This handout includes definition, features and examples of the following sub-genres of Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal/Supernatural, Superhero, Dystopian/Utopian, Post-Apocalyptic/Apocalyptic, and Alternate History. Horror was not included, as we were not providing a horror option for this unit.
This handout was designed to be a one-stop-shop for understanding the sub-genres, and for our year 9 students to use as a reference when writing their spec-fic short stories.
In an attempt to move away from the sometimes complex, yet limiting, structure of the traditional plot mountain, I have created a simplified structure which I use with all of my classes to teach narrative. I use these resources at the planning stage, so that all of my students begin drafting with an existing overview of their story that they can refer back to.
In this structure, the story is made up of:
Where - an orientation of place, context and setting;
Who - establishment of character/s and their motivations;
Problem - what the problem/conflict is, why the problem occurs, how the character reacts to the problem, and how the problem impacts the character;
Tension - the steps the character takes to resolve the problem, which may or may not be successful; and
Resolve - how the story is resolved and whether the character succeeds or not.
This resource includes both the graphic purple plot mountain which I use with students in years 7-8, and an extended table form (which asks students to also consider audience, theme, tone, and language features in their planning) which I use with students in years 9-10.
Included in this bundle is a unit overview (with key activities stated), an exemplar for a Japan brochure piece of assessment, a PPT, and three of the key handouts created for this unit. It was designed for a low level Year 8 class, with students who had difficulty working in a school setting. It is a short unit (we had two lessons a week with this class), but could be extended. Assessment task sheet not included. There is no Japanese language elements to this unit - it is focused solely on culture.
Based off the Thinker Keys for Kids (Instruction Booklet) by Tony Ryan. All twenty keys with poetry based questions (questions are general so can be made more specific for own use). My kids are writing a narrative intervention of a poem they have studied, so some questions relate to short stories as well.
I printed them onto coloured paper, cut each key/question out, folded them on the solid line, then laminated them and put them on a dollar store metal ring. Students can choose which one to work on as a lesson starter, or as an early-finisher activity. I’ve also had kids complete one for homework as an extension activity for extra class points. Works well for years 8-10 (13-15 year olds).
A collection of three resources which I created while teaching year 8 Japanese Culture Studies.
This bundle includes:
A travel brochure unit
Describing animals matching game
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” Movie Worksheet
Animal research task scaffolded for low, middle and high achievers with targeted learning objectives and activities. Easy to leave with a class if you are going to be away - they can then present their completed PPTs to the class next lesson (when you are back) to consolidate their learning and so you can check their understanding.
Works with an entry level Japanese animal unit.
A+ extension question 2 asks students to write a letter to the Premier of QLD Australia. Recommended that you change to another local Politian in your area.
Print this worksheet out on A4 paper and cut it up to separate the sentences. Then, have students match up the English sentences with the Japanese sentences. Best done in pairs or trios, but students can work independently.
Often, students in Years 7-10 know what metaphors are. They can give a definition, explain the impact on the reader, and identify an example in a text. However, students can struggle when it comes to writing metaphors of their own.
This worksheet includes step by step instructions on how to identify the elements of a metaphor. These elements then come together to help the students to write a deliberate metaphor which makes a meaningful comparison and targets a particular tone.
Created for an Australian Year 10 Poetry unit. Designed for students to choose their homework assignment/s over the 8 week unit.
Our unit is based on narratives inspired by poetry, so all activities are narrative/poetry theme.