English / Year 7 / Literature / Creating literature

Curriculum content descriptions

Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625)

Elaborations
  • using aspects of texts in imaginative recreations such as re-situating a character from a text in a new situation
  • imagining a character’s life events (for example misadventures organised retrospectively to be presented as a series of flashbacks in scripted monologue supported by single images), making a sequel or prequel or rewriting an ending
  • creating chapters for an autobiography, short story or diary
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Text structure,  Literary styles,  Imaginative texts,  Literary devices

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