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General Capabilities evident across the unit include Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, and Intercultural understanding.

The cross-curriculum priority highlighted in this unit is Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia.

Content descriptions below link to Australian Curriculum: Year 5 (English) and Year 6 (English).

Language for interaction

Understand how to move beyond making bare assertions and take account of differing perspectives and points of view (ACELA1502) (EN3-8D)

Understand that strategies for interaction become more complex and demanding as levels of formality and social distance increase (ACELA1516) (EN3-1A)

Text structure and organisation

Understand how texts vary in purpose, structure and topic as well as the degree of formality (ACELA1504) (EN3-3A)

Understand that the starting point of a sentence gives prominence to the message in the text and allows for prediction of how the text will unfold (ACELA1505) (EN3-3A)

Understand how authors often innovate on text structures and play with language features to achieve particular aesthetic, humorous and persuasive purposes and effects (ACELA1518) (EN3-7C)

Expressing and developing ideas

Understand how noun groups/phrases and adjective groups/phrases can be expanded in a variety of ways to provide a fuller description of the person, place, thing or idea (ACELA1508) (EN3-3A)

Understand how ideas can be expanded and sharpened through careful choice of verbs, elaborated tenses and a range of adverb groups/phrases (ACELA1523) (EN3-3A)

Investigate how vocabulary choices, including evaluative language can express shades of meaning, feeling and opinion (ACELA1525) (EN3-6B)

Literature and context

Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contexts (ACELT1608) (EN3-8D)

Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1613) (EN3-8D)

Responding to literature

Use metalanguage to describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features on particular audiences (ACELT1795) (EN3-1A)

Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plots (ACELT1614) (EN3-7C)

Examining literature

Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responses (ACELT1610) (EN3-8D)

Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author’s individual style (ACELT1616) (EN3-7C) 

Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verse (ACELT1617) (EN3-7C)

Creating literature

Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic featues of selected authors (ACELT1798) (EN3-2A)

Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways (ACELT1618) (EN3-7C)

Texts in context
Compare texts including media texts that represent ideas and events in different ways, explaining the effects of the different approaches (ACELY1708) (EN3-3A)
Interacting with others

Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of view (ACELY1699) (EN3-8D)

Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796) (EN3-1A)

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700) (EN3-1A)

Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709) (EN3-1A)

Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816) (EN3-1A)

Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1701) (EN3-5B)

Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text (ACELY1711) (EN3-3A)

Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers (ACELY1801) (EN3-5B)

Creating texts Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704) (EN3-2A)

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