Stage 2 reading: Text features

Learning focus

Students learn to identify features in text which impact and emphasise meaning, including italics, punctuation and brackets.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-9B uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when responding to and composing texts

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: discusses the vocabulary and visual features of texts (vocabulary)
  • UnT7: identifies simple language and text features that signal purpose (diagrams, dialogue) (process)
  • UnT8: uses knowledge of the features and conventions 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) (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: Types of font

Student identify how authors use different types of font style to draw attention to vocabulary for different purposes (seven activities).

Task 2: Bracketed information

Students identify examples of bracket use and how authors use them to add extra information (six activities).

Task 3: Punctuation for effect

Students learn how boundary punctuation impacts our voice when reading (three activities).

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