Stage 3 reading - Text features

Learning focus

Students learn to identify features in text which impact meaning, including exclamation marks, inverted commas and quotation marks.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-9B uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when responding to and composing texts.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT8: uses knowledge of the features and conventions of the type of text to build meaning (recognises that the beginning of a persuasive text may introduce the topic and the line of argument) (comprehension)
  • UnT9: analyses language and visual features in texts using metalanguage (paragraph, apostrophe, camera angle) (vocabulary)

NAPLAN item descriptors

The relevant NAPLAN item descriptors are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Full task descriptions are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task 1: Quotation marks

Students learn about the role of quotation marks as indicators of direct or quoted speech (four activities)

Task 2: Quotation marks in informative and persuasive texts

Students learn about the role of quotation marks in informative and persuasive texts (two activities)

Task 3: Inverted commas to draw reader’s attention to words

Students determine the purpose of inverted commas in a range on contexts (five activities).

Task 4: Exclamation marks

Students analyse what effect exclamation marks have on readers and why authors use them (three activities).

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