A Fortunate Life

General Capabilities evident across the unit include Literacy, Information and communication technology capability, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, and Intercultural understanding.

The content in this unit of work links to the Australian Curriculum: Year 8 (English). The Year 8 Achievement Standard is the basis for the rubric designed for the Receptive assessment task: Comparative Text Analysis, and the Productive Assessment Task.

Expressing and developing ideas

Investigate how visual and multimodal texts allude to or draw on other texts or images to enhance and layer meaning (ACELA1548) (EN4-6C)

Recognise that vocabulary choices contribute to the specificity, abstraction and style of texts (ACELA1547) (EN4-1A)

Text structure and organisation

Analyse how the text structures and language features of persuasive texts, including media texts, vary according to the medium and mode of communication (ACELA1543) (EN4-1A)

Understand how cohesion in texts is improved by strengthening the internal structure of paragraphs through the use of examples, quotations and substantiation of claims (ACELA1766) (EN4-3B)

Understand how coherence is created in complex texts through devices like lexical cohesion, ellipsis, grammatical theme and text connectives (ACELA1809) (EN4-3B)

Understand the use of punctuation conventions, including colons, semicolons, dashes and brackets in formal and informal texts (ACELA1544) (EN4-3B)

Examining literature
Interpret and analyse language choices, including sentence patterns, dialogue, imagery and other language features, in short stories, literary essays and plays (ACELT1767) (EN4-3B)
Literature and context

Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups (ACELT1626) (EN4-8D)

Explore the interconnectedness of Country and Place, People, Identity and Culture in texts including those by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors (ACELT1806) (EN4-8D)

Creating literature

Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects (ACELT1632) (EN4-4B)

Experiment with particular language features drawn from different types of texts, including combinations of language and visual choices to create new texts (ACELT1768) (EN4-4B)

Responding to literature

Understand and explain how combinations of words and images in texts are used to represent particular groups in society, and how texts position readers in relation to those groups (ACELT1628) (EN4-8D)

Recognise and explain differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and concerns represented in texts (ACELT1807) (EN4-8D)

Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text (ACELY1732) (EN4-3B)

Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733) (EN4-1A)

Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734) (EN4-2A)

Interacting with others Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731) (EN4-4B)
Texts in context Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication (ACELY1729) (EN4-2A)
Creating texts

Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736) (EN4-4B)

Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts (ACELY1810) (EN4-4B)

Edit for meaning by removing repetition, refining ideas, reordering sentences and adding or substituting words for impact (ACELY1726) (EN4-2A)

Source for content descriptions above: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).