Hunter River High School

Literacy Focus Term 4 Weeks 5/6

Writing - Audience

Audience addresses the students capacity to orient, engage and persuade the reader.

With students discuss the following strategy:


PAF is a writing strategy that helps students understand their role as a writer, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they'll be writing about. By using this strategy, teachers encourage students to write creatively, to consider a topic from a different perspective, and to gain practice writing for different audiences. Teacher encourages students to ask the following questions:

Purpose: Why are you writing? What is the point? To inform/ persuade/ narrate?
Audience: To whom are you writing? A friend/ parent/ customers?
Format: What form are you writing in? A letter/ speech/ poem?

Reading - Summarising

Remember -

Summarising is a shortened version of the text that contains all the key information. It is important that students are able to summarise in order to help them when researching, gathering and presenting information.

It is important that students are taught how to identify the key words and phrases in the text.

Why not try the following strategies with students:

V.I.Ps - Cut up sticky notes into strips - give students a specific number that you believe will be enough to adequately summarise the text. As students read, they tear off strips and mark points that they think are V.I.Ps (Very Important Points). Students to summarise these points and then can have a classroom discussion over why they chose each one.

Key Word Strategy - Students place what they believe to be the key words from the text on sticky notes. Students then use these words to create a summary of the text.

Grammar and Punctuation - Conjunctions

Conjunctions are words that join sentences, phrases or clauses together. Conjunctions act as cohesive devices that operate within and between sentences. Different types of conjunctions are used to express different types of relationships between ideas.


Have you got a vocabulary list for this topic?

You could try some vocabulary games think:

Talk a mile a minute


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