Mahtab’s Story

General capabilities evident throughout the unit are Critical and Creative ThinkingEthical UnderstandingInformation and Communication Technology (ICT) CapabilityLiteracy and Personal and Social Capability.

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

The content in this unit of work links to the Australian Curriculum: English Year 7.

Literary texts that support and extend students in Years 7 and 8 as independent readers are drawn from a range of realistic, fantasy, speculative fiction and historical genres and involve some challenging and unpredictable plot sequences and a range of non-stereotypical characters. These texts explore themes of interpersonal relationships and ethical dilemmas within real-world and fictional settings and represent a variety of perspectives.

Text structure and organisation
Understand and explain how the text structures and language features of texts become more complex in informative and persuasive texts and identify underlying structures such as taxonomies, cause and effect, and extended metaphors (ACELA1531) (EN4-1A)
Expressing and developing ideas Analyse how point of view is generated in visual texts by means of choices, for example gaze, angle and social distance (ACELA1764) (EN4-4B)


Literature and context

Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1619) (EN4-8D)
Responding to literature

Reflect on ideas and opinions about characters, settings and events in literary texts, identifying areas of agreement and difference with others and justifying a point of view (ACELT1620) (EN4-2A)

Compare the ways that language and images are used to create character, and to influence emotions and opinions in different types of texts (ACELT1621) (EN4-1A)

Examining literature

Recognise and analyse the ways that characterisation, events and settings are combined in narratives, and discuss the purposes and appeal of different approaches (ACELT1622) (EN4-1A)

Understand, interpret and discuss how language is compressed to produce a dramatic effect in film or drama, and to create layers of meaning in poetry, for example haiku, tankas, couplets, free verse and verse novels (ACELT1623) (EN4-1A)

Creating literature

Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625) (EN4-6C)

Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using rhythm, sound effects, monologue, layout, navigation and colour (ACELT1805) (EN4-4B)

In particular, see Elaboration 2: transforming familiar print narratives into short video or film narratives, drawing on knowledge of the type of text and possible adaptations necessary to a new mode.

Responding to literature Discuss aspects of texts, for example their aesthetic and social value, using relevant and appropriate metalanguage (ACELT1803) (EN4-5C)
Texts in context
Analyse and explain the effect of technological innovations on texts, particularly media texts (ACELY1765) (EN4-2A)
Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1721) (EN4-3B)

Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts (ACELY1722) (EN4-2A)

Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723) (EN4-2A)

Compare the text structures and language features of multimodal texts, explaining how they combine to influence audiences (ACELY1724) (EN4-6C)

Creating texts

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725) (EN4-4B)

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

Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728) (EN4-2A)

Interacting with others Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804) (EN4-3B)