Government Standards

Australian Curriculum

Language Arts - Grade 8

Assessment Exam - Australian Curriculum - Level 8 English
Language eTAP Lesson
Language variation and change
Understand the influence and impact that the English language has had on other languages or dialects and how English has been influenced in return
Language for interaction
Understand how conventions of speech adopted by communities influence the identities of people in those communities
Understand how rhetorical devices are used to persuade and how different layers of meaning are developed through the use of metaphor, irony and parody
Text structure and organisation
Analyse how the text structures and language features of persuasive texts, including media texts, vary according to the medium and mode of communication
Understand how cohesion in texts is improved by strengthening the internal structure of paragraphs through the use of examples, quotations and substantiation of claims
Understand how coherence is created in complex texts through devices like lexical cohesion, ellipsis, grammatical theme and text connectives
Understand the use of punctuation conventions, including colons, semicolons, dashes and brackets in formal and informal texts
Expressing and developing ideas
Analyse and examine how effective authors control and use a variety of clause structures, including clauses embedded within the structure of a noun group/phrase or clause
Understand the effect of nominalisation in the writing of informative and persuasive texts
Investigate how visual and multimodal texts allude to or draw on other texts or images to enhance and layer meaning
Recognise that vocabulary choices contribute to the specificity, abstraction and style of texts
Understand how to apply learned knowledge consistently in order to spell accurately and to learn new words including nominalisations
Literature eTAP Lesson
Literature and context
Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups
Literacy eTAP Lesson
Explore the interconnectedness of Country/Place, People, Identity and Culture in texts including those by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors
Responding to literature
Share, reflect on, clarify and evaluate opinions and arguments about aspects of literary texts
Literature eTAP Lesson
Understand and explain how combinations of words and images in texts are used to represent particular groups in society, and how texts position readers in relation to those groups
Recognise and explain differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and concerns represented in texts
Examining literature
Recognise, explain and analyse the ways literary texts draw on readers’ knowledge of other texts and enable new understanding and appreciation of aesthetic qualities
Identify and evaluate devices that create tone, for example humour, wordplay, innuendo and parody in poetry, humorous prose, drama or visual texts
Interpret and analyse language choices, including sentence patterns, dialogue, imagery and other language features, in short stories, literary essays and plays
Creating literature
Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects
Experiment with particular language features drawn from different types of texts, including combinations of language and visual choices to create new texts
Literacy eTAP Lesson
Texts in context
Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication
Interacting with others
Interpret the stated and implied meanings in spoken texts, and use evidence to support or challenge different perspectives
Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects
Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints
Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text
Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts
Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view
Explore and explain the ways authors combine different modes and media in creating texts, and the impact of these choices on the viewer/listener
Creating texts
Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate
Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts
Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively