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1 { The Meaning of a Name: looking at the practical implications of the Australian Curriculum. Rachel Abercrombie & Alice Kelly

2 Teachers teach according to themes set by the Head of English. Teachers teach according to themes set by the Head of English. Each theme has specific Subject descriptors allocated to be covered. Each theme has specific Subject descriptors allocated to be covered. Used planning documents from QLD. Used planning documents from QLD. Implementing the AC

3 Themes were set up to support content of the Pearson Textbooks that the school chose to use to support student learning. Themes were set up to support content of the Pearson Textbooks that the school chose to use to support student learning. Each term has two themes (a shorter and longer unit) Each term has two themes (a shorter and longer unit) The themes are all covered by each teacher throughout the year but when they are covered varies to take the pressure off resources The themes are all covered by each teacher throughout the year but when they are covered varies to take the pressure off resources C:\Users\amk\Documents\Australian Curriculum\Implementation Plan.docx C:\Users\amk\Documents\Australian Curriculum\Implementation Plan.docx C:\Users\amk\Documents\Australian Curriculum\Implementation Plan.docx C:\Users\amk\Documents\Australian Curriculum\Implementation Plan.docx Implementing the AC

4 Knowing we wanted to create units around a theme we needed to work out how to then go about planning Knowing we wanted to create units around a theme we needed to work out how to then go about planning A big concern was how we could keep track of what Content Descriptors were being covered to ensure each teacher covers all Year 8 descriptors with their classes A big concern was how we could keep track of what Content Descriptors were being covered to ensure each teacher covers all Year 8 descriptors with their classes Setting up a template for planning units was difficult at first, but much easier after finding the documents that QLD shared. Setting up a template for planning units was difficult at first, but much easier after finding the documents that QLD shared. Planning documents

5 Australian Curriculum and resources webpage Australian Curriculum and resources webpage Planning documents -QSA website.

6 Year Planner Template Year Planner Template Planning documents -QSA website.

7 Year Planner Template Year Planner Template Planning documents -QSA website.

8 Year Planner Template Year Planner Template Planning documents -QSA website.

9 QLD information was incredibly helpful, particularly looking at their sample plans and units QLD information was incredibly helpful, particularly looking at their sample plans and units We based our documentation on theirs as their templates were available online. We based our documentation on theirs as their templates were available online. Planning documents

10 ProsCons Clear planning Easy to see what content descriptors have been covered Clear outcomes for students Easy tracking of cross- curriculum priorities Clear focus on student needs and includes a specific section for differentiation Encourages collaboration between staff and reflection on the units QLD templates look at bridging between years which will help with longer term planning Filling out the documentation can be time consuming The language that is used seems to be complicated (some of this is just the change in terminology for some states) Units are time consuming- we really didnt have enough hours in the week to cover what wed planned so we need to readjust this next year. Themes for each term problematic- didnt always work to cover the content descriptors in the most effective way, not only in the unit, but for creating a fluid and coherent year. Planning documents

11 We used the implementation plan shown earlier in conjunction with the unit plans to create a Year Plan for each teacher- this would ensure that each teacher covers each content descriptor more than once to help students achieve the outcomes set by ACARA. We used the implementation plan shown earlier in conjunction with the unit plans to create a Year Plan for each teacher- this would ensure that each teacher covers each content descriptor more than once to help students achieve the outcomes set by ACARA. Implementation Plan Implementation Plan Unit Plans Unit Plans Year Plan Year Plan

12 Putting it into practice: The Etymology Unit 4-5 week etymology unit (originally a 3 week unit, but in practice to cover with adequate depth for students we discovered more time was needed). 4-5 week etymology unit (originally a 3 week unit, but in practice to cover with adequate depth for students we discovered more time was needed). Content Descriptors (ACELA1540) Understand the influence and impact that the English language has had on other languages or dialects and how English has been influenced in return (ACELA1540) (ACELA1540) (ACELA1541) Understand how conventions of speech adopted by communities influence the identities of people in those communities (ACELA1541) (ACELA1541) (ACELY1729) Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication (ACELY1729) (ACELY1729)

13 Putting it into practice: The Etymology Unit Unit plan Unit plan..\Australian Curriculum\Etymology\Year 8 unit etymology.docx..\Australian Curriculum\Etymology\Year 8 unit etymology.docx Teacher guide- outlines resources and work to be completed Teacher guide- outlines resources and work to be completed..\Australian Curriculum\Etymology\Etymology Unit Booklet for Teachers.docx..\Australian Curriculum\Etymology\Etymology Unit Booklet for Teachers.docx

14 Before and After

15 Etymology

16 Etymology

17 Greek or Latin Roots

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19 Prefixes and Suffixes

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21 Etymology

22 History of the English Language

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26 Early texts

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28 Language Change

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30 Aussie Slang

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32 Onomastics

33 Onomastics

34 Last names

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36 Name facts

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38 Variations in language

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40 What weve found along the way… Everything has taken longer than we anticipated Everything has taken longer than we anticipated Most of the content descriptors have clauses that make it necessary to specifically plan how they will be included in the course work, being complacent wont help Most of the content descriptors have clauses that make it necessary to specifically plan how they will be included in the course work, being complacent wont help Some states/schools seem to be doing fewer units, but including lots of activities and depth to help meet the course requirements- something worth considering Some states/schools seem to be doing fewer units, but including lots of activities and depth to help meet the course requirements- something worth considering

41 Questions?

42 Some places we found resources for this unit: TES resource/Etymology-Booklet / TES resource/Etymology-Booklet /http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching- resource/Etymology-Booklet /http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching- resource/Etymology-Booklet / Teach it f Teach it f f f Books with activities already planned. Books with activities already planned. References


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