Mrs White and the Red Desert

General capabilities evident throughout the unit include Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, and Intercultural understanding.

This unit addresses the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Content descriptions below link to Australian Curriculum: Year 2 (English)


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)

Language for interaction

Identify language that can be used for appreciating texts and the qualities of people and things. (ACELA1462) (EN1-7B)
Text structure and organisation Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose. (ACELA1463) (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)

Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purpose. (ACELA1470) (EN1-9B)


Responding to literature

Compare opinions about characters, events and settings in and between texts. (ACELT1589) (EN1-4A)
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) (EN1-4A)
Interacting with others Rehearse and deliver short presentations on familiar and new topics. (ACELY1667) (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) (EN1-4A)
Creating texts

Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose. (ACELY1671) (EN1-2A)

Construct texts featuring print, visual and audio elements using software, including word processing programs. (ACELY1674) (EN1-10C)