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English Is ... English for the Australian Curriculum Year 8 & eBookPLUS

English Is ... English for the Australian Curriculum Year 8 & eBookPLUS
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Haley
ISBN13 9781742467757
Pub date July 2012
Pages 248
RRP $44.95
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The English is… series uses a creative approach to learning to inspire students to embrace the English language in all its variations and develop key skills in reading, understanding and creating. It includes structured inquiry into the big ideas or concepts that support English, underpinned by the skills needed for literate citizenship.

KEY FEATURES

• Full coverage of the Australian Curriculum: English content descriptions allows students to achieve year level standards
• The text is always at the centre of the learning
Differentiated activities provide all students with an entry point to the texts through a Getting started, Working through and Going further grading
• Sub-unit structure allows for a dip-in, dip-out approach
Wordsmiths or mini-workshops drill down to teach key skills in a Tell me, Show me, Let me do it process
Ready to Read prepares less able readers to engage with the texts
Asian and Indigenous texts are featured along with classic, world, Australian and contemporary texts
• 'Need to know' explains key terms at point of need so that students learn English's metalanguage
Language, Literature and Literacy links connect to the Australian Curriculum content descriptions
• Wide variety of assessment options at the end of every unit with rubrics to guide students.
 
English is ... English for the Australian Curriculum Year 8 and eBookPLUS is a hard-copy of the student text accompanied by eBookPLUS.

> eBookPLUS resources include:

• Access from any digital device PC/MAC/iPad/Android Tablet.
Worksheets - Word documents designed for easy customisation and editing.
Interactivities and games to reinforce and enhance student learning.
eLessons - engaging video clips and supporting material.
Weblinks to relevant support material on the internet.
ProjectsPLUS - unique ICT-based projects that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate creativity, thinking skills and teamwork.

 

About eBookPLUS ix

How to use this book x

Acknowledgements xii

UNIT 1 Language Evolution 1

How and why does language evolve? 1

What do we mean when we say that language evolves? 3

Tuning in 3

1.1 Reading language from another era 4

How do I observe language change? 4

Wordsmith . . . Adjectives and adverbs 9

1.2 Technology and language change 11

How has technology influenced language? 11

Wordsmith . . . Writing an explanatory paragraph using analogies 15

1.3 The influence of other languages on English 16

How have other languages influenced English in the past? 16

Wordsmith . . . Subjective and objective writing 22

How does popular culture introduce foreign words? 24

Compose and create 28

UNIT 2 Me, Myself and I 31

How does language influence a person’s identity? 31

What do we mean by ‘language influencing identity’? 33

Getting started 33

2.1 Names, labels and identity 34

How do names affect our view of people and characters? 34

Wordsmith . . . Using nouns 38

How are characters in ction named and introduced? 39

2.2 The teenage community 44

How does language influence teenage identities? 44

Wordsmith . . . Audience and purpose 49

2.3 Spoken language in fiction and non-fiction 51

How does lost or hidden language affect identity? 51

Wordsmith . . . Setting out dialogue in ction 56

Compose and create 58

UNIT 3 Constructing Effective texts 61

How does a writer construct effective texts for a variety of audiences and purposes? 61

What is a text? 63

Tuning in 63

3.1 Constructing imaginative texts 64

How do imaginative texts entertain their readers? 64

Wordsmith . . . How writers use sentence structure and punctuation to help pace the reader 72

Imaginative texts with a more serious purpose 74

3.2 Constructing informative texts 78

How do informative texts inform their readers? 78

Other informative texts — news reports 81

Wordsmith . . . Using nominalisations 85

3.3 Experimenting with text structures and features 87

How can the same subject matter be used to create different text types? 87

Wordsmith . . . Separating fact and opinion in expressing a viewpoint 93

Compose and create 94

UNIT 4 Crafting Character 97

How do writers make their characters come to life? 97

What do we mean by ‘crafting character’? 99

Tuning in 99

4.1 Characters and self-discovery 100

How do characters help us to understand ourselves? 100

Wordsmith . . . Writing dialogue to reveal character 106

4.2 Characters and their worlds 108

How do characters help us understand the world of the text? 108

Wordsmith . . . Sentence structure and imagery 114

4.3 Characters and social commentary 116

How do writers craft characters to explore our culture, history and values? 116

Wordsmith . . . Linking characters to values using analogies and ethical dilemmas 124

Compose and create 126

UNIT 5 Hearts and minds 129

How does the spoken word persuade? 129

Did you use rhetoric today? 131

Tuning in 131

5.1 Rhetoric in action 132

What is rhetoric and how can we recognise it? 132

Rhetoric in media texts — advertisements 134

Wordsmith . . . Using connotations to create rhetoric 137

Rhetoric in a feature article 138

5.2 Writing rhetoric 141

How do we use rhetoric when we write to in uence others? 141

Repetition 141

Repetition in speeches 143

Playing with hyperbole 144

Using metaphors and similes 145

Extending a metaphor 146

Figurative language in speeches 147

Wordsmith . . . Working with irony 150

5.3 Persuasive speaking techniques 151

How can we speak to influence others? 151

What makes a great speech? 154

How have great writers such as Shakespeare used rhetoric? 157

Wordsmith . . . Clauses 159

Compose and create 160

UNIT 6 Picture this 163

Why do visual texts have meaning? 163

What’s in a picture? 165

Tuning in 165

6.1 The idea of representation 166

What does an image mean? 168

Do the meanings of images change over time? 168

Cultural perspectives 168

Changing stereotypes 169

Old-fashioned heroes 170

The female hero 171

Wordsmith . . . Storyboarding 173

6.2 ideas expressed in images 174

Are there universal truths? 174

Anime and good versus evil 174

Fear of the unfamiliar 176

Heroes and villains 177

Wordsmith . . . Connotative language 178

6.3 Making meaning 179

How do images and words convey meaning? 179

Graphic novels and short stories 179

Words or images? 186

Wordsmith . . . Comparing and contrasting 188

Compose and create 190

UNIT 7 Seriously funny 193

How does humour entertain and persuade within its historical, social and cultural context? 193

The power of laughter 195

Tuning in 195

7.1 Humour entertains 196

How do humorous texts entertain? 196

Wordsmith . . . Using puns to create humour 199

Humorous media texts that entertain 201

7.2 Humour entertains and persuades 205

How do humorous texts persuade as well as entertain? 205

Wordsmith . . . Creating spoofs with names 208

Satire persuades 209

7.3 Humour in context 212

How is humour part of its social, cultural and historical context? 212

Wordsmith . . . Avoiding verbosity 217

Compose and create 218

Projects PLUS

 

Persuasively speaking 222

Creating character 224

Glossary 226

Subject index 229

Author/Title index 232 

 

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Persuasively speaking 222

Creating character 224

Glossary 226

Subject index 229

Author/Title index 232

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