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English / Year 8 / Literacy / Creating texts

Curriculum content descriptions

Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Elaborations
  • integrating multimodal approaches within a spoken presentation to purposefully develop meaning for a given audience
  • selecting vocabulary to influence meaning and to position and persuade the audience, for example adjusting language to show or acknowledge power
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Imaginative texts,  Expositions (Factual texts),  Report writing

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What is the biggest lesson Andy Griffiths has learnt?

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Rebecca Lim and her writing process

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Heywire: Living in the outback, coping with boarding school

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Work sample Year 8 English: Creative responses to a poem

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Heywire: Hip hop against waste dump

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