the silver donkey

General Capabilities evident across the unit include Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, and Intercultural understanding.

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

(Content descriptions from the Australian Curriculum: History for Year 6 could be integrated with the unit as part of a wider study on the development of Australia as a country in the 20th century.)

Text structure and organisation

Understand how texts vary in purpose, structure and topic as well as the degree of formality (ACELA1504) (EN3-3A)

Understand how authors often innovate on text structures and play with language features to achieve particular aesthetic, humorous and persuasive purposes and effects (ACELA1518) (EN3-7C)

Expressing and developing ideas

Understand how noun groups/phrases and adjective groups/phrases can be expanded in a variety of ways to provide a fuller description of the person, place, thing or idea (ACELA1508) (EN3-6B)

Explain sequences of images in print texts and compare these to the ways hyperlinked digital texts are organised, explaining their effect on viewers’ interpretations (ACELA1511) (EN3-3A)

Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contexts (ACELA1512) (EN3-6B)

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

Identify and explain how analytical images like figures, tables, diagrams, maps and graphs contribute to our understanding of verbal information in factual and persuasive texts (ACELA1524) (EN3-3A)

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

Present a point of view about particular literary texts using appropriate metalanguage, and reflecting on the viewpoints of others (ACELT1609) (EN3-2A)

Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plots (ACELT1614) (EN3-7C)

Identify and explain how choices in language, for example modality, emphasis, repetition and metaphor, influence personal response to different texts (ACELT1615) (EN3-6B) 

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)

Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odes (ACELT1611) (EN3-3A)

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) 

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)

Navigate and read texts for specific purposes applying appropriate text processing strategies, for example predicting and confirming, monitoring meaning, skimming and scanning (ACELY1702) (EN3-3A) 

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

Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadings (ACELY1712) (EN3-3A)

Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713) (EN3-3A)

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