English / Year 2 / Literacy / Creating texts

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Curriculum content descriptions

Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1671)

Elaborations
  • learning how to plan spoken and written communications so that listeners and readers might follow the sequence of ideas or events
  • sequencing content according to text structure
  • using appropriate simple and compound sentence to express and combine ideas
  • using vocabulary, including technical vocabulary, appropriate to text type and purpose
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Creating texts

Teacher resource

Playing with texts

This teaching resource contains a variety of interactive activities that will engage your early years students with narrative and informative texts. Use its selection of enjoyable game-based learning experiences to explore text types, characters, settings, narrative sequencing, story mapping and strategies for adding meaning ...

Interactive Resource

Story Monster

Story Monster is a fun online literacy game that uses the moving image to promote student learning. In the game, students design a hungry monster who loves to gobble up words. But the monster will need help with what to eat - he can only be fed well-structured sentences. When a complete sentence has been eaten, the monster ...

Teacher resource

Who are the families of the world?

This is a unit of work about the diversity of families around the world. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled We are family; Who are the people in my family?; Families that work together; Let's remember the good times; ...

Teacher resource

Story building

This is a resource about how stories can be represented dramatically, using the imagination as a starting point. It features a video of Vikki Doig and a 'postman' who demonstrate the process of dramatising a story using your imagination. The resource includes templates for a pirate hat and a postcard; questions for response ...

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Andy Griffiths' tips for starting your story

Get some tips from Andy Griffiths on what to think about when you start to write a story. What does he say about plot? Why not take Andy's advice and start a story by thinking about something that has happened to you and then exaggerate it somehow. Concentrate on writing a short, dramatic moment by using lots of detail ...

Teacher resource

Investigating eggs in stories and science

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 2 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. Students will use everyday language and topic-specific vocabulary ...

Teacher resource

Viewing map of development

This is a comprehensive description of six phases in student development of the viewing mode - beginning, early, exploratory, consolidating, proficient and advanced. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and intended to help teachers map students’ progress in viewing, the resource emphasises ...

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Writing a personal narrative (for kids)

This is a series of eight short videos for students on how to write a personal narrative. The series covers brainstorming; planning and pre-writing; writing an introduction or opening; writing a draft; writing a closing or conclusion; revising my writing; editing my writing and publishing my writing.

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: Pancakes can make a difference

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the mathematics, English and science curriculums around a student fundraising event. The resource is intended for the early years. It consists of 15 student activities supported by teacher notes on the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of the unit. Student activities include ...

Teacher resource

Horton Hears a Who

This resource for primary school children examines the Dr Seuss picture book classic and the film based on the book. It examines the theme of sustainability. It contains questions and activities on the book and the film, as well as a teacher guide.

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Andy Griffiths' tips for writing funny stories

Watch this video and learn how to write funny stories with tips from Andy Griffiths! What does he say is a good starting point? Why don't you try writing a story about a time something embarrassing happened to you? What does Andy say is the key to getting readers to enjoy your story and have a laugh?

Teacher resource

TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 English

This unit of work focuses on developing student understanding of the importance of being track safe and the key message 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think'. It builds students' familiarity with the vocabulary and key concepts related to rail safety and provides differentiated activities for writers at different stages of development ...

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Young authors' creative writing advice

When you write, is there a particular piece of writing advice you keep in the back of your mind - something that helps you to write a better story? Watch these two students talk about the advice given to them that helps them to write better stories.

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A song about koalas

Some people mistakenly call a koala a bear, but it's not. Listen to this fun song by Don Spencer to find out how a koala might feel about being called a bear.

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A song about flying foxes

Have you seen a flying fox which is a type of fruit bat? Don Spencer uses descriptive words and phrases in his flying fox song to help us understand these animals and explore a day in their life.

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A song about platypus

Watch as a platypus emerges from its burrow on the bank of a billabong (small lake). As you watch, listen to Don Spencer's song as he describes seeing a platypus and explores its unusual looks.

Interactive Resource

Word Mover - iTunes app

Explore language by moving tiles to create words, phrases, and poems in this sandbox style app. Choose a background then add words from word banks and existing famous works or type in your own. Print, email or save your finished work to the camera roll. Free when reviewed 6/6/15.

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A song about black swans

Discover a graceful Australian bird, the black swan. Watch the images (pictures) and listen to the lyrics (words) of the song by Don Spencer as he sings about the black swan.

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What is the biggest lesson Andy Griffiths has learnt?

Listen as Andy Griffiths reveals the biggest lesson he's learnt as a writer. What did he once think he needed to do to be successful? And what did he discover? Why does Andy believe that being yourself when you write is the most important thing?

Teacher resource

Improving student writing outcomes through teacher induction

This teacher resource describes the induction program for new and beginning teachers at North Lake State College in Queensland and how it supports the college's literacy initiative, particularly in the early and primary years. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Lessons learned; Next ...

Interactive resource

Make it happen: plan a school play

Create a poster for a school play. Include a picture and important details such as ticket prices, location and phone number. Choose items to buy for the school play. Use a map to select shops where you can buy the items you need. Complete a photo album of the school play by selecting captions to match the photos. This learning ...

Interactive resource

My design: talking car: choose text

Design a talking car to present at show and tell. Create your car by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your car. Decide on a name that suits your talking car. Select a note about your car. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times ...

Teacher resource

Storytelling traditions - unit of work

In this unit of work, students learn about storytelling traditions and how they may be used to pass on important cultural knowledge, such as Dreaming. They listen to, read and view traditional stories now told using writing, illustrations and digital forms. They respond to the stories by creating oral, written and visual ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

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 ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

My design: talking dinosaur: create own text

Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Add a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. You can change ...

Teacher resource

Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

Interactive resource

Dragon's jumble: garden: four parts

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. 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 'first of all', 'before long' and 'lastly' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Make it happen: find Honey

Honey is missing. Create a notice to let people know your dog is lost. Include a statement, photo and important details such as contact address and phone number. Select places to put up the notice. Consider the replies to your notice when deciding where to look for Honey. Look for Honey at the locations on the map. Check ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

My design: talking car: create own text

Design a talking car to present at show and tell. Create your car by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your car. Decide on a name that suits your talking car. Add a note about your car. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times ...

Interactive Resource

Languages online: sentence game maker

This respurce is a tool students can use to make an interactive sentence game. The game involves sentences that have one or more words missing and a number of possible 'answer' words. The player must select the correct answer words to complete the sentences by either dragging and dropping or ‘shooting' the words in the ...