Stage 3 reading - Understanding perspective

Learning intention

Students will learn to identify and understand author perspective in texts. Students will learn find evidence in the text to understand author perspective.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN3-3A uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT8: identifies author’s perspective (comprehension); explains how authors use evidence and supporting detail in texts (comprehension); identifies language features used to present opinions or points of view (process)
  • UnT9: identifies how authors create a sense of playfulness (pun, alliteration) (comprehension); interprets point of view or perspective in a moderately complex text (comprehension)
  • UnT10: analyses the author’s perspectives in moderately complex or some sophisticated texts (comprehension)

NAPLAN item descriptors

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Task outline

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What is perspective?

Students learn to identify the attitudes, values and beliefs which influence perspective towards and within texts.

What is your perspective?

Students learn how their own values, beliefs and personal experiences form perspective and create a ‘lens’ that we see through.

Author perspective

Students examine evidence in texts to determine an author’s perspective.

Author purpose

Students categorise books into persuasive, informative or imaginative based on visual elements.


Students learn to identify clues in a text to indicate the tone of an author.


Students learn how mood is represented in texts.


Students read or view a range of short texts to identify the central theme.


Students learn to identify bias in texts when determining author perspective.

Identifying author perspective

Students determine an author’s perspective in a range of fiction, nonfiction and visual texts.

Finding perspectives

Students examine news articles to explore different perspectives on the same topic.

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