Stage 5 reading - Audience and purpose

Learning focus

Students have opportunities to identify the purpose and audience of a range of texts.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN5-2A: effectively uses and critically assesses a wide range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing a wide range of texts in different media and technologies

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT9: justifies an opinion or response by citing evidence from a text (comprehension); evaluates text for relevance to purpose and audience (comprehension); analyses how language in texts serves different purposes (identifies how descriptive language is used differently in informative and persuasive texts) (process)
  • UnT10: explains how context (time, place, situation) influences interpretations of a text (comprehension); analyses the techniques authors use to position readers (comprehension); applies and articulates criteria to evaluate the structure, purpose or content of a text (process)
  • UnT11; derive a generalisation from abstract ideas in texts (comprehension); analyses how authors manipulate language features, image and sound for a purpose - to create humour or playfulness (comprehension)

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: To inform, entertain or persuade?

Students identify the audience and purpose in a range of texts (three activities).

Task 2: Analysing texts

Students analyse texts for purpose and transform it to have a new audience and purpose (four activities).

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