Stage 2 reading - Audience and purpose

Learning focus

Students identify the purpose and audience of texts and explore stereotypes and vernacular of particular audiences.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-8B: identifies and compares different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an understanding of purpose, audience and subject matter.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: describes the purpose of informative, imaginative and persuasive texts (comprehension)
  • UnT7: identifies the purpose of predictable texts and moderately complex texts (process); and identifies simple language and text features that signal purpose (diagrams, dialogue) (process)
  • UnT8: explains how authors use evidence and supporting detail in texts (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: What is the purpose?

Identify and discuss purpose in different examples of signs, text and images (four activities).

Task 2: Knowing my audience

Consider how to convey meaning to a specific audiences (five activities).

Task 3: Selling an idea to an audience

Students work in small groups to market a new product. Peers discuss overall effect in achieving intended purpose and reaching audience (two activities).


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