Texts in context

Students must learn how to interpret, analyse and evaluate texts if they are to be effective students in the English classroom and in preparation for participation in Australian life more generally (Victorian Curriculum: English).

Interpreting, analysing and evaluating

Literacy strategies targeting vocabulary instruction and reading comprehension support students to understand how individuals and groups use language patterns to express ideas and key concepts to develop and defend arguments.

These strategies allow students to comprehend what they read and view by applying their growing contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge. They develop more sophisticated processes for interpreting, analysing, evaluating and critiquing ideas, information and issues from a variety of sources.

Close reading activities, accompanied by writing orientated towards note-taking and annotating, allow students to use their growing knowledge of textual features to explain how texts make an impact on different audiences.

The strategies have been grouped according to whether they address understanding at the word and sentence level or paragraph and text level.