English: Being Critically Literate (EDUP4076)


This unit of study is focused on the use of literary texts in the classroom through pedagogy that combines the communicative modes of speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Literary texts such as picture books, novels, plays and poetry as well as other texts of popular culture will be used as the basis of teaching the English curriculum to children in the middle years (NSW Stages 2 and 3, grades 3, 4, 5 and 6). The emphasis will be on developing children's critical comprehension and imaginative composition through strategies that encourage creative response to and close study of literary texts. Understanding how to assess a child's strengths and needs in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing through assessment for learning, assessment as learning and assessment of learning will also be an important component of this unit.

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Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/wk for 9 wks, 1x1-hr workshop/wk for 5 wks, 1x2-hr workshop/wk for 5 wks


literature circle assignment (40%) and drama based response assignment (50%) and quiz (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

120 credit points

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.