English / Year 9 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

Curriculum content descriptions

Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness (ACELA1561)

  • comparing and contrasting vocabulary choices in informative and narrative texts, considering how they are used to create precise information, abstract ideas and/or stylistic interpretations of texts
  • identifying examples of acronyms, abbreviations and proprietary words which are used creatively in texts
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Literary styles,  Vocabularies


Can We Help?: New meanings: the processes of language change

Have you ever engaged in a bit of argle-bargle? It's the original form of a colloquialism you might be more familiar with: argy-bargy. But where does this phrase come from? Etymology is the study of the history and evolution of words. In this clip Professor Kate Burridge explains the origins of this curious phrase and other words.


Learning From Lyrics

In this lesson, students will research the lyrics of contemporary songs to analyse how social issues, are expressed through music and other art forms. Students will interpret song lyrics to create original art expressing the theme, issue, point of view, and/or facts from the song.


Art and Poetry

How are surrealist techniques applied in art and poetry? In this lesson, students will analyse poetic devices in the poems and images of the surrealist movement. They will learn about artists including André Breton, Robert Desnos, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró. Students will write original poems using surrealist techniques.


Work Sample Year 9 English: Macbeth oral presentation

This work sample demonstrates evidence of student learning in relation to aspects of the achievement standards for Year 9 English. The primary purpose for the work sample is to demonstrate the standard, so the focus is on what is evident in the sample not how it was created. The sample is an authentic representation of ...


Sometimes Gladness: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the poetry collection Sometimes Gladness which features the poetry of Bruce Dawe. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and an essay by Matthew Condon.


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 ...


Persuasive Language

This PDF provides a valuable reference guide and teaching and learning resource for students and teachers on the purpose, features and influence of written and visual persuasive texts. The text provides the reader with information on the techniques employed in creating persuasive texts including appealing to emotions through ...


Heywire: Autobiography of a flood survivor

Imagine if the town or suburb you live in came under threat due to a natural disaster. How would you react? Shelby Garlick from Kerang, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to her inspiring story and explore the lessons she learnt as a result of working with her ...


Heywire: Sussing out the similes in a footy game

If you've ever tried to describe an experience to a friend and said, 'It was just like', you were using a simile. Similes and their close pals metaphors are figures of speech that writers of all sorts of texts use. As you listen to this Heywire audio story, explore Taylor Smith's use of them in his recount of a Saturday ...


Can We Help?: Vanishing words: the process of language change

The English language is full of strange contradictions and vanishing words. Have you ever wondered why we sometimes put words together that contradict each other, such as 'pretty awful' or 'terribly good'? If we can be 'ruthless', can we be 'ruthly' as well? Watch as Professor Kate Burridge explains these curious irregularities ...


Can We Help?: Shakespeare words: the process of language change

Imagine being responsible for inventing over 1700 words! That is the legacy of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers in the English language. Most of these words were created through translations of Latin words or by combining words with prefixes and suffixes in original ways. In this clip, you'll discover the ...


Fox: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the book Fox which is a picture book that explores the themes of betrayal, friendship, jealousy, loneliness, loyalty and wilderness. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and an essay by Robyn Sheahan-Bright.


The Art of Taxidermy: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support the novel The Art of Taxidermy which is a verse novel about sadness and loss, and the role of art in helping people manage challenges. Themes include connections to the natural world, grief, holding on to the past, relationships and vulnerability. This unit provides practical ...


Exploring the speculative

Students investigate speculative fiction, its evolution and how changes in the genre can reflect changing values. They analyse and discuss the ways that writers of speculative fiction use and manipulate language to convey thematic messages in their texts. Students deepen their understanding of authorial intent and reflect ...


Exploring Gothic conventions in short animated film

In this learning sequence, students will extend their knowledge and understanding of the key conventions of the Gothic genre. They will critically apply this knowledge to a short animated film and films produced by their peers. They can also compose a personal response to a film text using metalanguage connected to genre.


Creating Fictional Characters

In this teaching activity, students will examine character as a significant element of fictional stories. They will learn methods of characterization, identify supporting details, and critique these methods in works of fiction.


The Poetics of Hip Hop

What is the relationship between Shakespearean sonnets and hip hop music? In this lesson, students will analyse the rhythm, form, diction, and sound of hip hop and Shakespearean sonnets. They will then compare characteristics between Shakespeare’s work and the work of hip hop artists to create an original poem or set of lyrics.


The Divine Wind: Unit of work

This unit of work has been written to support The Divine Wind novel which evokes an era of Australians caught up in the events of war and its effects. Its themes include coming of age, family, friendship, identity, love, multiculturalism, racism and war. This unit provides practical teaching ideas, an assessment task and ...


Representation of life experiences

In this learning sequence, students will deepen their understanding of how language forms and features are used in narrative. They will compose an imaginative response that represents a thematic concern. This imaginative piece could use hybrid forms of narrative. Students will experiment with narrative code and convention. ...


Poetic purpose

Through this resource, students will explore a range of texts written by Aboriginal poets. They will investigate how poets use and manipulate language, form and structure for specific purposes. Students will investigate and analyse the ways that perspective and context influence the creation and reception of texts. This ...