Stage 2 reading - Exploring perspective

Learning intention

Students will learn about perspective and how to identify an author’s perspective in a text.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-RECOM-01: reads and comprehends texts for wide purposes using knowledge of text structures and language, and by monitoring comprehension
  • EN2-UARL-01: identifies and describes how ideas are represented in literature and strategically uses similar representations when creating texts

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: draws inferences and explains using background knowledge or text features (e.g. infers character’s feelings from actions) (comprehension); identifies parts of text used to answer literal and inferential questions (process)

  • UnT7: reads and views predictable texts (see Text Complexity) (comprehension); draws inferences and identifies supporting evidence in the text (comprehension)

  • UnT8:· reads and views some moderately complex texts (see Text Complexity) (comprehension); draws inferences and verifies using text evidence (comprehension); identifies and explains techniques used to present perspective (e.g. emotive or descriptive language, order in which ideas are presented) (process)

  • UnT9: draws inferences, synthesising clues and evidence across a text (comprehension); identifies language used to create tone or atmosphere (V)

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

What is perspective?

Students discuss and define ‘perspective’ and learn to view the world and texts through different lenses.

What is your perspective?

Students learn how values, beliefs and personal experiences form perspectives.

Differing perspectives

Students discuss and role play to develop an understanding of why perspectives differ.

Author perspective

Students learn to identify an author’s perspective and purpose in writing.

Author perspective through images

Students identify key elements of visual literacy which reveal author perspective.

Get to the heart

Students use a text to discover author perspective.

Understanding what to look for to identify an author’s perspective

Students learn how to search for clues in an informative text to identify an author’s perspective

Comparing two texts to understand author perspective

Students deepen their exploration of author perspective by comparing two texts on the same topic.

Understanding author perspective within a video text

Students deepen their understanding of author perspective within a visual/video text through a guided reading and listening task.


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