English / Year 2 / Literature / Literature and context

Curriculum content descriptions

Discuss how depictions of characters in print, sound and images reflect the contexts in which they were created (ACELT1587)

Elaborations
  • exploring iconography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
  • recognising recurring characters, settings and themes in Dreaming stories experienced through texts, films and online sources
  • discussing moral and teaching stories from varied cultures, identifying and comparing their central messages
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Social settings (Narratives),  Illustration,  Reading comprehension,  Characters (Narratives)

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