This resource provides a model for a way to present a rationale in writing and the language that can be used to indicate you are rationalising or justifying. A rationale is when you are asked to give the reasoning or justification for an action or a choice you make. It is a set of statements of purpose and significance and often addresses a gap or a need. A rationale in Australian academic writing is rarely a whole task by itself. It is often a part of a bigger task. For example, a part of a lesson plan might be to provide a rationale for why you chose to teach particular content or use a certain resource or activity, or you may be asked to provide a rationale as to why you chose a particular theory to apply or a concept to support.
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Consider the changing historical, cultural and social context in which particular texts are written and revised. Students are asked to understands the context of the production of a given text, and compare that context to the way the text is understood today, or at another time. For example I considered the changing historical, cultural, and social context in which dahls short stories were written and received by exploring ideas of postmodernism, such as dark humor. How is it written? What is the text type?