English / Year 3 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1680)

Elaborations
  • making connections between the text and students own experience and other texts
  • making connections between the information in print and images
  • making predictions and asking and answering questions about the text drawing on knowledge of the topic, subject-specific vocabulary and experience of texts on the same topic
  • using text features and search tools to locate information in written and digital texts efficiently
  • determining important ideas, events or details in texts commenting on things learned or questions raised by reading, referring explicitly to the text for verification
  • making considered inferences taking into account topic knowledge or a character’s likely actions and feelings
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Reading comprehension

Teacher resource

Night and day

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 3 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. The primary focus of this unit of work is a literature study ...

Interactive resource

Rainforest: use signs and symbols

Look at photos showing how a ranger has repaired damage to the rainforest caused by people. See examples of common symbols such as toilets, no smoking and tourist information. Match photos of places of interest in the rainforest with map symbols such as ferns, forest floor and wildlife. As you go, look up the meaning of ...

Teacher resource

Reading the landscape

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 1 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit of inquiry will allow students to develop their ...

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Answering comprehension questions: strategies

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early years of schooling, on how to answer simple questions about a text. It begins by defining reading comprehension as being the ability to read a text and answer questions about it. It gives instructions to follow when answering comprehension questions. These ...

Teacher resource

Teaching Reading and Viewing - Comprehension Strategies and activities for Years 1-9

This resource developed by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority provides teachers with a collection of strategies and activities for developing students’ comprehension. It is a companion document to the series of guides on teaching reading and viewing. The strategies are listed alphabetically in the table ...

Teacher resource

Reading - comprehension: year 3

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on explicit teaching of inferential comprehension using the question-answer relationship (QAR) strategy with a small group of year 3 students. The teacher reviews and models the concepts and processes of the strategy ...

Teacher resource

Literacy coaching - reading comprehension

This teacher resource describes a successful evidence-based strategy developed by Darlington Primary School in South Australia to improve the reading comprehension of students from Reception (Foundation) to year 7. The central focus of the strategy was a literacy coach supporting teachers' explicit instruction of higher-order ...

Teacher resource

Interpreting evaluative language

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on using an online text to teach how evaluative language can be made more or less forceful in a year 3 classroom. The teacher uses a range of strategies to differentiate teaching and learning, modelling the use of ...

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USGS stories

This resource is a web page with links to three fictional stories about a declining bee population, helping wildlife and climate change. Each story has an animal as a main character; the stories include: Beatrice the bee; Emily’s bluebird; and The perils of Polina - a polar bear. Each story can be read sequentially by using ...

Teacher resource

Activity: energy saving devices

This is a web resource about the symbols used on appliances and devices to indicate energy saving and energy rating. It provides a teacher guide and a student activity that prompts the student to carry out internet searches for images using the search terms 'energy saving' and 'energy rating' and to compare the results ...

Teacher resource

Reciprocal teaching

Here an expert literacy practitioner works with Year 3 and 4 students at Wyndham Park Primary School. In a reading workshop she models for a number of teachers how to improve students' comprehension by using the four strategies of 'Reciprocal teaching': predicting, clarifying, questioning, and summarising. The model lesson ...

Teacher resource

Linking school targets to classroom practice

This teacher resource describes a successful whole-school approach by Rosemeadow Public School in New South Wales to enhance the reading and comprehension skills of years 3-6 students. Assessment for learning was used to identify desired results, develop whole-school targets, devise a reading and comprehension rubric, adjust ...

Teacher resource

Seeking different results: the Accelerated Literacy program

This is a teacher resource describing the evidence-based Accelerated Literacy strategy successfully implemented by Mayfield East Public School. The strategy improved the literacy, especially reading skills and levels, of its students and the professional competencies of its teachers. The resource is organised in eight sections: ...

Teacher resource

Improving reading in a community of schools

This teacher resource describes a highly successful strategy implemented by a network of four schools in Sydney to improve their students' reading in years 3 to 6. The Focus on Reading 3-6 professional learning program resulted in teachers developing and sharing their skills and experiences. There were also positive effects ...

Teacher resource

Creating a reading culture in a school community

This teacher resource describes how Proserpine State School in Queensland successfully responded to the need to improve student outcomes, especially in the area of reading, by implementing a whole-school approach that encouraged students to read more, and more widely. The resource is presented in eight sections: Summary; ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Read between the lines: neighbourhood

Read signs around a neighbourhood to gather information that will help you answer a question about pets. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine the opinions, feelings and ideas about pets in the neighbourhood. Record your opinion of what each sign means. Review the information ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Read between the lines: park

Read signs around a park to gather information that will help you answer a question about the park. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine people's opinions, feelings and ideas about the park and whether it is a healthy place for children. Record your opinion of what each ...

Interactive resource

Read between the lines: shopping centre

Read signs around a shopping centre to gather information that will help you answer a question about whether children are welcome at the centre. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine the opinions, feelings and ideas about children at this shopping centre. Record your opinion ...

Teacher resource

Creating a picture book with an environmental theme - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help students create a well-written story with an environmental theme and then to self-publish it as a picture book. It focuses on: the symbiosis and synergy between creatures and their habitat; the research required to write a story that has a strong basis in fact; the elements of a picture ...

Interactive Resource

Difference Differently: stories about difference

This is a resource with three related sets of student activities that explore social inclusion and exclusion. It uses traditional and personal stories to explore the reasons for and implications of social exclusion and discrimination. It also looks at how language used in texts can include or exclude different viewers. ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Rainforest: use compass points

Use compass points and a scale to find places on a map. Understand abbreviations such as N, W, SW and E. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Information report

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early and mid-primary years of schooling, about information reports. It begins by defining an information report as a factual text and giving some examples. It explains that an information report begins with a general statement, a section telling what the report ...

Teacher resource

Sustainability: taking care of the Earth together

This is an interactive resource that uses different forms of texts to explore environmental and sustainability issues. It has sections on recycling and reuse, the negative consequences of global warming, reducing human impact on the Earth and caring for the Earth for future generations. It uses the 'The tomorrow book' by ...

Teacher resource

Storytelling traditions - unit of work

In this unit of work, students learn about storytelling traditions and how they may be used to pass on important cultural knowledge, such as Dreaming. They listen to, read and view traditional stories now told using writing, illustrations and digital forms. They respond to the stories by creating oral, written and visual ...

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Procedures

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early and mid-primary years of schooling, about procedures. The video begins by defining a procedure as a text that provides a set of instructions written in the correct order, and giving some examples. Using the specific example of a procedure about how to make ...