Stage 3 reading - Evaluating sources

Learning intention

Students will learn to evaluate the accuracy of sources. They will explore the tools and techniques used to add authority to texts and what to look for to assess credibility.

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
  • 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: evaluates the accuracy within and across texts on the same topic (comprehension); skims and scans texts for key words to track the development of ideas (process)

  • UnT9: identifies the main themes or concepts in complex texts by synthesising key ideas or information(comprehension); summarises the text identifying key details only (comprehension); selects reading/viewing strategies appropriate to reading purpose (e.g. scans text for evidence (process)

  • UnT10: analyses the techniques authors use to position readers (comprehension)

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.

What is fact and what is opinion?

Students learn the differences between fact and opinion.

Behind the scenes

Students learn how images, quotes and references impact on authority, validity and credibility.

Tools and techniques

Students use various criteria to evaluate credibility of text samples.

Through different lenses

Students review an advertisement and recreate it from a different point of view.


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