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 & 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.
- For students to celebrate chosen qualities of a hero through multimodal platforms.
- For students to engage in the process of creating texts that incorporate both visual and verbal models of communication in order to share their point of view and engage with complex issues.
- For students to plan and construct a text that can be submitted into New Conversations Storytelling Competition
Australian Curriculum content description:
English Year 9:
- Create literary texts, including hybrid texts, that innovate on aspects of other 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)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)
English Year 10:
- Create literary texts with a sustained ‘voice’, selecting and adapting appropriate text structures, literary devices, language, auditory and visual structures and features for a specific purpose and intended audience (ACELT1815)
- 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)
- 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, EN5-3B.
Time required: 60 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: Depending on the teacher’s level of proficiency with IT and whether they wish to embrace it within their classroom, this will vary from class to class. However, this lesson can be taught without students having access to technology.
Resources required: Qualities of a Hero Student Worksheet, Internet access, interactive students worksheets, cameras (digital, tablet or phone), selection of comic materials, (comic books, graphic novels newspapers etc.)
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities and TedTalks.
Keywords: Photography, hero’s qualities, storytelling, values.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.