This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to write a variety of written material for young children aged between three and nine years. Writers for children work on a wide range of texts with limited words and concepts. These include, but are not limited to, picture books, board books, rhyming and free verse works, magazines, chapter books, animations, short TV shows and series and both fiction and nonfiction books and series. It applies to writers for young children who draw on a range of experiences, observations and research. The process involves conception, drafting, seeking feedback and redrafting with special consideration of this particular audience.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the ability to write at least two texts for young children (each of 500 words or more) in different forms (e.g. picture book, chapter book, short nonfiction text, performance script, web-based content with other media included) and for each text: - determine appropriate style and form of output according to the text's purpose; - conduct required planning and research to write the text; - develop timelines for completion of the text; - determine appropriateness of illustrations to support written text; - write original material using technique, form, style, structure, perspective and voice appropriate to the publication media and the requirements of the text; - proofread and edit draft material to meet standards for publication; - collect feedback on draft text from appropriate sources and amend in response to feedback; - comply with relevant copyright and intellectual property requirements, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for writing tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - forms and text types including but not limited to: picture book story, picture book in verse, chapter book, short nonfiction text, performance script, and web-based content; - use of appropriate illustrations and other visual elements to accompany and support written text; - techniques, stylistic and cultural contexts, purpose and audience which contribute to various forms of children's text; - types of media used to present children's texts, including the particular characteristics of each media type; - basic proofreading and editing techniques, including the use of style guides; - copyright and intellectual property requirements as they relate to writing and publishing, and; - basic operations of word-processing software used to produce, edit and track changes in written material.

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