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)

  • 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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