Lesson Seven: ‘Jirrbal, Rainforest Dreamtime

Stories’ – Word Wall Bingo

Estimated Timing

60 minutes
Lesson Objectives

Australian Curriculum:

English / Year 6 / Literature / Examining literature /
ACELT1616
Content Description:
Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences
between texts, including those by the same author or
illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author’s
individual style.
Elaboration:
exploring two or more texts by the same author, drawing out
the similarities, for example subject or theme,
characterisation, text structure, plot development, tone,
vocabulary, sense of voice, narrative point of view, favoured
grammatical structures and visual techniques in sophisticated
picture books

English / Year 6 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing,
evaluating / ACELY1801
Content Description:
Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers
Elaboration:
identify how authors use language to position the reader and
give reasons

Humanities and Social Sciences / History / Year 6 /
Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Australia as a
nation / ACHHK116
Content Description:
The contribution of individuals and groups, including
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and migrants, to
the development of Australian society, for example in areas
such as the economy, education, science, the arts, sport.
Elaboration:
considering notable individuals in Australian public life across
a range of fields (for example the arts, science, sport,
education), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people, a range of cultural and social groups, and women and
men drawn from the Australian Living Treasures list or from
the Australian Dictionary of Biography)
QCAA:



Use text-processing strategies
when viewing and reading,
including:
• connecting to prior knowledge
about the author and specific
learning area content
• questioning, crosschecking and
reviewing texts to identify point
of view
• using literal and inferred
information to draw conclusions
about significant concepts,
arguments or descriptions (VR6
iii)



Use interaction and communication
skills to contribute to informal
debates and discussions by:
• interrogating and analysing ideas
• evaluating information and
comparing solutions
• repairing breakdowns in
discussion
• offering explanations and
describing processes (LS6 v)



Identify the purpose, content,
context, text structure and writer–
reader relationships when writing
and creating learning area texts
(WC6 i)


Classroom
Organisation
Whole class, teacher led
Individual work

Resources 27 x Culture Journal (Blank, lined workbooks)
28 x Jirrbal, Rainforest Dreamtime Stories (27 student copies, 1
teacher copy)
Cardboard pieces for word wall
Bingo Worksheet (Resource Three)


Learning Experiences
1. Begin lesson by acknowledging traditional owners of the land.
2. Discuss text ‘Jirrbal, Rainforest Dreamtime Stories’ (Barlow, 2012).
What text did we examine last lesson?
What phenomena was the text attempting to explain?
What strategies did the author use to maintain reader interest?
3. As a group, read the additional excerpts included by the author. Discuss why this information
was included.
What does the author want the reader to learn and understand?
4. Examine what strategies the author used to maintain reader’s interest throughout the entirety
of the text.
5. Students are to record a personal reflection in their Culture Journal. The reflection needs to:
- Summarise the text
- Discuss the strategies employed by the author throughout the book. Students may need to
refer to previous reflections.
6. Teacher to hand out Bingo Worksheet whilst students are silently working. When they have
completed their reflections, teacher is to inform students that they will be playing Bingo, using
the words depicted from the word wall. Students are to choose nine words.
7. If there is time, class is to participate in another round of Bingo.