Stage 4 reading - Text features

Learning focus

Students learn to identify and analyse specific language features within different types of text.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN4-1A: responds to and composes texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
  • EN4-3B: uses and describes language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT9: justifies an opinion or response by citing evidence from a text (comprehension); uses knowledge of a broader range of cohesive devices to track meaning (paragraph markers, topic sentences) - see 'grammar' (process)
  • UnT10: evaluates the effectiveness of language forms and features used in moderately complex or some sophisticated texts (comprehension); applies and articulates criteria to evaluate the structure, purpose or content of a text (process)
  • UnT11: navigates digital texts to efficiently locate precise information that supports the development of new understandings (process)

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: Brackets

Students complete brackets matching activities, linking definition, use and example (three activities).

Task 2: Punctuation in context

Students analyse how punctuation is used to impact meaning for the reader (two activities).

Task 3: Font choice

Student identify how authors use different types of font style to draw attention to vocabulary for different purposes (one activity).

Task 4: Identifying features of types of text

Students identify key features of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts (three activities).

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