Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

What makes a good review?

About this Illustration of Practice

This learning sequence is specifically targeted at skill building and developing student confidence in regard to critically analysing and then writing a review. The teacher poses the question, ‘What makes a good review?’ and then uses a ‘gradual release of responsibility’ model to assist students in gaining a critical understanding of the features of review writing, including language, tone and structure.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.2
Content selection and organisation
Career stage
Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.
  1. How does a teacher demonstrate knowledge of content selection and organisation to improve student learning?
  2. What strategies might a teacher use to engage students during the learning sequence?
Learning area
Year level
Year 7
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Ogilvie High School
Year level
Year 7
Stage of schooling
School type
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The students in the class, for which the lesson sequence was developed, were from a diverse range of backgrounds. In developing, and scaffolding the learning activities within the sequence, the teacher structured the learning to enable students from a variety of backgrounds to grasp key English procedural and conceptual knowledge. The approach used by the teacher includes a range of text types.
Content provider
Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)

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