Stage 2 reading - Characterisation

Learning focus

Students will learn to identify character traits as well as infer traits through actions and behaviours.

Syllabus outcome

  • 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: draws inferences and explains using background knowledge or text features (infers feelings character’s feelings from actions) (comprehension); locates specific information in a predictable text or a given set of digital sources (comprehension); identifies parts of text used to answer literal and inferential questions (process)
  • UnT7: reads and views predictable texts and some moderately complex texts (see Text Complexity) (comprehension); answers inferential questions (comprehension); cites text evidence to support inferences (process)
  • UnT8: reads and views some moderately complex texts (see Text Complexity) (comprehension); poses and answers inferential questions (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: Connecting actions with traits

Students learn about observable and inferred traits (three activities).

Task 2: Inferring traits

Students match traits based on actions (two activities).

Task 3: Identifying characters

Students look at what determining a main character and the importance of relationships between characters (five activities).

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