Stage 5 reading - Evaluating sources

Learning focus

Students will learn to identify and evaluate the accuracy and validity of a statement in a range of texts. Students will explore credibility and validity of sources.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN5-2A: effectively uses and critically assesses a wide range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing a wide range of texts in different media and technologies

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT9: evaluates text for relevance to purpose and audience (comprehension); analyses how language in texts serve different purposes (identifies how descriptive language is used differently in informative and persuasive texts) (see Grammar) (process)
  • UnT10: evaluates the effectiveness of language forms and features used in moderately complex or some sophisticated texts (comprehension); evaluates the reasoning and evidence in a persuasive text (comprehension)
  • UnT11: analyses the credibility and validity of primary and secondary sources (comprehension); evaluates the style of a text (comprehension)
  • identifies contradictions and inconsistencies in texts (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: What is fact and what is fiction?

Students evaluate what is fact and what is opinion in various texts (four activities).

Task 2: Conspiracy theories – Fact or fiction

Students investigate different perspectives and evaluate sources (three activities).

Task 3: Arguing your case

Students present a case for a controversial topic using a reliable corroborating source (three activities).

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