Stage 5 reading - Literal comprehension

Learning focus

Students learn to interpret directly stated information in 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: uses processes such as predicting, confirming predictions, monitoring, and connecting relevant elements of the text to build or repair meaning (process); selects reading/viewing pathways appropriate to reading purpose (scans text for key phrase or close reading for learning) (process).
  • UnT10: integrates automatically a range of processes such as predicting, confirming predictions, monitoring, and connecting relevant elements of the text to build meaning (process)
  • UnT11: reads and views sophisticated texts - see text complexity) (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: Skimming and scanning

Students practise skimming to identify the main idea, and scanning to locate specific topics in texts (two activities).

Task 2: Cloze

Students complete cloze passages using suitable vocabulary choices (two activities).

Task 3: Responding to literal comprehension questions

Students construct a concept map of information gathered around key questions: who, where, what, when, how in a text (four activities)

Task 4: Applying literal comprehension skills

Students gather information using key questions: ‘who, where, what, when, how’ to answer questions related to a text (six activities).

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