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English / Year 8 / Literature / Responding to literature

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Curriculum content descriptions

Share, reflect on, clarify and evaluate opinions and arguments about aspects of literary texts (ACELT1627)

Elaborations
  • discussing the relative merits of literary texts and comparing and evaluating personal viewpoints on texts
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Attitudes,  Personal responses,  Imaginative texts

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