Stage 2 reading - Exploring characters

Learning intention

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: scans texts to locate specific information in a predictable print text (comprehension); 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); uses morphological knowledge to explain words (e.g. help (e.g. base) + less (e.g. suffix) = helpless) (vocabulary)

  • UnT7: reads and views predictable texts (see Text complexity) (comprehension); draws inferences and identifies supporting evidence in the text (comprehension); interprets unfamiliar words using grammatical knowledge, morphological knowledge and etymological knowledge (vocabulary)
  • UnT8: reads and views some moderately complex texts (see Text complexity) (comprehension); draws inferences and verifies using text evidence (comprehension); understands precise meaning of words with similar connotations (e.g. generous, kind-hearted, charitable) (vocabulary)

  • UnT9: draws inferences, synthesising clues and evidence across a text (comprehension); uses processes such as predicting, confirming predictions, monitoring, and connecting relevant elements of the text to build or repair meaning (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.

Connecting actions with traits

Students learn about observable and inferred traits.

Inferring traits

Students match traits based on actions.

Identifying characters

Students look at what determines a main character and the importance of relationships between characters.

Making inferences about characters

Students learn how to make character inferences based on evidence in texts.


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