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Young people making a difference

Have you ever considered what it must be like to be homeless? Often it is not until we are confronted with a personal experience that we realise the significance of such social issues. Luke Owens from Bendigo Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to how he found out ...

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My day: Li: level 1

Help Li by selecting the best texts for different parts of his day. Choose the correct text in a range of activities such as helping Li make up his mind about which bus to take to school, and what to choose for a healthy lunch from the menu. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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My day: Jeneka: level 1

Help Jeneka by selecting the best texts for different parts of her day. Choose the correct text in a range of activities such as helping Jeneka choose a healthy breakfast and complete a writing task. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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Sea rescue: plotting the course

Help a rescue crew to reach a sinking boat. Make a chart to guide the crew. Check the meaning of symbols, place them on a map and complete a key. Mark danger spots such as an oyster bed and submerged rock. Use the map to steer a safe course.

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Ready to race: wheels, jets, tyres and gears

Go to a race track and collect information from different kinds of visual texts to make your kart the fastest on the track. First, add important kart parts and choose the style of kart you want. Then collect information about the time and place of your race. Next, go to the garage to set up your kart before doing a starting ...

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Basketball clinic

Help a basketball team to practise shooting, passing and dribbling skills. Look at diagrams in a coaching manual. Use a model structure and sample phrases to build a set of instructions. Choose words that clearly describe actions and arrange them in sequence. For example, identify the first step in shooting as 'Face the ...

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Read between the lines: neighbourhood: assessment

Assess your understanding of signs around a neighbourhood so that you can answer a question about pets. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine the opinions, feelings and ideas about pets in the neighbourhood. Record your opinion of what each sign means. Review the information ...

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Read between the lines: shopping centre: assessment

Assess your understanding of signs around a shopping centre so that you can answer a question about how friendly it is towards children. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine the opinions, feelings and ideas about children in the shopping centre. Record your opinion of what ...

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Read between the lines: park: assessment

Assess your understanding of signs in a park so that you can answer a question about whether it is healthy for children. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine the opinions, feelings and ideas about how healthy the park is for children. Record your opinion of what each sign ...

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Digital story: Where’s Gladys: assessment

Test your understanding of audience requirements by turning a print narrative story, designed for 3- to 4-year-old children, into a digital book with illustrations and voice narration. Read a survey to find out what different age groups like to read and what kind of illustrations they enjoy. Select illustrations to suit ...

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Digital story: A Kennel for Sophie: assessment

Test your understanding of audience requirements by turning a print narrative story, designed for 3- to 4-year-old children, into a digital book with illustrations and voice narration. Read a survey to find out what different age groups like to read and what kind of illustrations they enjoy. Select illustrations to suit ...

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Digital story: Jet's Adventure: assessment

Test your understanding of audience requirements by turning a print narrative story, designed for 3- to 4-year-old children, into a digital book with illustrations and voice narration. Read a survey to find out what different age groups like to read and what kind of illustrations they enjoy. Select illustrations to suit ...

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Creating a picture book with an environmental theme - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help students create a well-written story with an environmental theme and then to self-publish it as a picture book. It focuses on: the symbiosis and synergy between creatures and their habitat; the research required to write a story that has a strong basis in fact; the elements of a picture ...

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Bedtime stories - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea students create picture storybooks integrating digital and non-digital resources. Engaging student-centred classroom activities supports students as they apply their learning to developing and publishing their ‘bedtime stories’.

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Frog tales - unit of work

Students investigate frogs by examining a collection of fiction and non-fiction resources and creating a class anthology of frog stories.

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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 ...

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Starting an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work explores elements of narrative in the context of a particular type of narrative, the adventure story. The unit is designed to help students understand the purpose of adventure stories, the narrative structure onto which the writer builds events, characters and setting, and how writers engage readers. Students ...

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.

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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.