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The General Capabilities evident throughout this unit include: LiteracyPersonal and Social CapabilityEthical Understanding, Critical and Creative thinking.

This unit addresses the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability.

Content descriptions below link to the Australian Curriculum: English Year 6 and the NSW BOSTES Stage 3 English Syllabus.


Language for interaction

Understand that strategies for interaction become more complex and demanding as levels of formality and social distance increase (ACELA1516) (EN3-3A)

Understand the uses of objective and subjective language and bias (ACELA1517) (EN3-8D)

Text structure and organisation Understand how authors often innovate on text structures and play with language features to achieve particular aesthetic, humorous and persuasive purposes and effects (ACELA1518) (EN3-5B)
Expressing and developing ideas Investigate how vocabulary choices, including evaluative language can express shades of meaning, feeling and opinion (ACELA1525) (EN3-8D)


Literature and context

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) (EN3-8D)

Identify and explain how choices in language, for example modality, emphasis, repetition and metaphor, influence personal response to different texts (ACELT1615) (EN3-5B)

Examining literature 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) (EN3-2A)
Creating literature Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways (ACELT1618) (EN3-2A)


Texts in context 

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

Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709) (EN3-1A)

Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816) (EN3-2A)

Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713) (EN3-7C)

Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers (ACELY1801) (EN3-3A)

Creating texts Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts (ACELY1717) (EN3-6B)