English / Year 4 / Literature / Creating literature

Curriculum content descriptions

Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)

Elaborations
  • drawing upon literary texts students have encountered and experimenting with changing particular aspects, for example the time or place of the setting, adding characters or changing their personalities, or offering an alternative point of view on key ideas
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Imaginative texts,  Fantasy

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