Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Figurative language

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher plans for, implements, and reflects on a literacy lesson about figurative language. Planning involved choosing appropriate resources to support four groups who participate in the activity. Specific resources, including ICT, were selected to suit the abilities and interests of the students within the groups. The teacher establishes the learning that takes place within a broader learning sequence and articulates how the activity relates to improvements in students’ writing and their capacity to progress to future curriculum content at the level/s at which they are operating.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
  1. How do you locate and select suitable resources for your students?
  2. Do you have a process for how engaging and effective resources are shared between colleagues and how are they catalogued?
  3. Have you considered asking students to help you find relevant and engaging resources?
Learning area
Year level
Year 5
Ivanhoe East Primary School
Year level
Year 5
Year 6
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Stage of schooling
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The class is a year 5/6 composite, with 16 grade 6 and 11 grade 5 students. Within the class, one student is on the autism spectrum while a number of students have auditory issues. Most students in the class are working at or above their curriculum level. The lesson on figurative language follows a sequence of lessons about how authors use figurative language to enhance their writing. In writing workshops students have also been exploring how figurative language can be used to grab the reader’s attention. Following these lessons, students will progress to narrative writing.
Content provider
Education Services Australia

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