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Year 8


Assessment Schedule

Task Number Task 1 Task 2 Task 3
Unit First Nations Voices Genre/Film Study Close Study of a Novel 
Nature of Task Multimodal Picture Book Online Examination Extended Response
Value 35% 30% 35%
Date Due Term 1, Week 9 Term 2, Week 9 Term 3, Week 9

Term 1

Course Content: First Nation’s Voices - Picture Books

Learn about:

Context: Students understand that meaning changes with culture, time and technology.

They learn that :

  • they need to consider the context of composition as well as the context of response to a text

  • they exist in different cultures and subcultures

  • texts are composed in the context of other texts

  • culture is inscribed in texts through choice of language, forms, modes, media and other features of texts

  • different cultures and times may be associated with specific modes and media.

Perspective: Students understand that perspectives convey values.

They learn that:

  • reveals and shapes our attitudes towards people, events, groups and ideas

  • shared perspectives are markers of groups

  • perspectives in texts may test the responder’s own moral and ethical positions.

Point of View: Students understand that choice of point of view and focalisation shapes the meanings, the values and the effect of the text.

They learn that:

  • a narrator can tell a story, comment on a story or break out from the story to address the responder, directly

  • point of view and focalisation are devices for persuading

  • of view and focalisation direct the responder to the values in the text.


Term 2

Course content: GENRE FILM STUDY - Animation; Fantasy; Horror; Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales; or Comedy.

Learn about:

Codes and Conventions: Students understand that codes and conventions are social practices and are adapted in response to different purposes, effects, audiences, contexts and media.

They learn that

  • social practices, technology and mode determine appropriate codes and conventions

  • groups use codes and conventions differently and this may become a marker of identity.

Genre: Students understand that the expectations of a genre shape composition of and response to texts.

They learn that:

  •  knowledge of generic conventions can guide composition of and response to texts

  • genres are efficient methods of communication

  • genres can be adapted to and combined in different modes and media

  •  genres are adapted to times and cultures

  • generic conventions may be challenged.

Intertextuality: Students understand that intertextuality enhances and layers meaning.

They learn that:

  • intertextual references require knowledge of culturally significant texts

  • recreating texts provides new insights

  • transformation provides ways of understanding and appreciating the earlier text.


Term 3

Course Content: CLOSE STUDY - Novel Study

Learn About:

Literary Value: Students appreciate that texts are valued for their aesthetic and social significance.

They learn that

  • texts draw on cultural knowledge and promote particular values

  • evocative imagery and elegant arrangement of ideas are pleasing

  • different types of texts are valued differently

  • texts may be more or less significant for different groups

  • texts that raise questions about or open new ways of thinking about life and living are significant.

Narrative: Students understand that narrative shapes and is shaped by one’s view of the world.

They learn that

  • Their own experience and culture influence their responses to stories

  • The conventions of narrative are combined to engage the responder emotionally and intellectually with events and characters depicted in the story and with ideas and values implied by the story

  • Conventions of narrative are adapted to different modes and media to achieve these effects

  • Close consideration and analysis of stories can bring to light subtleties in the text.

Style: Students understand that style is a way of conveying individuality, specialised knowledge and values.

They learn that

  • they need a range of styles for their personal, social and academic contexts

  • style is understood through exposure to wide reading in a variety of styles

  • style can be imitated and adapted

  • particular styles have particular effects

  • style is an important element in the pleasure of the text.


Term 4

Course content: Teacher’s Choice - Challenges; Survival; Sustainability; We Can Be Heroes; Creative Unit;

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