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Catholic Education South Australia

Inquiry Questions

How are characters portrayed in different ways?

What are some different ways authors represent similar storylines, ideas and relationships?

How do authors convey details or information about social, cultural and historical contexts?



Victoria State Government Education and Training

This sequence of lessons uses the modelling phase of the teaching and learning cycle to focus on a close reading of the description of Roald Dahl’s character Mr Twit.  Knowledge about language developed through this detailed reading can later be used to support students’ writing.  

Link: Year 3-6 Character Development 


Reading Australia

Reading Australia was created by the not-for-profit Copyright Agency with the goal of making it easier for teachers, through their passion and skills, to spread a love for Australian texts.  

This link provides access to quality and insightful resources to support all teachers of English in bringing Australia’s rich and unique literature into classrooms. 

Link: Reading Australia 


Five Times Dizzy: Unit of Work Suitable For AC

Years 3 and 4.

Five Times Dizzy is a suitable novel to explore with middle primary children and provides rich opportunities to develop understandings of the concepts of family and multicultural communities. This text allows teachers to explore sensitively the issues of tolerance and prejudice. 

Link: Five Times Dizzy

Australian Curriculum Lessons: Understanding Characters

In this lesson students will learn how to create more in-depth characters.  They learn that we don’t have to write the literal information for our readers to understand and create pictures of our characters.  A great lesson for extending students. 

Link: Understanding Characters

Scholastic: Character Scrapbook

Use this fun interactive activity to help students analyse characters in any book and create scrapbook pages they can print. 

Link: Character Scrapbook