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General Capabilities evident across the unit include Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capacity, and Ethical understanding.

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

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

(Content Descriptions from the Australian Curriculum: History for Years 5 and 6 would be integrated with the unit. Parts of the unit could be adapted to other year levels by selecting appropriate Outcomes and Content Descriptions (or Objectives in the NSW Syllabus) and adjusting the tasks accordingly.)

Expressing and developing ideas

Understand how ideas can be expanded and sharpened through careful choice of verbs, elaborated tenses and a range of adverb groups/phrases (ACELA1523) (EN3-6B)

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 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 using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612) (EN3-7C)

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

Texts in context

Show how ideas and points of view in texts are conveyed through the use of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, objective and subjective language, and that these can change according to context (ACELY1698) (EN3-6B)

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

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)

Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703) (EN3-3A)

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)

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