Mad Magpie

The content in this unit links to the Australian Curriculum: Foundation content descriptors and the NSW BOSTES Early Stage 2 English Outcomes.

General Capabilities evident across the unit include LiteracyCritical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, and Intercultural understanding.

The cross-curriculum priority highlighted in this unit is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture.


Language variation and change

Understand that spoken, visual and written forms of language are different modes of communication with different features and their use varies according to the audience, purpose, context and cultural background (ACELA1460) (EN1-6B) (EN1-7B)
Expressing and developing ideas

Understand that nouns represent people, places, concrete objects and abstract concepts; that there are three types of nouns: common, proper and pronouns; and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectives (ACELA1468) (EN1-4A)

Identify visual representations of characters’ actions, reactions, speech and thought processes in narratives, and consider how these images add to or contradict or multiply the meaning of accompanying words (ACELA1469) (EN1-4A)


Literature and context

Discuss how depictions of characters in print, sound and images reflect the contexts in which they were created (ACELT1587) (EN1-11D)
Responding to literature Compare opinions about characters, events and settings in and between texts (ACELT1589) (EN1-11D)
Examining literature Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways (ACELT1591) (EN1-7B)
Creating literature

Create events and characters using different media that develop key events and characters from literary texts (ACELT1593) (EN1-10C)

Innovate on familiar texts by experimenting with character, setting or plot (ACELT1833) (EN1-10C)


Texts in context

Discuss different texts on a similar topic, identifying similarities and differences between the texts (ACELY1665) (EN1-11D)
Interacting with others Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666) (EN1-1A)
Interpreting, analysing, evaluating Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures (ACELY1670) (EN-4A)