Hunter River High School

Literacy Focus Term 3 Week 9/10

Reading Comprehension - Visualising

Visualising is when learners create a mental image from a text read/viewed/heard. Visualising brings the text to life, engages the imagination and uses of the senses.

Some questions you could ask students include:

  • What are the pictures I/you have in my/your head as I/you read/view/listen to this text?
  • Can I/you describe or image you made while you read/heard that part?
  • How did the pictures in my/your head help me/you to understand the text?

Students could use the senses chart to draw the imagery of the text using the "looks like, tastes like, sounds like, feels like, smells like" model.

Writing - Persuasive Devices

The use of effective persuasive devices enhances the writer’s position and persuades the reader to accept the line of argument. Persuasive devices that appeal to the reader’s reason, values or emotions include the use of authoritative and emphatic statements, direct address to the reader, hyperbole and rhetorical questions.

The 2012 NAPLAN writing guideline is a great place to start pages 86-88 has excellent information on strategies to use.

Grammar and Punctuation - Adjectives

Adjectives are describing words.

They modify nouns and can modify pronouns. For example: Follow the yellow cab.

An activity you might like to try could include: compile a list of nouns from your unit you are covering. Write the nouns on strips of paper and fold in half. Have students pick a noun and ask them to provide a number of adjectives that 'work well' with that noun. Students read out their adjectives to the class, who must then guess the noun.