Stage 2 reading - Author perspective

Learning focus

Students will learn to identify author perspective in texts. Students will learn to find evidence in the text to understand author perspective

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-1A: communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts
  • EN2-4A: uses an increasing range of skills, strategies and knowledge to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on increasingly challenging topics in different media and technologies
  • 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); identifies parts of text used to answer literal and inferential questions (process)
  • UnT7: identifies the purpose of predictable texts and moderately complex texts (comprehension); answers inferential questions (comprehension); ·cites text evidence to support inferences (process)
  • UnT8: identifies author’s perspective (comprehension); explains how authors use evidence and supporting detail in texts (comprehension); identifies language features used to present opinions or points of view (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 and accompanying resources are included in the resource, available for download on this page

Task 1: Fact and opinion

Students identify and discuss sentences containing facts and opinions (two activities).

Task 2: Purpose and tone

Students review the key attributes of persuasive, imaginative and informative text, design and anchor chart and discuss audiences (three activities).

Task 3: Tone

Students practice different tone of voices using various phrases. Students look for clues in text to indicate the tone of the author and brainstorm words that describe tone and sort into categories (three activities).

Task 4: Mood

Students use images and text examples to discuss the mood they evoke for the viewer (three activities).

Task 5: Theme

Students review idea of ‘theme’ as a central message of short texts and film shorts (two activities).

Task 6: Finding evidence in text

Students discuss and define ‘perspective’ and use texts to investigate author perspective (five activities).

Task 7: Author perspective through images

Students key elements of visual literacy (one activity).

Task 8: Get to the heart

Students use a text to discover author perspective (two activities).

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