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The Firefighter Story – International Women's Day

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A story and accompanying worksheet that explores issues regarding female gender stereotypes.

Use this teaching resource with students to promote a discussion about female gender stereotypes.

The story follows a firefighter who rescues a boy from a burning house. It is up to the students to determine the gender of the firefighter.

Read the story aloud to students or print them a copy and use it as an individual reading activity.

Two versions of the worksheet are included. One targeted at upper year levels and the other for lower years.

Use this resource in conjunction with the Female Gender Stereotypes Fact Sheet.

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELT1581

    Discuss how authors create characters using language and imagesElaborationsidentifying similarities between texts from different cultural traditions, for example representations of dragons in traditional European and Asian texts (Skills: Literacy, Cr...

  • ACELT1584

    Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different textsElaborationsexamining different types of literature including traditional tales, humorous stories and poetry (...

  • ACELT1587

    Discuss how depictions of characters in print, sound and images reflect the contexts in which they were createdElaborationsexploring iconography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Inte...

  • ACELT1591

    Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different waysElaborationsdescribing features of text settings including time, colours used to portray year, season, and place (count...

  • ACELT1594

    Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasonsElaborationsreading texts in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children/young people are the central character...

  • ACELT1599

    Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrativeElaborationsidentifying and discussing the use of descriptive adjectives (‘in the middle of a va...

  • ACELT1602

    Make connections between the ways different authors may represent similar storylines, ideas and relationshipsElaborationscommenting on how authors have established setting and period in different cultures and times and the relevance of characters, ac...

  • ACELT1605

    Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tensionElaborationsexamining the author’s description of a c...

  • ACELT1608

    Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contextsElaborationsdescribing how aspects of literature, for example visuals, symbolic elements, dialogue and character descriptio...

  • ACELT1610

    Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responsesElaborationsidentifying the narrative voice (the person or entity through whom the audience experience...

  • ACELT1613

    Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contextsElaborationsrecognising the influence our different historical, social and cu...

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