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Creating Texts

The documentary Paul Kelly — Stories of Me deals with writing and performing songs but there is more to creating texts that can be explored through the film. This section deals with how texts are created, the forms they take, their codes and conventions and how they are influenced by other texts. Students are asked to analyse how texts are created, create their own texts in different modes and media and reflect on the nature of story-telling and creativity itself.

Students address the Australian Curriculum content by:

  • comparing texts in a variety of contexts, mediums and modes by
    • explaining the relationship between purpose and context
    • analysing the style and structure of texts including digital texts
    • evaluating similarities and differences between hybrid texts.
  • investigating the representation of ideas, attitudes and voices in texts by
    • analysing the ways language features, text structures and stylistic choices shape points of view and influence audiences
    • evaluating the effects of rhetorical devices
    • analysing the effects of using multimodal and digital conventions
    • analysing how attitude and mood is created.
  • analysing and evaluating how and why responses to texts vary through
    • the impact of language and structural choices on shaping own and others’ perspectives
    • the interplay between imaginative, persuasive and interpretive techniques
    • the ways ideas, attitudes and voices are represented
    • analysing changing responses to texts over time and in different cultural contexts.
  • creating a range of texts by
    • using imaginative, interpretive and persuasive elements for different purposes, contexts and audiences
    • experimenting with text structures, language features and multimodal devices
    • developing and sustaining voice, tone and style
    • selecting and applying appropriate textual evidence to support arguments
    • using accurate metalanguage.
  • reflecting on their own and others’ texts by
    • analysing the values and attitudes expressed in texts
    • evaluating the effectiveness of texts in representing ideas, attitudes and voices
    • explaining how and why texts position readers and viewers.