Stage 5 reading - Text structure and features

Learning focus

Students learn to identify specific structural and language features and genre in a range of imaginative, persuasive and informative 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
  • EN5-3B: selects and uses language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts, describing and explaining their effects on meaning

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT9: compares and contrasts the use of visual elements in multimodal texts with similar purposes (comprehension); interprets and integrates; visual, auditory and print elements of multimodal texts (comprehension); uses knowledge of a broader range of cohesive devices to track meaning (paragraph markers, topic sentences - see grammar (process); analyses how language in texts serves different purposes (identifies how descriptive language is used differently in informative and persuasive texts - see grammar (process)
  • UnT10: evaluates the effectiveness of language forms and features used in moderately complex or some sophisticated texts (comprehension); · applies and articulates criteria to evaluate the structure, purpose or content of a text (process)
  • UnT11: critically evaluates the use of visual elements in multimodal texts on the same topic or with similar purposes (comprehension); navigates digital texts to efficiently locate precise information that supports the development of new understandings (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: Punctuation and font for emphasis

StudentsStudents investigate font and punctuation forms that author’s use to impact meaning (two activities).

Task 2: Analysing persuasive texts

Students analyse persuasive texts for key elements and features (five activities).

Task 3: Analysing nonfiction texts

Students analyse information texts for key elements and features (five activities).

Task 4: Analysing a website

Students deconstruct a webpage into three elements: words/images, interactive and context (four activities).

Task 5: Analysing narrative texts

Students analyse narrative texts for key elements and features (six activities).

Task 6: Analyse sample NAPLAN papers based on criteria

Students review NAPLAN criteria for persuasive text structure and assess a sample paper (four activities).


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