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Year 8: Waste not want not: How are our lifestyles shaping and changing the planet?

Australian Curriculum summary table

Students will be provided opportunities through the activities to engage with aspects of the following content descriptions, through their elaboration in this unit of work for Year 8.

Australian Curriculum: English

Strand and sub-strand Content descriptions Elaborations in sequence content

Text structure and organisation

Analyse how the text structures and language features of persuasive texts, including media texts, vary according to the medium and mode of communication. ACELA1543 Sequence 1: Analysing use of satire in a political cartoon.
Sequence 5: Looking at the language of persuasion.
Sequence 10: Comparing feature article writing with formal essay writing.
  Understand how cohesion in texts is improved by strengthening the internal structure of paragraphs through the use of examples, quotations and substantiation of claims.
Sequence 10: Paragraphing, referencing and lead-ins.
Expressing and developing ideas Investigate how visual and multimodal texts allude to or draw on other texts or images to enhance and layer meaning. ACELA1548 Sequence 1: Viewing and analysing interactive artworks.
Sequence 3
: Reading novel covers.
  Recognise that vocabulary choices contribute to the specificity, abstraction and style of texts. ACELA1547 Sequence 1: Defining terms/etymology of words.
Sequence 6: Introduction to new vocabulary/glossary.
Literature and context
Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups. ACELT1626 Sequence 3: Analysing ideas and viewpoints represented in texts.
Responding to literature Share, reflect on, clarify and evaluate opinions and arguments about aspects of literary texts. ACELT1627 Sequence 2: Opinionnaire activity and inquiry group discussion.
Sequence 3
: Analysing setting in fictional stories. 
  Understand and explain how combinations of words and images in texts are used to represent particular groups in society, and how texts position readers in relation to those groups. ACELT1628 Sequence 3: Looking at the representation of dumpsite boys in Trash and studying setting in fictional texts. 
Sequence 6: Looking at the representation of freegans in It’s yr Life.
  Recognise and explain differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and concerns represented in texts. ACELT1807 Sequence 2: Opinionnaire extension activity. 
Sequence 3: Looking at the representation of dumpsite boys in Trash and studying setting in fictional texts.
Sequence 6: Looking at the representation of freegans in It’s yr Life.
Sequence 8: Jigsaw reading activity. Exploring e-waste.
Examining literature Identify and evaluate devices that create tone; for example, humour, wordplay, innuendo and parody in poetry, humorous prose, drama or visual texts. ACELT1630

Sequence 1: Analysing use of satire in a political cartoon. 


Texts in context

Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication. ACELY1729 Sequence 1: Defining terms/etymology of words activity.

Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text. ACELY1732 Sequence 2: Creating an annotated bibliography.
Sequence 7: Deconstructing a feature article.
Sequence 11: Including accurate referencing in a feature article. 
  Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts. ACELY1733  Sequence 7: Deconstructing a feature article.
Sequence 11: Evaluating catchy headlines. 
  Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view. ACELY1734 Sequence 2: Creating an annotated bibliography.
  Explore and explain the ways authors combine different modes and media in creating texts, and the impact of these choices on the viewer/listener. ACELY1735 Sequence 1: Viewing and analysing interactive artworks. 
Sequence 2
: Viewing short documentary Waste Not.
Sequence 4: Viewing Waste Land documentary and writing a review.
Creating texts Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate. ACELY1736 Sequence 4: Viewing Waste Land documentary and writing a review.
Sequence 11: Writing a feature article.
  Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively. ACELY1738

Sequence 11: Using publishing software to publish feature articles. 

  Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts. ACELY1810 Sequence 10:  Planning and writing feature articles.
Sequence 12: Peer editing and appraisal.
Interacting with others Use interaction skills for identified purposes, usingvoice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects. ACELY1808 Sequence 2: Writing an opinionaire and small group discussion.

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