English / Year 8 / Literacy / Creating texts

Curriculum content descriptions

Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)

Elaborations
  • experimenting with text structures and language features, for example paragraph order and content, language choices or mode of delivery, to refine and clarify ideas and to improve text effectiveness
  • combining verbal, visual and sound elements in imaginative multimodal texts
  • ordering paragraphs to best support and sustain an argument and to organise and convey information clearly
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Creating texts,  Word processing,  Editing

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Syllabus bites: types of sentences

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