This lesson is designed to be completed both independently by students and in groups. Students can complete many of the activities alone. However, the final activities require collaboration with other students, peers or with adults.
In this lesson, students learn the value of fictional characters for their social and emotional health. After identifying key benefits of ‘socialising’ with characters, students make connections between their world and the literary world of texts they enjoy. Students are supported to write a text that includes their favourite fictional character. Students are then encouraged to create literary communities, through discussions with friends, surveys and tips for starting a book club.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625)
- Discuss aspects of texts, for example their aesthetic and social value, using relevant and appropriate metalanguage (ACELT1803)
- Reflect on ideas and opinions about characters, settings and events in literary texts, identifying areas of agreement and difference with others and justifying a point of view (ACELT1620)
Year 8 English:
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
We are living through unprecedented times and our lives have been forced to change almost overnight as a result of Covid-19. The rapid change to the way we must live, work and interact has seen a rapid uptake in new technologies that allow us to remain connected to family, friends and colleagues.
Students can feel a range of emotional responses when researching and discussing COVID-19. If you need further support for students please refer to: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
- Device and internet connection
- Pen and paper (optional)
- Article: Missing your friends? Rereading Harry Potter might be the next best thing
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in a remote or school settings.
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