Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will explore images in texts and consider how they connect to and support written content.

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 Year 3 minimum standard: when reading information texts, students should be able to connect an illustration with ideas in the text.

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 be able to connect an image to a fact, event or description found in the text.

21st century skills:


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 3 English:

  • Identify the effect on audiences of techniques, for example shot size, vertical camera angle and layout in picture books, advertisements and film segments (ACELA1483)
  • Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others (ACELT1596)

Year 4 English:

  • Explore the effect of choices when framing an image, placement of elements in the image, and salience on composition of still and moving images in a range of types of texts (ACELA1496)
  • Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1690)

Syllabus outcomes: EN2-8B, EN2-11D, EN2-8B

General capabilities: Literacy, critical and creative thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 3 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 3, students understand how content can be organised using different text structures depending on the purpose of the text. They understand how language features, images and vocabulary choices are used for different effects. They read texts that contain varied sentence structures, a range of punctuation conventions, and images that provide extra information.

Relevant parts of Year 4 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 4, students understand that texts have different text structures depending on purpose and context. They explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to engage the interest of audiences.

Topic: Consumption

Unit of work: The Show – NAPLAN preparation

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – teacher will explicitly model the strategy students will practise during the lesson, and gradually release responsibility so that the students are familiar with the strategy before working independently.

Resources required: One piece of large poster paper (A1 or similar). Sticky Notes (minimum 3 per student). Welcome from RASV President (printed A3 or displayed on an interactive whiteboard). One A3 copy of Connect the Pictures Teacher Worksheet. Animal Nursery and The Farmhouse and Connect the Pictures: Paired Worksheet (one between two for students). Unforgettable Animals and Dogs (can be printed A4 back to back). Connect the Pictures: Independent Worksheet (can be printed A4 back to back). Learning intentions display (optional).

Keywords: Agriculture, show, farming, livestock, 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 will be able to connect an image to a fact, event or description found in the text.

Success criteria:

Students can…

  • ...identify the focus or impact of a particular image in a text.
  • ...locate explanations or descriptions in a text that connect to the focus or impact of an image.

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 t

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