Fictional Friends

Fictional Friends

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Persuasive writing
  • Text Analysis
  • Economic
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Systems Thinking
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson is designed to be completed both independently by students and in groups. Students can complete many of the activities alone. However, the final activities require collaboration with other students, peers or with adults.

In this lesson, students learn the value of fictional characters for their social and emotional health. After identifying key benefits of ‘socialising’ with characters, students make connections between their world and the literary world of texts they enjoy. Students are supported to write a text that includes their favourite fictional character. Students are then encouraged to create literary communities, through discussions with friends, surveys and tips for starting a book club.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn to use images to portray the meanings of words
  • learn to summarise through the use of guiding questions
  • learn to use a character from a text in your own writing
  • learn how to socialise through the use of texts.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • transform a definition into images
  • answer questions to create a summary
  • use textual details to transfer a fictional character into your writing
  • work with others to discuss and enjoy texts.

Lesson guides and printables

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Year 7 English:

  • Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625)
  • Discuss aspects of texts, for example their aesthetic and social value, using relevant and appropriate metalanguage (ACELT1803)
  • Reflect on ideas and opinions about characters, settings and events in literary texts, identifying areas of agreement and difference with others and justifying a point of view (ACELT1620)

Year 8 English:

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

General capabilities: LiteracyEthical Understanding, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Background information:
We are living through unprecedented times and our lives have been forced to change almost overnight as a result of COVID-19. The rapid change to the way we must live, work and interact has seen a rapid uptake in new technologies that allow us to remain connected to family, friends and colleagues.

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Additional info

This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Conversation. The Conversation’s mission is to be known as a prominent and trusted publisher of new thinking and evidence-based research, editorially independent and free of commercial or political bias. The Conversation hopes teachers will use their content as a source of truthful information, and that teachers can show their students the importance of trusted, evidence-based information in understanding the world around them and making informed decisions about their actions.

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