Stage 2 reading - Literal comprehension

Learning intention

Students will learn to use a range of texts to locate and interpret directly stated information. Students will use the strategy of scanning to quickly identify the main ideas in a text, and skimming to find key words to respond to literal comprehension tasks

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

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: reads and views simple texts and some predictable texts (see Text Complexity) (comprehension); locates specific information in a predictable text or a given set of digital sources (comprehension); recounts or describes the most relevant details from a text (comprehension); identifies parts of a text used to answer literal and inferential questions (process)
  • UnT7: uses common signposting devices such as headings, subheadings, paragraphs, navigation bars and links to navigate texts (process)
  • UnT8: uses knowledge of the features and convention of the type of text to build meaning (recognises that the beginning of a persuasive text may introduce the topic and the line of argument) (process); skims and scans texts for key words to identify the main idea (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.

Task 1: Locating directly stated information in imaginative texts

Students are introduced to literal questions in texts (three activities).

Task 2: Skimming and scanning

Students practise skimming and scanning techniques to find the main idea in texts (three activities).

Task 3: Locating directly stated information in texts

Students predict what they think a text might be about, using pictures and title to guide ideas (six activities).

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