English / Year 4 / Literature / Responding to literature

Curriculum content descriptions

Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of view (ACELT1603)

Elaborations
  • sharing and discussing students’ own and others’ understanding of the effects of particular literary techniques on their appreciation of texts
  • drawing comparisons between multiple texts and students’ own experiences. Commenting orally, in written form and in digital reviews on aspects such as: Do I recognise this in my own world?; How is this text similar to or different from other texts I’ve read?; How common is it to human experience in the real world?; What new ideas does it bring?; ’How do they fit with what I believe?
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Attitudes,  Personal responses

Online

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Syllabus bites – responding to literature

A web page with information, teacher guides and resources on responding to texts. This resource supports the NSW English K-10 syllabus.

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Hannie Rayson on becoming a writer

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A school's history of sustainability

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Andy Griffiths' tips for writing funny stories

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My Place - Episode 26: Before Time: Barangaroo, Yabbies

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Super stories: The Abandoned House: verbs and adverbs

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Story starting points

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Story development and plot holes with Andy Griffiths

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ABC Open: Australian Children's Laureate, Jackie French

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