English / Year 1 / Literature / Responding to literature

Curriculum content descriptions

Express preferences for specific texts and authors and listen to the opinions of others (ACELT1583)

Elaborations
  • sharing favourite texts and authors and some reasons for preferences
  • discussing different texts and considering what is entertaining or appealing and why
  • using arts methods and role play to express personal responses to characters and events in stories
  • identifying who is telling the story in different texts
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Attitudes

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