Hunter River High School

Literacy Focus Week 7

Reading - Visualising

Visualising is when learners create a mental image from a text read/viewed/heard. Visualising brings the text to life, engages the imagination and uses of the senses.

Some questions you could ask students include:

  • What are the pictures I/you have in my/your head as I/you read/view/listen to this text?
  • Can I/you describe or image you made while you read/heard that part?
  • How did the pictures in my/your head help me/you to understand the text?

Students could use the senses chart to draw the imagery of the text using the "looks like, tastes like, sounds like, feels like, smells like" model.

Writing - Paragraphing

We have come full circle again!

The purpose of the paragraph is to present a single, central point, explained and supported by evidence. The paragraph forms the cornerstone of all academic genres.

We could use something like the PEEL method to write a paragraph:

P - Point - A topic sentence that introduces the point or central argument to be made in the paragraph.

E - Explanation - In a few sentences explain in more detail the statement made in the topic sentence. Clarify and expand on all parts of the topic sentence.

E- Evidence - Use examples, statistics, quotations and references to primary and secondary sources or other evidence to support and or prove each point.

L - Link - Linking sentences perform 2 roles: to link the material of this paragraph back to the point of your paragraph and in the case of an extended piece of writing, to your the thesis or central argument.

Grammar and Punctuation - Full stops and Capital Letters

This week try to focus on these skills of basic punctuation - full stops and Capital letters!

Remember capital letters are used for:

  • the first word in every sentence
  • the personal pronoun I including contractions such as I've
  • the beginning word of direct speech
  • showing abbreviations
  • the first letter in Proper nouns