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Students explore how people cope when their survival is under threat. The theme is the context to support students in developing group work, reading and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes | Teaching and Learning | Assessment and Evaluation | Printing Version

Writer: Sean Hawthorne
Year level 9-10
Who are my learners and what do they already know? See Using Inquiry to Plan Secondary English Programmes
School curriculum outcomes How your school’s principles, values, or priorities will be developed through this unit

Learning Outcomes

 (What do my students need to learn)

Curriculum achievement objectives (AOs) for:  

Processes and strategies

Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies purposefully and confidently to identify, form, and express increasingly sophisticated ideas:

  • selects and uses appropriate processing and comprehension strategies with confidence
  • thinks critically about texts with understanding and confidence
  • monitors, self-evaluates, and describes progress, articulating learning with confidence. 

Purposes and audiences

Show a developed understanding of how texts are shaped for different purposes and audiences.

  • recognises, understands, and considers how texts are constructed for a range of purposes, audiences, and situations


Show an understanding of ideas within, across, and beyond texts.

  • makes meaning by understanding increasingly comprehensive ideas in texts and the links between them
  • makes and supports inferences from texts independently. 

Language features

Show an understanding of how language features are used for effect within and across texts.

  • uses an increasing vocabulary to make meaning
  • understands how a range of text conventions work together to create meaning and effect


Show an understanding of a range of structures.

  • identifies and understands the characteristics and conventions of a range of text forms and considers how they contribute to and affect text meaning.

Teaching and Learning

 (What do I need to know and do?)

1-2 related professional readings or links to relevant research

Effective Practices in Teaching Writing in NZ Secondary Schools 

Using inquiry to plan secondary English programmes

Learning task 1
Learning task 2
Learning task 3
Learning task 4
Learning task 5

Assessment and Evaluation

 (What is the impact of my teaching and learning?)

Formative and/or Summative assessment task(s), including how will feedback be provided  

Provision for identifying next learning steps for students who need:

  • further learning opportunities
  • increased challenge

This piece of writing should be an integrated part of the year’s writing programme.

Effective Practices in Teaching Writing in NZ Secondary Schools

Tools or ideas which, for example might be used to evaluate:

  • progress of the class and groups within it
  • student engagement

leading to :

  • changes to the sequence
  • addressing teacher learning needs
See Using Inquiry to Plan Secondary English Programmes

Printing this unit:

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Published on: 18 Jan 2011