Quick summary: Students are introduced to the process of selecting, refining and polishing their work for submission while, at the same time, embracing the stylistic features of a Dumbo Feather Conversation.
Teachers can use these resources to teach literacy skills with the outcome being to enter the New Conversations Storytelling Competition. This competition is open to Australian students in Year 9 to 10. It encourages them to conduct conversations with people they find extraordinary and invites students to share their story and celebrate their heroic qualities through their submission. The competition aims to connect students to the power of storytelling, develop their communication skills and be reminded of the emotional value of face-to-face conversation.
- Students plan and sequence appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing.
- Students experiment with texts structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts.
- Students use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts – (either outside of class time on their own computers or during class time if it is an option to use a computer laboratory)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Interpersonal understanding.
Australian Curriculum content description:
English Year 9:
- 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)
- 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)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)
English Year 10:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
Syllabus outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-2A.
Topic: New Conversations Storytelling Competition
Time required: 60 minutes
Resources required: Internet access, DUMBO WRITER’S BIBLE, students worksheets, cameras (digital, tablet or phone).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Conversation, Writing, Extraordinary, Editing, Journalism.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.