Stage 2 reading - Text structure

Learning intention

Students will learn to identify specific structural and language features within types of text. Students will learn to identify genre in a range of imaginative, persuasive and informative texts.

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: describes the purpose of informative, imaginative and persuasive texts (comprehension)
  • UnT7: identifies the purpose of predictable texts and moderately complex texts (comprehension); 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); identifies language features used to present opinions or points of view (process).

NAPLAN item descriptors

The relevant NAPLAN item descriptors are included in the PDF resource, available for download on this page.

Task outline

Full task descriptions and accompanying resources are available for download in PDF format the download box on this page.

Task 1: Identifying theme in a narrative

Students determine the genre of both fiction and non-fiction picture books, short stories, article or short films (six activities).

Task 2: Identifying genre

Students use book covers and blurbs from a collection of books and categorise them into ‘fiction’ or ‘non-fiction’ (four activities).

Task 3: Features of narrative texts

Students identify the features of narrative texts (four activities).

Task 4: Features of informative texts

Students identify the features of informative texts (three activities).

Task 5: Features of persuasive texts

Students explore modal language (five activities).

Task 6: Which type of text am I?

Students identify different types of text and its effectiveness (three activities).

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