Stage 3 reading - Audience and purpose

Learning intention

Students will have opportunities to identify the purpose and audience of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN3-5B: Discusses how language is used to achieve a widening range of purposes for a widening range of audiences and contexts.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT8: explains how authors use evidence and supporting detail in texts (comprehension)
  • UnT9: evaluates text for relevance to purpose and audience (comprehension); classifies ideas or information for a set task or purpose (comprehension); analyses how language in texts serves different purpose (process)
  • UnT10: applies and articulates criteria to evaluate the structure, purpose or content of a text (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.

Identifying purpose and audience

Students identify the purpose and audience of signs and notices in their environment and create a collaborative guide to identify the purpose of texts.

Analysing texts for purpose and audience

Students categorise information in texts according to purpose, intended audience, vocabulary used and included subject matter.

Analysing persuasive texts for purpose and audience

Students identify the purpose and audience of persuasive texts and closely examine how language features and word choice support the purpose of the text.

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