Stage 3 reading - Characterisation

Learning focus

Students learn to identify and infer character traits through actions and behaviours.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN3-3A: uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies.
  • EN3-5B: discusses how language is used to achieve a widening range of purposes for a widening range of audiences and contexts.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT7: recognises that texts can present different points of view (comprehension); identifies parts of text used to answer literal and inferential questions (process)
  • UnT8: reads and views predictable texts and some moderately complex texts - see text complexity (comprehension); answers inferential questions (comprehension); cites text evidence to support inferences (process)
  • UnT9: justifies an opinion or response by citing evidence from a text (comprehension)

NAPLAN item descriptors

The relevant NAPLAN item descriptors are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task outline

Full task descriptions are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task 1: Trait bank

Students categorise traits into visible or physical traits and emotional or behavioural traits using a 'bull's eye' graphic organiser (two activities).

Task 2: Bull’s eye

Students identify physical and emotional traits in characters from a given text (three activities).

Task 3: Matching actions and traits

Students infer traits based on a character’s actions (four activities).

Task 4: DIAL into a character

Students use a ‘Description, Illustration, Actions and Language model (DIAL) to build a picture of the traits and actions of a character (one activity).

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