English / Year 9 / Literature / Responding to literature

Curriculum content descriptions

Present an argument about a literary text based on initial impressions and subsequent analysis of the whole text (ACELT1771)

Elaborations
  • interrogating and making judgments about a text, comparing others’ ideas against the student’s own and reaching an independent decision or shared consensus about the interpretations and ideas expressed
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Personal responses

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Importance of feedback in the writing process

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Heywire: Hip hop against waste dump

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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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Syllabus bites: Visual literacy

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Writing a discussion

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Legendary Textile Tales

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Perspective in war poetry

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Core Concepts in English

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Planning, programming and assessing English 7–10

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English concepts: Visual Representation Posters

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Sample scope and sequence – Year 9

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Representation of life experiences

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Poetic purpose

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Exploring the speculative

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Learning From Lyrics

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Art and Poetry

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Work Sample Year 9 English: Macbeth oral presentation

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