Activity Introduction

Quick summary:  In this lesson, students will practise the key comprehension skill of using evidence to interpret the overall meaning of a text. They will read an information flyer and apply specific strategies to build an understanding of the meaning of a text. Students will then share their understanding and compare interpretations with their classmates. This lesson is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*.

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Learning intention:

  • Students identify the main idea of a text by synthesising meaning from each section.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 English

  • Present an argument about a literary text based on initial impressions and subsequent analysis of the whole text (ACELT1771)
  • Apply an expanding vocabulary to read increasingly complex texts with fluency and comprehension (ACELY1743)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-2A.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.

Relevant parts of Year 9 English achievement standards: Students evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form their own interpretations. 

Topic: NAPLAN Preparation.

Unit of work: Faber-Castell – NAPLAN Preparation.

Time required: 60 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – The skills and strategies to be applied by students are modelled explicitly by the teacher during the introductory activity.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Reading Skills Worksheet (printable), Reading Skills Worksheet (editable). Pages 2 & 4 of the Faber-Castell Sustainability LeafletPage 11 of the Faber-Castell – Product Knowledge Manual.

Keywords: NAPLAN, English, main idea, main points, synthesise, images, summarise.

*This lesson plan is not an officially endorsed publication of NAPLAN’s creators and administrators – the ACARA body – but is designed to provide practise for the Australian Curriculum’s compulsory NAPLAN testing scheme.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students identify the main idea of a text.

Success criteria: Students can...

  • ...identify the main points in each section of the text.
  • ...synthesise information found in different sections of the text to identify a common purpose or theme.
  • ...draw on their synthesis to find the main idea of the text.

Teacher content information: This lesson provides the opportunity for you to explicitly model how to search for clues to determine the overall meaning of a text. It uses an instructional text produced by Faber-Castell and involves the teacher modelling the process of identifying key points in each section of a text and then synthesising information found to identify the main idea.

This lesson develops skills vital to achievement in NAPLAN at Year 9 level, as can be seen here: Reading Skills - Further Information.

Teaching sequence

15 minutes – Part A: Lesson Introduction
30 minutes – Part B: Student Activity
10 minutes – Part C:

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What was the most interesting thing your found out about Faber-Castell?


Work independently to answer the following questions:

1. What new reading skill have I learnt?

2. How can I use this in the future?

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