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Learning objects Search for the gorilla: assessment

TLF ID L8470

Test how well you can gather and assess information as you track down a gorilla recently sighted near the town of Jetsam. Interview witnesses and read information from sources such as a website, advertisement and newspaper article. Notice that some of the statements may be wrong and the opinions may be biased. Choose the evidence most likely to be accurate. Rate reliability by using the SAFE test (Source, Attitude, Facts and Emotions). Identify when, where and how to find the gorilla.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify features of language that signal fact and opinion, expression of emotion, and objectivity and subjectivity in texts.
  • Students identify the evaluative stances of a range of texts.
  • Students distinguish between positive and negative evaluations of people and events.
Educational value
  • Illustrates how to assess the reliability of texts by using the SAFE test (Source, Attitude, Facts and Emotions).
  • Defines terms used in production of current affairs programs and metalanguage of verbal and visual grammar.
  • Tests understanding of features of language that affect the reliability of texts.
  • Provides a range of text types for students to assess reliability.
  • Includes a printable report of the student's performance.
  • Provides a mechanism for the teacher to comment on the student's learning progress.
Year level

8; 9

Learning area
  • english
  • English/Language
  • English/Literacy
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Comprehension Activity;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Sandra Bernhardt
    • Address: Marrickville NSW 2204 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Sandra Bernhardt
    • Address: Marrickville NSW 2204 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Warwick Mears
    • Address: Melbourne VIC Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Lynne Darkin
    • Address: Melbourne VIC Australia
    • Educational validator
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.