Stage 5 reading - Vocabulary in context

Learning focus

Students learn to identify and build meanings of words and their affixes and use contextual clues to determine best word choice.

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
  • EN5-1A: responds to and composes increasingly sophisticated and sustained texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT9: identifies language used to create tone or atmosphere; analyses language and visual features in texts using metalanguage (paragraph, apostrophe, camera angle); 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 subtleties in words of similar meaning (frustrated, discouraged, baffled) (vocabulary)
  • UnT11: interprets complex, formal and impersonal language in academic texts; interprets and analyses complex figurative language (euphemisms, hyperbole); 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 base words, prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin roots using a structured word inquiry (three activities).

Task 2: Synonyms and antonyms

Students explore synonyms and antonyms (five activities).

Task 3: Nuance

Students learn the subtle differences between closely-related words (two activities).

Task 4: Word clines

Students place terms along an incline representing the subtle differences between words (three activities).

Task 5: Connotation

Students investigate how connotation may impact meaning and affect the reader (four activities).

Task 6: Using the clues

Students design use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words (seven activities).

Task 7: Vocabulary in context

Students determine correct word choice, justify their choice and offer a substitution to maintain meaning (three activities).

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