Year Levels: 7 & 8
Topics: Sustainability, creative thinking, climate change, natural disaster.
Teaching Time: 120 mins.
In this English lesson, students will be refreshing their understanding of a narrative structure and using their knowledge obtained throughout the unit to craft a narrative about a person, family or community who have survived an Australian disaster. The purpose of the story is to show the strength that someone must show in a time of crisis in order to build resilience.
- Students will understand narrative structure
- Students will understand how narrative structure can be used effectively to reflect a dangerous experience.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English:
- Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, the structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725).
Year 8 English:
- Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects (ACELT1632)
- Create imaginative texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices (ACELY1736).
Syllabus outcomes: EN4-6C, EN4-4B.
General capabilities: Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Relevant parts of Year 7 English achievement standards: Students create texts showing how language features and images from other texts can be combined for effect. Students create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences.
Relevant parts of Year 8 English achievement standards: Students create texts for different purposes, selecting language to influence audience response. When creating and editing texts to create specific effects, they take into account intended purposes and the needs and interests of audiences. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, select vocabulary for effect and use accurate spelling and punctuation.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Teachers will need to introduce and explain the narrative structure, but much of the lesson is student-driven as they plan and craft their own narratives.
- A device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Keywords: Disaster, resilience, narrative, structure, orientation, rising action, climax, complication, falling action, resolution.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.