Stage 4 reading - Character perspective

Learning focus

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

Syllabus outcome

  • 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

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding Texts

  • UnT9: selects reading/viewing pathways appropriate to reading purpose (scans text for key phrase or close reading for learning (process)
  • UnT10: synthesises relevant information from a variety of complex texts (comprehension); selects reading/viewing pathways appropriate to reading purpose (scans text for key phrase or close reading for learning (process)
  • UnT11: derives a generalisation from abstract ideas in texts (comprehension); identifies relevant and irrelevant information in texts (process)

NAPLAN item descriptors

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Task outline

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

Task 1: Voice

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

Task 2: 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 (four activities).

Task 3: Analysing a visual stimulus

Using a nominated illustration, students identify what might be happening, predict what may happen next, and key characters in the text (five activities).

Task 4: Analysing texts

Students independently read text excerpts, highlighting words and phrases that indicate traits of the main character traits and determine the character’s feelings, perspective and motivation (three activities).

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