English / Year 3 / Language / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that languages have different written and visual communication systems, different oral traditions and different ways of constructing meaning (ACELA1475)

Elaborations
  • learning that a word or sign can carry different weight in different cultural contexts, for example that particular respect is due to some people and creatures and that stories can be passed on to teach us how to live appropriately
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Word meanings,  Language conventions

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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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Whose Country: exploring First Nations peoples languages map (7-13yrs)

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Tony Wilson's advice for new writers

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Cleaning verbs

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Story development and plot holes with Andy Griffiths

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Feathers, Fur and Fins: A song about emus

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ABC Open: Using descriptive language to evoke mood and feeling

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Painting pictures with words

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Storyline Online: To be a drum by Eveline Coleman

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Super stories: The Abandoned House: verbs and adverbs

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