Stage 2 reading - Text features

Learning intention

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

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-RECOM-01: reads and comprehends texts for wide purposes using knowledge of text structures and language, and by monitoring comprehension

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: uses phrasing and punctuation to support reading for meaning (e.g. noun, verb and adjectival groups) (see Fluency and Grammar) (process)

  • UnT7: identifies language and text features that signal purpose in a predictable text (e.g. diagrams, dialogue) (process)

  • UnT8: uses knowledge of the features and conventions of the type of text to build meaning (e.g. recognises that the beginning of a persuasive text may introduce the topic and the line of argument) (process); uses sophisticated punctuation to support meaning (e.g. commas to separate clauses in complex sentences) (process)

  • UnT9: evaluates text features for relevance to purpose and audience (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.

Types of fonts for emphasis

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

Bracketed information

Students identify examples of bracket use and how authors use them to add extra information.

Punctuation for effect

Students learn how boundary punctuation impacts our voice when reading.

Exclamation marks in action!

Students learn how exclamation marks create mood and tone in texts and how this creates meaning.  


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