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Show and tell: here, boy!

Watch a short cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make the story clearer and funnier. ...

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Show and tell: that cat

Watch a short cartoon about a cat chasing a bird. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make ...

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Show and tell: here, boy: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives ...

Assessment resource

Show and tell: that cat: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about a cat chasing a dog. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives ...

Assessment resource

Show and tell: close encounter: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about an encounter with a lion. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? ...

Assessment resource

Show and tell: eerie encounter: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about an encounter with a creature from outer space. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or ...

Teacher resource

Creative writing with 'Dream machine' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea provides information about and links to the TLF learning object 'Dream machine'. Chris McLennan describes how 'Dream machine' helped her students improve their descriptive writing by exploring the meaning and use of similes:

Collection

Create interesting writing

This collection of 16 digital curriculum resources provides activities and ideas to develop students' writing skills. It includes focused interactive activities to improve students' writing and to help them to engage audience interest through the use of effective adjectives, adverbs, verbs, metaphors, similes and plot structures. ...

Teacher resource

Poets paint words - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concept of ekphrasis - a text-based response to a visual work of art - by reading and writing poems about particular Australian artworks.

Video

Colour Bars, 1997: Life's expectations

This clip shows city shots of Sydney by night, accompanied by pumping techno music. A series of re-enacted shots of the theft of a car wheel at night are shown, intercut with shots of a young man looking directly at the camera. In a voice-over, the young man describes his daily existence - a cycle of unemployment and petty ...

Image

'Leave us alone' by Mel Stringer

'Leave us alone' is a greyscale pen-and-ink illustration by Mel Stringer in which two lovers clutch each other while dealing with the distractions of the outside world. A skinny multi-armed man embraces a serene chunky-legged woman. The man's many arms are engaged in activities such as frantically painting and writing as ...

Image

'Up there' by Becc Orszag

'Up there' by Becc Orszag is a black-and-white drawing depicting five figures in a darkened room, possibly a basement, each on a step-ladder and each at a different stage of climbing up to and through a light-flooded portal above each ladder. The artist has used cross-hatching patterns to show the empty darkness that surrounds ...

Teacher resource

Indigenous peoples: people, place, language and song

This is an interactive resource about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures. Learning activities explore how place, language and song relate to Indigenous Australian peoples. The resource is a unit of work using multimodal texts including music video clips, picture storybooks, songs ...

Interactive Resource

Creating Avatars

The resource provides advice and help for students to create avatars as visual representation for a variety of publications. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

Moving Image

How to write fiction that comes alive

This short video for students shares some vividly illustrated tips on how to use language to make your fiction really come alive using metaphors, sensory imagery, onomatopoeia and avoiding cliches.