Stage 4 reading - Character perspective

Learning intention

Students will identify character feelings, perspective and motivation in narrative texts.

Syllabus outcome (2022)

  • EN4-RVL-01: uses a range of personal, creative and critical strategies to read texts that are complex in their ideas and construction
  • EN4-URA-01: analyses how meaning is created through the use of and response to language forms, features and structures

Syllabus outcome (2012)*

  • EN4-1A: Responds to and composes texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
  • EN4-2A: Effectively uses a widening range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing texts in different media and technologies
  • EN4-3B: Uses and describes language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts

*Note: Visit the Leading curriculum K-12 website for more information on the syllabus implementation timeline.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding Texts

  • UnT9: identifies different interpretations of the text citing evidence from a text (comprehension); selects reading/viewing strategies appropriate to reading purpose (e.g. scans text for evidence) (process); analyses language and visual features in texts using metalanguage (e.g. cohesion, interpretation, figurative) (vocabulary)

  • UnT10: synthesises relevant information from a variety of complex texts (comprehension); analyses how text features are used to support or conflate the point of view in the text (e.g. strategic use of images such as a cartoon in an editorial) (comprehension); selects reading/viewing pathways appropriate to reading purpose (scans text for key phrase or close reading for learning) (process)

  • UnT11: explains assumptions, beliefs and implicit values in texts (e.g. economic growth is always desirable) (comprehension); strategically adjusts the processes of reading and viewing to build meaning according to the demands of tasks and texts (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.


Students review first, second or third person then identify the narrative voice in a range of persuasive, imaginative and informative texts.

Analysing character in picture books

Students choose a character in a picture book and investigate the character’s feelings, motivations and the perspective they bring to the text.

Exploring character perspective through visual stimulus

Students explore a range of visual stimulus to develop understanding of a character’s feelings, motivations and perspective.

Analysing texts

Students read text excerpts, highlighting words and phrases that indicate character traits and determine the character’s feelings, perspective and motivation.


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