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English / Year 10 / Literacy / Texts in context

Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749)

Elaborations
  • considering ethical positions across more than one culture as represented in text and consider the similarities and differences
  • questioning the representation of stereotypes of people, cultures, places, events and concepts, and expressing views on the appropriateness of these representations
  • identifying and explaining satirical events, including events in other cultures, for example depictions in political cartoons
  • identifying and evaluating poetic, lyrical language in the depiction of people, culture, places, events, things and concepts in texts
  • analysing the ways socio-cultural values, attitudes and beliefs are presented in texts by comparing the ways news is reported in commercial media and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Text purpose,  Reading comprehension

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This Day Tonight: Understanding satire: the 'ocker' Australian

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Heywire: Crocodiles, jellyfish and self-expression

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