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Camping down the Line (Reading)

School Journal, Part 2 Number 1, 2004. Noun frequency level: 8.5–9.5

By the end of year 4, students are required to locate and evaluate the information and ideas within a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, drawing on the knowledge and skills described in the Literacy Learning Progressions, to meet the reading demands of the curriculum. The curriculum tasks will often involve the students in generating their own questions as well as answering questions from the teacher.

The students and their teacher are planning an EOTC week as part of their health and physical education programme. The students need to identify both the risks associated with camping and the safety measures required to avoid those risks.

Camping down the Line is a humorous narrative describing a family’s dramatic experience. The story provides opportunities for the students to achieve specific learning outcomes in English, health, and physical education. The teacher chose the text because the theme of the story (that campers need to prepare well and be safety conscious) supports the students’ learning in the context of outdoor education. The text requires them to locate and use implicit information to meet their reading purposes.

The following example illustrates aspects of the task and text and demonstrates how a student engages with both task and text to meet the reading demands of the curriculum. A number of such examples would be used to inform the overall teacher judgment for this student.

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