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Year 9: Seven billion people, seven billion stories: What makes a compelling life story?

Australian Curriculum summary table

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

Australian Curriculum: English

Strand: sub-strand Content description Elaboration in this unit of work
Language
Language variation and change

Understand that Standard Australian English is a living language within which the creation and loss of words and the evolution of usage is ongoing. ACELA1550

Sequence 4 Activity 2: Facebook debate.

Sequence 6 Activities 1 & 2: Helicopter Tracks and context. 

Language for interaction

Understand that roles and relationships are developed and challenged through language and interpersonal skills. ACELA1551

Sequence 1 Activity 3: Digital life stories.

Sequence 2 Activities 1–3: Ethics, privacy and risk.

Sequence 4 Activity 3: Interviews, sensitivity, privacy.

Sequence 6 Activity 1: Helicopter Tracks.

Sequence 8 Activities 3 & 4: Draft and consult.

Sequence 10 Activity 2: Ethics.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

Investigate how evaluation can be expressed directly and indirectly using devices; for example, allusion, evocative vocabulary and metaphor. ACELA1552

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Text structure and organisation

Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects. ACELA1553

 

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 4  Activities 1 & 2: Private/public divide, Facebook.

Sequence 5 Activities 1 & 2: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 1: Helicopter Tracks.

Sequence 7 Activities 1 & 2: This (Singleton) Life/Surfer.

Sequence 11 Activity 1: View and read student life stories.

 

Compare and contrast the use of cohesive devices in texts, focusing on how they serve to signpost ideas, to make connections and to build semantic associations between ideas. ACELA1770

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 3 Activity 2: Developing a line of inquiry.

Sequence 4 Activities 1 & 2: Private/public divide, privacy.

Sequence 5 Activities 1–3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 8 Activities 1 & 2: Stereotypes and ethics; Activities 3 & 4: Draft and consult. 

Sequence 9 Activities 1–3: Image, sound and language.

 

Understand how punctuation is used along with layout and font variations in constructing texts for different audiences and purposes. ACELA1556

Sequence 4 Activity 2: Facebook debate.

Sequence 5 Activity 2: Kylie Kwong in print.

Expressing and developing ideas

Understand how certain abstract nouns can be used to summarise preceding or subsequent stretches of text. ACELA1559 

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 5 Activity 2: Kylie Kwong in print.

 

Analyse and explain the use of symbols, icons and myth in still and moving images and how these augment meaning. ACELA1560

Sequence 1 Activities 2 & 3: ‘People’  by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, digital life stories.

Sequence 5 Activities 2 & 3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 1: Helicopter Tracks.

Sequence 7 Activity 2: South American surfer.

Sequence 8: Activities 1 & 2: Stereotypes and ethics; Activities 3 & 4: Draft and consult.

Sequence 9 Activities 1–3: Image, sound and language.

Sequence 10 Activity 3: Language and media.

Sequence 11 Activity 2: Constructive feedback.

 

Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness. ACELA1561

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 2 Activity 3: The benefits and risks of disclosure.

Sequence 4 Activities 1–3: Private/public divide, Facebook.

Sequence 5 Activities 1 & 2: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity1: Helicopter Tracks.

Sequence 10 Activity 1: Details.

 

Understand how spelling is used creatively in texts for particular effects; for example, characterisation and humour and to represent accents and styles of speech. ACELA1562

Sequence 4 Activity 2: Facebook debate.

Literature
Literature and context

Interpret and compare how representations of people and culture in literary texts are drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts. ACELT1633

Sequence 2 Activities 1–3: Ethical life writing, privacy and risk.

Sequence 3 Activity 2: Developing a line of inquiry.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Sequence 5 Activity 2: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 2: Exploring the context.

Sequence 8 Activities 1 & 2: Stereotypes and ethics.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

Responding to literature

Present an argument about a literary text based on initial impressions and subsequent analysis of the whole text. ACELT1771

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 5 Activity 3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 7 Activities 1 & 2: This (Singleton) Life/Surfer.

Sequence 8 Activities 1 & 2: Stereotypes and ethics.

 

Reflect on, discuss and explore notions of literary value and how and why such notions vary according to context. ACELT1634

Sequence 1 Activity 3: Digital life stories.

Sequence 3 Activity 2: Developing a line of inquiry.

Sequence 4  Activity 1: Private/public divide.

 

Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts. ACELT1635

 

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 2 Activity 3: The benefits and risks of disclosure.

Sequence 3 Activities 1 & 3: Questions and inquiry.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Sequence 5 Activities 1–3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 1: Helicopter Tracks.

Sequence 7 Activities 1 & 2: This (Singleton) Life/Surfer.

Sequence 10 Activity 2: Ethics.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

Examining literature

Analyse texts from familiar and unfamiliar contexts, and discuss and evaluate their content and the appeal of an individual author’s literary style. ACELT1636

Sequence 1 Activity 3: Digital life stories.

Sequence 2 Activity 3: The benefits and risks of disclosure.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Sequence 5 Activities 2 & 5: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 2: Exploring the context.

 

Investigate and experiment with the use and effect of extended metaphor, metonymy, allegory, icons, myths and symbolism in texts; for example, poetry, short films, graphic novels, and plays on similar themes. ACELT1637

 

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 5 Activities 1–3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 1: Helicopter Tracks.

 

Analyse text structures and language of literary texts, and make relevant comparisons with other texts. ACELT1772

Sequence 1 Activities 2 & 3: Life stories, digital life stories.

Sequence 2 Activity 2: Permission and privacy.

Sequence 3 Activity 2: Developing a line of inquiry.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Sequence 5 Activities 2 & 3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 1: Helicopter Tracks.

Sequence 7 Activities 1 & 2: This (Singleton) Life/Surfer.

Sequence 9 Activities 1–3: Image, sound and language.

Sequence 10 Activity 3: Language and media.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

 

Create literary texts, including hybrid texts, that innovate on aspects of other texts; for example, by using parody, allusion and appropriation. ACELT1773

Sequence 10 Activity 3: Language and media.

Sequence 11 Activities 2 & 3: Feedback and consultation.

 

Experiment with the ways that language features, image and sound can be adapted in literary texts; for example, the effects of stereotypical characters and settings, the playfulness of humour and pun and the use of hyperlinks. ACELT1638

Sequence 8 Activities 3 & 4: Draft and consult.

Sequence 9 Activities 1–3: Image, sound and language.

Sequence 10 Activity 1: Details.

Sequence 11 Activity 3: Drafting and consultation.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations. 

Literacy

Texts in context

Analyse how the construction and interpretation of texts, including media texts, can be influenced by cultural perspectives and other texts. ACELY1739

Sequence 2 Activity 3: The benefits and risks of disclosure.

Sequence 4 Activities 1 & 2: Private/public divide, Facebook.

Sequence 5 Activities 1–3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 2: Exploring the context.

Sequence 8 Activities 1 & 2: Stereotypes and ethics.

Sequence 9 Activities 1–3: Image, sound and language.

Interacting with others

Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes; for example, to entertain and to persuade, and analyse how language features of these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways. ACELY1740

Sequence 1 Activity 3: Digital life stories.

Sequence 2 Activity 3: The benefits and risks of disclosure.

Sequence 3 Activities 1 & 2: What’s in a question?/Inquiry.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Sequence 5 Activity 3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activities 1 & 2: Helicopter Tracks, context. 

Sequence 10 Activities 1 & 2: Details, ethics.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

 

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes. ACELY1741

Sequence 4 Activities 2 & 3: Facebook debate, interviews, sensitivity, privacy.

Sequence 11 Activity 1: View and read student life stories.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

 

Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice, tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects. ACELY1811

Sequence 4 Activities 2 & 3: Facebook debate, privacy. 

Sequence 10 Activity 1: Details.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

 

Use organisation patterns, voice and language conventions to present a point of view on a subject, speaking clearly, coherently and with effect, using logic, imagery and rhetorical devices to engage audiences. ACELY1813

Sequence 11 Activity 1: View and read student life stories.

Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts. ACELY1742

Sequence 1 Activity 2: What is a life story?

Sequence 2 Activity 3: The benefits and risks of disclosure.

Sequence 3 Activities 1 & 2: What’s in a question? Line of inquiry.

Sequence 4 Activities 1–3: Privacy, Facebook, ethics.

Sequence 5 Activities 2 & 3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activity 1: Helicopter Tracks.

Sequence 11 Activity 2: Constructive feedback.

 

Apply an expanding vocabulary to read increasingly complex texts with fluency and comprehension. ACELY1743

Sequence 1 Activity 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Sequence 5 Activity 1: Meet Kylie Kwong.

Sequence 7 Activity 1: This (Singleton) Life.

 

Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts. ACELY1744

Sequence 1 Activities 1: ‘People’ by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Sequence 4 Activity 1: Private/public divide.

Sequence 5 Activities 2 & 3: Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 7 Activities 1 & 2: This (Singleton) Life/Surfer.

Sequence 11 Activities 1 & 2: View, read and critique.

 

Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts. ACELY1745

Sequence 1 Activity 3: Digital life stories.

Sequence 2 Activities 1–3: Ethical life writing, privacy, risk.

Sequence 3 Activities 1 & 2: What’s in a question? Inquiry.

Sequence 4 Activities 1 & 2: Private/public divide, Facebook.

Sequence 5 Activities 1–3: Meet Kylie Kwong in print and media.

Sequence 6 Activities 1 & 2: Helicopter Tracks, context

Sequence 7 Activity 2: South American Surfer.

Sequence 8 Activities 1 & 2: Stereotypes and ethics.

Sequence 10 Activity 3: Language and media.

Sequence 11 Activity1: View and read student life stories.

Creating texts

Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features. ACELY1746

Sequence 8 Activities 3 & 4: Draft and consult.

Sequence 9 Activities 1–3: Image, sound and language.

Sequence 11 Activity 3: Drafting and consultation.

 

Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features. ACELY1747

Sequence 4 Activity 3: Interviews, sensitivity, privacy.

Sequence 10 Activity 1: Details.

Sequence 11 Activities 1 & 2: Read, view, critique and consult.

Sequence 12 Activities 1 & 2: Face-to-face or virtual presentations.

 

Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts. ACELY1748

Sequence 9 Activities 1–3: Image, sound and language.

Sequence 11 Activity 3: Drafting and consultation.

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