Stage 3 reading - Compare and contrast

Learning focus

Students learn the difference between comparing and contrasting texts as well as applying these understandings in text analysis.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN3-5B: discusses how language is used to achieve a widening range of purposes for a widening range of audiences and contexts
  • EN3-7C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and ideas and identifies connections between texts when responding to and composing texts.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT8: skims and scans texts for key words to identify main idea (process); evaluates the accuracy of texts on the same topic or texts that present differing points of view or information (comprehension)
  • UnT9: compares and contrasts the use of visual elements in multimodal texts with similar purposes (comprehension); summarises the text identifying key details (comprehension); classifies ideas or information for a set task or purpose (comprehension); distils information from a number of sources according to task and purpose (uses graphic organisers) (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 and accompanying resources are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task 1: Contrasting texts

Students learn the importance of identifying audience, vocabulary, purpose, audience and potential bias of a text (three activities).

Task 2: Comparing texts

Students use a range of techniques to learn to compare and contrast texts (six activities).

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