Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will practise the key comprehension skill of finding evidence to support interpretations of a text. They will read an information flyer and apply specific strategies to build literal and inferred meaning of the text. Students will then apply their understanding of the text in a creative colouring activity. 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 will provide evidence from the text to support their answers to comprehension questions.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 3 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1680)

Syllabus outcomes: EN2-4A.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Relevant parts of Year 3 English achievement standards: Students analyse and explain literal and implied information from a variety of texts. They describe how events, characters and settings in texts are depicted and explain their own responses to them. They listen and ask questions to clarify content.

Topic: NAPLAN Preparation.

Unit of work: Faber-Castell – NAPLAN Preparation.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – As the teacher explicitly models skills that students require for the lesson, the level of support required should be minimal. Students who find work of a Year 3 standard difficult may require some additional support.

Resources required: Projector to display a presentation to the class. Pens or pencils to write with. Connector Pens and Colour Grip pencils to colour with. Faber-Castell Connector Pens Flyer, Example Worksheet. To print: Student Worksheet A, Student Worksheet BColouring Castle Template. Student Worksheet A Answers, Student Worksheet B Answers.

Keywords: NAPLAN, English, understanding, comprehension, evidence, proof.

*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 provide evidence to support their responses to comprehension questions.

Success criteria: Students can...

  • ... answer a question about something they have read.
  • ... find and show evidence in the text to support their answer.
  • ... explain their evidence to another student or a teacher.


Teacher content information: This lesson makes use of the Faber-Castell Connector Pens Flyer as a reading prompt for students. It focuses on developing their ability to provide evidence for their responses to comprehension questions, building their capacity to reflect on the accuracy of their initial interpretations and build their ability to think metacognitively. For more information download the following information: Reading Skills – Further Information.

Teaching sequence

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

10 minutes – Part A: Lesson Introduction
25 minutes – Part B: Student Activity A
15 minutes – Par

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