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English / Year 6 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Curriculum content descriptions

Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)

  • making connections between the text and students’ own experience or other texts
  • making connections between information in print and images
  • finding specific literal information
  • using prior knowledge and textual information to make inferences and predictions
  • asking and answering questions
  • finding the main idea of a text
  • summarising a text or part of a text
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Reading comprehension


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