Year Levels: Years 7 & 8
Topics: Sustainability, critical and creative thinking, climate change.
Teaching Time: 90 mins.
Quick summary: In this English lesson, students will revise their understanding of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and use this knowledge to highlight and analyse stories of those who experienced the Black Summer bushfires. From this understanding, they will construct cinquain poems representing their understanding of the experience of the Black Summer bushfires.
- Students will read and empathise with Australian disaster experiences
- Students will identify and analyse nouns, verbs, adjectives and adjectives in a narrative
- Students will understand the structure of a cinquain poem.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English:
- Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts (ACELY1722)
- Understand, interpret and discuss how language is compressed to produce a dramatic effect in film or drama, and to create layers of meaning in poetry (ACELT1623).
Year 8 English:
- Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733)
- Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects (ACELT1632).
Syllabus outcomes: EN4-2A, EN4-1A.
General capabilities: Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Relevant parts of Year 7 English achievement standards:
Students understand how the selection of a variety of language features can influence an audience. They understand how to draw on personal knowledge, textual analysis and other sources to express or challenge a point of view. They create texts showing how language features and images from other texts can be combined for effect.
Relevant parts of Year 8 English achievement standards:
Students understand how the selection of language features can be used for particular purposes and effects. Through combining ideas, images and language features from other texts, students show how ideas can be expressed in new ways. Students create texts for different purposes, selecting language to influence audience response.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers will need to support students in understanding the different parts of speech and facilitate a class discussion about the use of these in the focus story.
- Coloured highlighters
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Keywords: parts of speech, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, bushfires, Black Summer, empathy, cinquain poem.
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