The Messenger

General Capabilities evident throughout this unit include: LiteracyInformation and Communication Technology (ICT) CapabilityCritical and Creative ThinkingPersonal and Social Capability and Ethical Understanding.

The content in this unit of work links to the Australian Curriculum: English (Year 10).


Language for interaction

Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564) (EN5-5C)

Understand that people’s evaluations of texts are influenced by their value systems, the context and the purpose and mode of communication (ACELA1565) (EN5-7D)

Text structure and organisation

Understand how paragraphs and images can be arranged for different purposes, audiences, perspectives and stylistic effects (ACELA1567) (EN5-3B)

Understand conventions for citing others, and how to reference these in different ways (ACELA1568) (EN5-2A)

Expressing and developing ideas

Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571) (EN5-3B)

Evaluate the impact on audiences of different choices in the representation of still and moving images (ACELA1572) (EN5-1A)


Literature and context

Compare and evaluate a range of representations of individuals and groups in different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1639) (EN5-8D)
Responding to literature

Reflect on, extend, endorse or refute others’ interpretations of and responses to literature (ACELT1640) (EN5-5C)

Analyse and explain how text structures, language features and visual features of texts and the context in which texts are experienced may influence audience response (ACELT1641) (EN5-3B)

Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (ACELT1812) (EN5-7D)

Examining literature

Identify, explain and discuss how narrative viewpoint, structure, characterisation and devices including analogy and satire shape different interpretations and responses to a text (ACELT1642) (EN5-2A)

Compare and evaluate how ‘voice’ as a literary device can be used in a range of different types of texts such as poetry to evoke particular emotional responses (ACELT1643) (EN5-3B)

Analyse and evaluate text structures and language features of literary texts and make relevant thematic and intertextual connections with other texts (ACELT1774) (EN5-6C)

Creating literature

Create literary texts that reflect an emerging sense of personal style and evaluate the effectiveness of these texts (ACELT1814) (EN5-5C)

Create literary texts with a sustained ‘voice’, selecting and adapting appropriate text structures, literary devices, language, auditory and visual structures and features for a specific purpose and intended audience (ACELT1815) (EN5-3B)

Create imaginative texts that make relevant thematic and intertextual connections with other texts (ACELT1644) (EN5-6C)


Texts in context

Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749) (EN5-8D)
Interacting with others

Identify and explore the purposes and effects of different text structures and language features of spoken texts, and use this knowledge to create purposeful texts that inform, persuade and engage (ACELY1750) (EN5-1A)

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751) (EN5-2A)

Interpreting, analysing, evaluating Use comprehension strategies to compare and contrast information within and between texts, identifying and analysing embedded perspectives, and evaluating supporting evidence (ACELY1754) (EN5-2A)
Creating texts

Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756) (EN5-1A)

Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757) (EN5-1A)

Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user (ACELY1776) (EN5-2A)