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English / Year 8 / Language / Text structure and organisation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the use of punctuation conventions, including colons, semicolons, dashes and brackets in formal and informal texts (ACELA1544)

Elaborations
  • creating dialogue in drama showing interruptions, asides and pauses for effect
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Punctuation,  Register (Language)

Text

Writing Dialogue

This is an explanation for students of how to format dialogue correctly when using it in their writing, with examples, practice activities and a short test.

Text

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

This resource is a revision for students of some of the rules for punctuation and spelling, with examples. It covers sentences, paragraphing, apostrophes, punctuating dialogue, ellipses, brackets, titles, acronyms, ampersands, commonly confused words and IM and Text Speak.

Video

How to use an apostrophe

This short video for students is a refresher on when to use apostrophes in writing.

Interactive

When do I use a colon?

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

Interactive

When do I use a semicolon?

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

Interactive

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.

Interactive

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.

Text

Tales of Terror

This text for students contains short answer questions on four short stories - 'The Landlady', 'Lamb to the Slaughter', 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'Cold Reading'. It describes how to write short answers, as well as how to use textual evidence.

Video

Formal vs Informal Writing: What's the Difference and When to Use Them

Before you start writing any article, one of the first things you need to ask yourself is "Who's my audience?" Answering this question will help you decide if you should use a formal or an informal writing style. This resource explores this and other questions to be answered before writing, such as 'What's the best way ...

Audio

An interview with Lady Mary Fairfax (1973)

Lady Mary Fairfax was president of the Australian Opera Foundation. In this interview she talks about a formal ball held in her home to celebrate the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. Listen to the interview, which outlines the menu, entertainment and security arrangements.

Interactive

Beach safety: video campaign

Look at the importance of water safety and skin protection at a beach. Talk with a lifeguard and beach goers about safety tips. Build a video for a public awareness campaign. Choose animated clips to illustrate responsible behaviour. Examine differences between formal and informal language. Select text for the script that ...

Interactive

Putting speech marks in their place

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

Interactive

How to use indirect speech

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