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Teaching and learning activities



Students learn about:

4.13 the metalanguage of subject English used to describe, discuss and differentiate texts and their language forms, features and structures

Students learn about:

7.15 ways of organizing information, ideas and arguments textually or visually such as clustering, listing, compare and contrast, problem–solution, semantic chains, graphic and diagram outlines, structured overviews, consequence maps, thinking wheels and mindmaps

Students learn about:

5.7 the reasons specific language forms and features, and structures of texts are commonly used for particular purposes, audiences and contexts

Students learn about:

9.7 the ways in which ‘story’ creates a world within which characters interact and shape action

Students learn to:

6.6 use imaginative texts as

Pre-reading activities

What do you know about stories and how they are told? (focus on written narrative)

Make links with students’ prior learning about narrative by revising the purpose, structure and language features of narrative through class discussion and board summary. Include a list of synonyms for narrative, e.g. story, yarn, tale.

Write a story

Teacher creates a scenario related to the experience of the migrants in the novel, The Lion and the Lamb. For example, imagine you and your family have had to leave Earth fleeing to another planet.

Class discussion about possible issues they may face in their new life on this planet. Teacher guides the discussion towards some of the issues in the novel:

the immigrant experience of adapting to a new way of life

cultural differences

making new friends

changing family relationships.

Record ideas on the board or overhead or computer with software such as Inspiration

Record student responses on butcher’s paper for reference as the unit builds on the students’ current knowledge of narrative. This summary may take the form of a mind map or a structured overview.

Worksheet 1

Living on the another planet

Build a class vocabulary list as the discussion progresses.

Record words on butcher’s paper or other material that can be kept and added to as the unit progresses. Words may include: immigrant, migration, culture, prejudice

Summary of student ideas

Contributions to this oral activity will show student prior knowledge of narrative.

Teacher assessment of student willingness and ability to contribution to class discussion.

Informal assessment of level of student vocabulary.

The completed vocabulary list could be used as a spelling list to be issued and tested

NSW Department of Education and Training      November 2004Page 2 of 12

Curriculum K-12 Directoratehttp://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au

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