Stage 5 reading - Vocabulary in context
Students will explore and use precise vocabulary in a wide range of academic contexts. Students examine vocabulary elements such as morphology, and how nuance and connotation can impact meaning.
- 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
- 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 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).