Stage 4 reading - Characterisation

Learning focus

Students learn to analyse texts to identify how characters are portrayed through their literal and inferred traits, behaviours and actions.

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 (comprehension)
  • UnT11: derives a generalisation from abstract ideas in texts (comprehension); identifies relevant and irrelevant information in 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.

Task 1: Character discovery

Students define meanings of a variety of traits and behaviours exhibited by characters they have read about, or developed themselves (two activities).

Task 2: Character traits and behaviours

Students pick a character from a well-known text and describe what they might think, say, and do in response to various scenarios. Students compare two similar characters from different texts and draw connections between how certain types of characters are represented in texts. Student then comparing traits, actions and vocabulary of the protagonist and the antagonist in a text (four activities).

Task 3: Character development

Students choose a character from a familiar text and identify the moment that the character changes (two activities).

Task 4: Protagonist and antagonist

Students learn about the importance of the protagonist and antagonist in a story and how the tension between the two helps a story build momentum (five activities).

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