Stage 5 reading - Analysing character

Learning intention

Students will learn to identify how a character is portrayed in a narrative. Students will learn to infer reasons for actions and behaviours of characters.

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
  • EN5-7D: understands and evaluates the diverse ways texts can represent personal and public worlds.
  • EN5-8D: questions, challenges and evaluates cultural assumptions in texts and their effects on meaning

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT9: justifies an opinion or response by citing evidence from a text (comprehension); classifies ideas or information for a set task or purpose (comprehension); selects reading/viewing pathways appropriate to reading purpose (scans text for key phrase or close reading for learning) (process)
  • UnT10: synthesises information from a variety of complex texts (comprehension); integrates automatically a range of processes such as predicting, confirming predications, monitoring and connecting relevant elements of the text to build meaning (process)
  • UnT11: interprets symbolism in text, providing evidence to justify interpretation (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.

Creative characterisation

Students articulate predicted thoughts and ideas for characters.


Students identify voice and the techniques authors use to distinguish between voice in texts.

Identify and infer character traits

Students identify and infer character traits from text excerpts.

Interpreting a character’s feelings through motif

Students analyse texts to determine feelings or emotions of characters.

Elements of characterisation

Students identify how characters can be presented explicitly and implicitly.

Inferring from implicit characterisation

Students infer meaning from subtext - the thoughts, motives and beliefs of a character that are unspoken.

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