Stage 3 reading - Evaluating sources

Learning focus

Students learn to evaluate the accuracy of sources, understand 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: 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: identifies the main themes or concepts in moderately complex texts (comprehension); summarises the text identifying key details (comprehension); selects reading/viewing pathways appropriate to reading purpose - scans text for key phrase or close reading for learning (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.

Task 1: What is fact and what is opinion?

Students learn the differences between fact and opinion (two activities).

Task 2: Behind the scenes

Students learn how images, quotes and references impact on authority, validity and credibility (two activities).

Task 3: Tools and techniques

Students use various criteria to evaluate credibility of text samples (four activities).

Task 4: Through different lenses

Students review an advertisement and recreate it from a different point of view (one activity).

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