TERM 2 - Once Upon A Time

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Who doesn’t like a good story? Storytelling is a rich tradition around the world. Stories are used to pass on knowledge, beliefs and lessons in life. Through this unit students will explore a variety of tales and stories from different cultures (including the Wurundjeri people), times and perspectives. They will explore ways of creating imaginative stories in different ways, such as role-playing, digital story telling, reading, writing, and oral story telling. They will become aware of the various elements within the structure of a tale and be able to identify the life lessons in the story and relate these to themselves.

Focus Questions

  • What is a story?

  • Where do stories come from?

  • What is the purpose of stories?

  • What is the difference between real and make-believe?

  • What different types of traditional stories are there? e.g. fairytales, fables, creation myths, dreamtime stories, folklore.

  • What can we infer from a particular story? (perspective, time, beliefs, social conditions, etc)

  • How can stories help us in our lives?  (life lessons)

  • How does fantasy and magic play an important part in stories?

  • What are the structures and features of a story?

  • What are the characteristics of good and evil characters contained within stories?

  • How do traditional and modern stories differ?

  • Why are stories still being “told” today?

  • Why do we keep creating new versions/stories?