthering Heights. As Professor John Bowen from the University of York notes, we know very little about this mysterious character and his apparent contradictions. Ms Bronte offers suggestions about Heathcliff's background but provides few details ...

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The Hunger Games

This web page includes a range of resources to support classroom studies of the novel and film 'The Hunger Ganes'. Resources include a study guide, explorations of characters, themes and issues and tips on writing essays. The resources discuss the use of film techniques to create setting, the genre of dystopia and the concept ...

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Introduction to Shakespeare: Ten Things I Hate about You

This resource for students is the third in a series of three entitled 'Introduction to Shakespeare', which is mainly based on a study of 'The Taming of the Shrew'. This resource asks students to: write a plot summary of the film; contrast plot flow charts of the play and the film; discuss gender roles in Shakespeare's ...