Powerful youth voices

This teaching and learning program, resource and sample assessment has been designed for Term 1 of Year 7. It provides opportunities for the teacher to develop rapport with their class while getting to know their needs, interests and abilities.

It can be used as a basis for the teacher’s own program, or be used as an example of how the English K–10 Syllabus could be implemented. The resource should be used with timeframes created by the teacher to meet the overall schedules of assessment.

The following is an outline of some of the ways this program can be used. Teachers can:

  • use the teaching and learning program as a model and make modifications reflective of contextual needs
  • examine the teaching and learning program, assessment notification and resource booklet during faculty meetings and planning days and collaboratively refine them based on faculty or school goals
  • examine the materials during faculty meetings and planning days and collaboratively plan opportunities for team teaching, collaborative resource development, mentoring, lesson observation and the sharing of student samples
  • use the program, assessment practices and syllabus planning as an opportunity to backward map Years 10–7.

In the Year 7 program 'Powerful youth voices', students develop an awareness of how an engaging writing voice can be used to effectively communicate ideas that are important to young people.

Focusing on memoirs and performance poetry, this program supports students to appreciate the connection between style and a strong personal voice. Students then compose with an awareness of audience, purpose and context in order to have a powerful impact on their audience.


English K–10 Syllabus (2022) © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2024.


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