Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Creating a eulogy

About this Illustration of Practice

The activity selected by the teacher in her year 9 English class introduces her students to a new literary device, the eulogy, and draws upon their prior understanding and knowledge of the plot and characters of a novel they have been studying.  In selecting a eulogy for study, the teacher broadens her students' understanding of literary genres as well as drawing upon her own and their lives to personalise and heighten the learning experience. She also incorporates pedagogically sound elements such as a PMI chart into the learning design to encourage deeper thinking in her students.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  1. What are the benefits and risks of personalising the teaching content by drawing upon your own or your students' lives and experiences?
  2. How can teachers design lessons or programs that develop learning, thinking and creativity?
Learning area
Year level
Year 9
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Gordonvale State High School
Year level
Year 9
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Gordonvale State High School is a rural secondary school located in the southern part of the Cairns district in Queensland. The school has approximately 700 students in years 8 to 12. At year 9, the teacher and her class have been studying a literary text in English and have been approaching it thematically. In selecting an activity that requires her students to construct a new literary text based upon a prior text, she is able to evaluate their understanding of theme, plot and character within the class novel.
Content provider
Education Services Australia

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