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Secondary Year 7 – Year 10: English

Human Rights Examples for the Australian Curriculum: Secondary
Year 7 – Year 10


Code Content Description Human Rights Example
  • Understand the way language evolves to reflect a changing world, particularly in response to the use of new technology for presenting texts and communicating.
  • Exploring language and dialects that students speak within a local school environment.
  • Exploring the linguistic diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Framework as a guide.
  • Compare the ways that language and images are used to create character, and to influence emotions and opinions in different types of texts.
  • Identifying and challenging gender stereotypes in girls and women’s magazines and popular television programs.
  • Identifying and challenging racial and cultural stereotypes in popular Australian television programs.
  • Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts.
  • Building knowledge and understanding relating to the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and playwrights.
  • Identifying and explaining differences between point of view texts in different contexts. For example advertising and gender stereotypes or the different points of views relating to the rights of children and young people in immigration detention or juvenile justice centres.
  • Reflect on ideas and opinions about characters, settings and events in literary texts, identifying areas of agreement and difference with others and justifying a point of view.
  • Including compassion and human rights respecting values in the criteria for heroism.
  • Comparing personal viewpoints on texts that have human rights themes such as media reports on homelessness or children in immigration detention.
  • Discuss aspects of texts, for example their aesthetic and social value, using relevant and appropriate metalanguage.
  • Discussing aspects of texts that have human rights and social justice themes and consider their social value using appropriate meta language.
  • Analyse and explain the effect of technological innovations on texts, particularly media texts.
  • Investigating the influence having greater access to written language through communicative technologies has had on the rights of people with a disability.
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing.
  • Preparing a presentation about an Australian human rights issue using print, visual and audio elements to explore and interpret ideas. Students can draw on knowledge and research using perspectives different from their own.


Code Content Description Human Rights Example
  • Understand how conventions of speech adopted by communities influence the identities of people in those communities.
  • Understanding how cultural diversity is formed and represented by linguistic diversity.
  • Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups.
  • Investigating texts by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in order to explore a diversity of viewpoints on a range of human rights issues.
  • Understand and explain how combinations of words and images in texts are used to represent particular groups in society, and how texts position readers in relation to those groups.
  • Identifying how combinations of words and images in texts can be used to create stereotypes about particular groups including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people, women and people from refugee backgrounds.
  • Recognise and explain differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and concerns represented in texts.
  • Analysing arguments for and against a human rights issue such as racism, refugees, violence against women and homelessness.
  • Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication.
  • Analysing how identity is created using social media such as Facebook and explore bystander approaches to cyberbullying by investigating the Australian Human Rights Commission BackMeUp campaign.
  • Interpret the stated and implied meanings in spoken texts, and use evidence to support or challenge different perspectives.
  • Exploring parliamentary speeches about a human rights issue such as same sex marriage and the rights of refugees. Within these texts, identify the intended audience as well as the intention of the piece and how this is reflected in the language and tone.
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints.
  • Researching a human rights issue such as homelessness or gender equality and equal pay and present ideas to different audiences such as peers, parents or an employer.


Code Content Description Human Rights Example
  • Understand that roles and relationships are developed and challenged through language and interpersonal skills.
  • Identifying how language can be used to include or exclude people and how to use language that is inclusive and non-discriminatory.
  • Interpret and compare how representations of people and culture in literary texts are drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts.
  • Analysing literary texts about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex young people or children in immigration detention and consider the different ways these texts represent people.
  • Analyse how the construction and interpretation of texts, including media texts, can be influenced by cultural perspectives and other texts.
  • Comparing and analysing perspectives about cultural diversity and racism in different types of media in Australia such as commercial print, television and public broadcasting.
  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts.
  • Debating the reliability of media reporting of a human rights issue relating to refugees and asylum seekers comparing the perspectives of the asylum seekers with Australian, Papua New Guinea and Indonesian media coverage.


Code Content Description Human Rights Example
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features.
  • Presenting arguments about maintaining a balance in the biosphere to protect human rights.
  • Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people.
  • Identifying that language enables discrimination against people with a disability or discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or race.
  • Identifying how assertive language can be used to help protect a person from unwanted behaviour such as harassment.
  • Compare and evaluate a range of representations of individuals and groups in different historical, social and cultural contexts.
  • Recasting Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, or refugees and asylum seekers, from victims to survivors who have overcome incredible odds to survive.
  • Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts.
  • Examining a current human rights issue, such as freedom of expression, refugees and asylum seekers or the experiences of intersex or transgender children.
  • Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices.
  • Questioning the representation and stereotypes of people based on their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Questioning the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and refugees and asylum seekers in the media.
  • Identify and explore the purposes and effects of different text structures and language features of spoken texts, and use this knowledge to create purposeful texts that inform, persuade and engage.
  • Identifying prejudice and stereotypes of people from different cultures and backgrounds and challenging these stereotypes.
  • Identify and analyse implicit or explicit values, beliefs and assumptions in texts and how these are influenced by purposes and likely audiences.
  • Understanding how purpose and audience of text can reveal prejudiced beliefs or stereotypical assumptions.
  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues.
  • Exploring models of sustained texts created for persuasive purposes related to human rights concerns, such as freedom of expression and censorship in China, poor working conditions in Bangladesh or India’s caste system.