Stage 4 reading - Vocabulary in context

Learning focus

Students learn to identify and build meaning of words and their affixes and use contextual clues to determine best word choice. They also use a range of tools to widen vocabulary use and understanding.

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: applies knowledge of root words and word origins to understand the meaning of unfamiliar, discipline specific words; uses a range of context and grammatical cues to understand unfamiliar words; applies knowledge of root words and word origins to understand the meaning of unfamiliar, discipline specific words ; uses a range of context and grammatical cues to understand unfamiliar words (vocabulary)
  • UnT10: demonstrates an understanding of nuances and subtties in words of similar meaning (frustrated, discouraged, baffled) (vocabulary)
  • UnT11: interprets complex, formal and impersonal language in academic texts; demonstrates self-reliance in exploration and application of word learning strategies (vocabulary)

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: Morphology

Students identify and use affixes with base words (three activities).

Task 2: Synonyms and antonyms

Students consider ways to enhance texts with antonyms, synonyms, verbs and adjectives (four activities).

Task 3: Nuance

Students read text extracts and consider the nuances between words that would be most appropriate to maintain the meaning of the text. Students identify the word that they have selected and explain why they think it best fits with the extract (five activities).

Task 4: Word clines

Students categorise words then place them on an incline as a word cline (four activities).

Task 5: Connotation

Students learn how connotation is subjective and can differ between a reader depending on their own personal backgrounds and experiences (two activities).

Task 6: Context clues

Students use context clues to help determine the meaning of unknown words (three activities).

Task 7: Cloze passage

Students predict vocabulary (three activities).

Task 8: Using words

Students complete a vocabulary map for various words (three activities).

Task 9: Vocabulary in context

Students use precise vocabulary to enhance reader understanding and enjoyment (five activities).


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