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English / Year 8 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733)

Elaborations
  • identifying the meaning of a wide range of words, including technical and literary language in various contexts
  • using print and digital/online thesauruses and dictionaries of synonyms, antonyms and homonyms and subject-specific dictionaries
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Reading comprehension

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The construction of TV news

Have you ever thought about how a news clip is put together? It's a process of carefully combining a range of audio and visual conventions to present information in a way that seems unbiased. Use this ABC News clip to explore some of the features of TV news.

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Angkor: exploring vocabulary

Watch this clip about Angkor, an area in Cambodia that contains a famous and ancient temple complex, to help develop your vocabulary. The clip focuses on the effects of tourism and provides a useful context for the study of English. The report includes content-specific language.

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Sporting Volunteers

Sport is a way of life for many Australians. Often all we see are the players on the field, but have you ever thought about what is involved behind the scenes? Jarvis Holt from Kurraca, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen as he explores the whole army of people ...

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Australia's National Broadband Network

You might have heard about the NBN, or National Broadband Network. In this clip from October 2010, explore how a current affairs story is structured to explain current events and issues, such as the NBN, to its audience.

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Ramayana: an introduction to the great Indian epic

This is a resource that provides detailed information about the epic story Ramayana, with an enlargeable image and hyperlinks to further resources. Below the information there is space for readers to comment and contribute to a discussion about the story. Ramayana is a most important Hindu story from southern and south-eastern ...

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Exploring short stories - The Necklace

This short story resource features a short story by Guy de Maupassant. Students look at the structure and narrative features as they listen to the story. Language focus includes direct and indirect speech and character development through dialogue. Students compose alternative endings and write a script using the free software, ...

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The Whole business with Kiffo and the Pitbull

This web page provides chapter by chapter synopses and commentary to support a study of the YA novel 'The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull'. The resource provides various activities on test analysis, essay writing, incorporating textual evidence into an analysis, report writing, key vocabulary, quizzes, and key ...

Online

Could you be an innovator?

This is a unit of work for teachers about being an innovator or being inventive. It has three main sections: Classroom unit - including an overview, the learning objectives and curriculum areas covered; Delivery - including duration, materials required and nine worksheets; and the Procedure - explaining the sequencing of ...

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Syllabus bites: Visual literacy

A resource with information, study guides and resources on visual literacy to support the English K-10 Australian Curriculum in English. It provides a series of activities, guidelines and tasks about visual texts from a variety of sources. Contains writing scaffolds, templates and proformas for responding and composing ...

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Engage to achieve: using mobile technologies to enthuse reluctant readers

This teacher resource describes how a cluster of four primary schools in Launceston, Tasmania, worked together to explore the potential of mobile technologies to engage reluctant and low-achieving readers in year 6. The program they developed exposed students to a range of multimodal texts, developed their understanding ...

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English as an Additional Language: Science Language Literacy Pilot Project

This teacher resource describes a pilot project in which selected Victorian science teachers learnt functional and systemic pedagogical strategies to support English as an Additional Language (EAL) students to understand and use science literacy genres. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; ...

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Literacy and numeracy improvement: a whole-school approach

This teacher resource describes how 74 public schools in metropolitan, regional and rural Western Australia used three major components of the school improvement cycle to achieve significant improvement in the literacy and numeracy learning outcomes of their students. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary, ...

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Making a difference in reading skills: K-2 students in inner-New York City schools

This teacher resource describes a 2008-09 research project into the effectiveness of the AWARD reading strategy carried out in four low socioeconomic schools in inner-New York City. It involved 1042 students, 514 students in the control group and 528 students in the experimental group, in 42 F-2 classes. The resource is ...

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Secondary English: collaboration

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'collaboration' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers provide students with opportunities ...

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Enhancing reading comprehension for Koori students: a cultural focus

This teacher resource is about a project to improve reading outcomes for Aboriginal students in years 2 to 7 in the Gippsland and Mildura areas of Victoria. The Expanded Central Gippsland Koori Literacy Project (ECGKLP) involved 123 Koori students from 19 primary schools and one secondary school. It focused on helping teachers ...

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Lights, camera, action: camera

Explore how cameras are used to tell a story in films. Learn words used to describe camera shots, movements and angles. See how combinations of camera shots can hide or reveal things, set a mood and influence audience feelings. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, filming from ...

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Riddle of the black panther: the search

Track down a black panther reported to be prowling around a town. Interview witnesses and gather information from sources such as a website, advertisement and newspaper article. Notice that some of the statements may be wrong and the opinions may be biased. Choose the evidence most likely to be accurate. Rate reliability ...

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Rainforest: use compass points

Use compass points and a scale to find places on a map. Understand abbreviations such as N, W, SW and E. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Dragon's jumble: dream: four parts

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'to begin with', 'after that' and 'last of all' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the ...

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Read between the lines: neighbourhood

Read signs around a neighbourhood to gather information that will help you answer a question about pets. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine the opinions, feelings and ideas about pets in the neighbourhood. Record your opinion of what each sign means. Review the information ...