Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will develop their ability to engage the reader through the use of imagery. Students will explore ways to engage the senses to draw the reader into the story so that they feel a part of it.

This lesson is designed to provide valuable practise for NAPLAN, the national literacy and numeracy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*. It links directly to the marking criteria audience and vocabulary.

This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. For over 160 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show which, like other agricultural shows around the country, works to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. 

To gain access to a special student ticket offer for the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show see the Teacher Worksheet. 

Learning intentions:

  • Students will write narratives which use imagery to engage the senses of the reader.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 English:

  • Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odes (ACELT1611)
  • Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience(ACELY1704)

Year 6 English:

  • Identify and explain how choices in language, for example modality, emphasis, repetition and metaphor, influence personal response to different texts (ACELT1615)
  • Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verse (ACELT1617)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)

Syllabus outcomes: EN3-3A, EN3-2A, EN3-6B, EN3-7C.

General capabilities: 
Literacy

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:
They understand how language features, images and vocabulary influence interpretations of characters, settings and events. Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences.

Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:
Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect. They demonstrate an understanding of grammar, and make considered vocabulary choices to enhance cohesion and structure in their writing.

Topic: Consumption

Unit of work: The Show – NAPLAN preparation

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – some students may require support to develop writing ideas.

Resources required: A class set of the Imagery Checklist, Imagery Tasks Cards Worksheet, Independent Writing Reflection Template, Writing Stimulus Sheet. A device capable of presenting The Royal Melbourne Show Narrative Presentation to the class. Loose writing sheets for student drafts (optional).

Keywords: Agriculture, show, farming, produce, breeds, food, fibre, NAPLAN.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students can write narratives which use imagery to engage the senses of the reader.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain the term imagery.
  • ... recall senses that can be engaged.
  • ... include descriptions in their writing which engage the senses.

Teacher content information: For 162 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show. Like other agricultural shows around the country, the Royal Melbourne Show aims to build the community's knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in everyday life by providing opportunities for the community to experience and connect with a range of different aspects of farming and agriculture.

Visitors to the Show are given the opportunity to get up close to a range of farm animals, to meet the farmers who raise these animals and to experience some of the food and fibre products the farmers make from those animals. Dev

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