English / Year 9 / Literature / Literature and context

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Curriculum content descriptions

Interpret and compare how representations of people and culture in literary texts are drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1633)

Elaborations
  • exploring and reflecting on representations of values (for example love, freedom, integrity) in literature drawn from cultures and times different from the students’ own
  • exploring and reflecting on personal understanding of the world and human experience, interpreted in literature drawn from cultures and times different from the students’ own
  • reviewing historical fiction or nonfiction written by and about the peoples of Asia
  • analysing literary texts created by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (including documentaries, picture books, print texts and other multimodal texts) and also texts including film produced by and about peoples of Asian background, and considering the different ways these texts represent people, places, things and issues
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
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Worlds united

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Worlds

Worlds is a unit of work based on the English Stage 6 area of study that can be used as an ideal introduction for students in years 10 or 11. It contains four independent resources, Worlds united, Worlds apart, Worlds collide and Worlds beyond. Each part has three texts to help students examine and explore the area of study ...

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Engaging with poetry - odes

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Syllabus bites: Exploring Asia-related texts

This resource has information, links and study guides on Asia-related texts to support the Australian Curriculum in English for Year 7, 8, 9, 10.

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Romeo and Juliet: The language of true love

There are moments of extraordinary light and beauty amid the tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Join James Evans and actor Damien Strouthos from Bell Shakespeare as they discuss Act 2.2. Damien explains how Shakespeare's use of language reveals the intense passion, as well as frustration, experienced by Romeo and Juliet.

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Julius Caesar: Conspiracy and crime

In this early scene from Shakespeare's historical tragedy, Brutus and Cassius discuss Julius Caesar's right to rule. It acts as a prelude to the infamous conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. This performance by Hazem Shammas and Kate Mulvany of Bell Shakespeare reveals the persuasive power of language in Cassius' clever tongue ...

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Youth Theatre (unit)

Youth theatre is a unit resource with three self-contained and independent resources for English and drama students. The unit focuses on the play 48 Shades of Brown, adapted from Nick Earls' award winning novel. It examines the themes, issues, setting, characters and language of the play. It also examines the staging of ...

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SMART Notebook: Representation

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Exploring short stories - The Necklace

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Julius Caesar: Comprehending Cassius

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The Tempest: Set free at last?

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The Tempest: Shakespeare's farewell?

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Macbeth: Theatre as life

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Hamlet: Torment and tragedy

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Hamlet: Mischievous or mad?

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Alice Pung

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Tara June Winch

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Writing a review - book and film

The resource contains Information, activities and tasks on how to write a review of a book and film. It includes writing and presenting templates for students for a variety of purposes and contexts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.