The Best Units To TeachAt 7-9 EnglishFor The Australian Curriculum
AusVels• From 2013 AusVels is the mandatedcurriculum forVictorian Government andCatholic Schools and the recommendedcurriculum guideline for independentschools
AusVels• AusVels for English is identical to TheAustralian Curriculum• Why call it AusVels then?
AusVels• AusVels takes the Australian Curriculumword for word and houses it within theVelsDomain Framework• Physical Personal and Social Learning• Discipline Based Learning• Interdisciplinary Learning
What the....• But I just worked out whatVELs was allabout - I have to start again....????
Not Quite• Many units you are doing now might meetAustralian Curriculum standards• Pick a unit you do between 7-9• Which descriptors do these units meet?
But I’m Not DoingEverything• The American Education Researcherestimated it would take the typical student23 academic years to master statestandards (WhatWorks In Schools 2003)
It’s less means more• The Australian Curriculum is anopportunity to do fewer things - and to dothose things better
Unit Types• Thinking about the big idea• Being critically aware• Focusing on genre and text type• Responding to texts
Unit TypesLevelBig Idea Critical Genre Text7*My story*Bullying*Fairytales*Advertising*Fantasy*Poetry*Whale Rider*Spirited Away8*Australian Story*Heroes*Satirical advertising*Making headlines*Multimodal stories*Picture books*Camel Rider*Trash9*Art or grafﬁti?*Journeys*Text review*Great speeches*Teen ﬁlm*Science ﬁction*Rabbit Proof Fence*Short ﬁlms
Thinking about the bigidea• Focusing on an idea• Exploring different examples of that idea inﬁction and non ﬁction texts• Producing a piece of writing that shows anunderstanding of different aspects of theidea
Thinking about the bigidea• Justice• Power and corruption• Community• Teen identity
Justice•A bully is physically vicious to lots of students in aclass. One student he has bullied trains really harduntil he becomes strong, ﬁghts the bully and beatshim up.•A bully is physically vicious to lots of students in aclass. He is expelled from school.•A bully is physically vicious to lots of students in aclass. He has to undergo counseling and apologise toall the students he bullied.
Thinking about the bigidea• Argue why the death penalty is a justpunishment• Reﬂect on how the world is a just andunjust place• Explain how a text is an example of justicebeing served• Write your own story about with a just orunjust end
Being critically aware• How is this text trying to position me as areader/viewer?• What is the message of this text?• Do I agree with this message?• What is the value or merit of this text?
Being critically aware• Exploring how stories are presented in themedia• Analysing persuasive texts• Identifying embedded messages within texts(such as attitudes to class, gender, age orrace)• Writing reviews
Critical UnitEvaluate the impact onaudiences of differentchoices in therepresentation of stilland moving imagesLA - 10 - 8Understand and explain how combinationsof words and images in texts are used torepresent particular groups in society, andhow texts position readers in relation tothose groups LI - 8 - 16
Funny?In reality, the girlwas standing on a ledgebeneath her or hadclimbed into a safeposition. But thecleverly-staged -- andhilarious -- photo,which made its way tothe front page ofReddit last weekend,looks shocking enoughto fool many viewers.- Hufﬁngton PostSmug: Despite almostgiving her motherRebecca, left, a heartattack, Samantha Busch,right, insisted theprank wouldnt be herlast- Daily Mail
Being critically aware• Write a critical review of a web page,book, ﬁlm or television series• Write an analysis of persuasive language• Identify the message of a text and arguewhy it’s a positive or negative message• Critique the messages of advertisementsand the techniques used to create them
Focus on genre andtext type• Understanding the structural, grammaticaland content elements of speciﬁc genres andtext types
Focus on genre andtext type• Explain the genre elements of one text• Compare how two texts from the samegenre use similar or different genreelements• Produce a creative piece using genreelements
Responding to texts• Level 7: Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues andcharacters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social andcultural contexts.• Level 8: Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawnfrom different historical, social and cultural contexts may reﬂect or challengethe values of individuals and groups / Share, reﬂect on, clarify and evaluateopinions and arguments about aspects of literary texts.• Level 9:Analyse and explain the use of symbols, icons and myth in still andmoving images and how these augment meaning / Present an argumentabout a literary text based on initial impressions and subsequent analysis ofthe whole text.
Responding to texts• Think of a text you have taught• List all the ways characters feel and all thethings they want in that text• Which feelings/desires are in conﬂict?
Responding to texts• This text explores the problems that arisewhen somebody wants...but another...• This texts shows the conﬂictbetween...and...
Multimodal Texts• The Australian Curriculum’s Glossary deﬁnes amultimodal text as a “combination of two or morecommunication modes (for example, print, imageand spoken text, as in ﬁlm or computerpresentations).” According to this deﬁnition textsthat we already traditionally study, such as ﬁlm, tvshows or advertisements, qualify as a multimodaltext.
Multimodal TextsTraditional Multimodal Texts(Traditional Literacies)New Multimodal Texts(New Literacies)•Feature ﬁlms•Documentaries•Picture books•Magazines•Print Advertisements•TV Advertisements•TV Shows•Digital stories•Multimodal Short Films•Interactive digital non-ﬁction•Interactive digital ﬁction•Animated digital picture books•Web pages•Web advertising (including viraladvertising)•Web shows•Mash up texts
The Sandwich MovieYr. 8 -Investigate howvisual andmultimodal textsallude to or drawon other texts orimages toenhance andlayer meaning.
I Kill GiantsAnalyse and explainthe use of symbols,icons and myth in stilland moving imagesand how theseaugment meaning- Yr. 9
Cross CurriculumPriorities• Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanderhistories and cultures• Sustainability
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