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-RECOM-01: fluently reads and comprehends texts for wide purposes, analysing text structures and language, and by monitoring comprehension
  • EN3-UARL-02: analyses representations of ideas in literature through narrative, character, imagery, symbol and connotation, and adapts these representations when creating texts

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT8: identifies and explains techniques used to present perspective (e.g. emotive or descriptive language, order in which ideas are presented); explains how authors use evidence and supporting detail to build and verify ideas (comprehension); identifies language features used to present opinions or points of view (process)

  • UnT9: identifies different interpretations of the text citing evidence from a text (comprehension); analyses the use of language appropriate to different types of texts (e.g. compare the use of pun in imaginative and persuasive texts) (comprehension); uses processes such as predicting, confirming predictions, monitoring, and connecting relevant elements of the text to build or repair meaning (process); identifies language used to create tone or atmosphere (vocabulary) 

  • UnT10: analyses the author’s perspectives in complex or some highly complex 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 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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