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New NSW Syllabuses

Work Samples

Select a stage from the tabs below for a list of sample activities related to the English K-10 Syllabus.

Select an activity to view the activity description, context, outcomes and criteria for assessing learning.

These sample activities and graded student work samples are available to support teachers allocating grades (A to E or equivalent) to their students.

Visit the Assessment Resource Centre for more information about other courses and reporting on student achievement, including the Common Grade Scale.

early stage 1 (Kindergarten) Sample Activities

Activity 1 - Informative Text

Students write an informative text about an animal they have studied and discussed in class.

Activity 2 - Informative Text

Students write or illustrate an informative text using a scaffold provided by the teacher.

Activity 3 - Informative Text

Students draft a simple recount of an excursion or event, using handwriting or a word processing program.

stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) Sample Activities

Activity 1 - Informative Text

After an excursion, students suggest captions for photographs and, following modelling by the teacher, write personal recounts. 

Activity 2 - Informative Text

Students look at and feel a toy, item of food or object in the classroom and then write an informative text to describe it.

Activity 3 - Informative Text

Students use a proforma to organise their information on a chosen animal, then use the information in the proforma to independently construct a report.

Activity 4 - Informative Text

Students listen to the reading of a picture book, discuss the cover, illustrations and events in the book and write a recount of the story.

Activity 5 - Informative Text

Students write a procedure for a simple activity such as tying shoelaces or making a sandwich.

stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) Sample Actvities

Activity 1 - Informatiive Text

Students record information from a text on an animal on a matrix worksheet, use this to structure and draft an information report, and redraft it neatly.

Activity 2 - Imaginative Text

Students plan, draft and write an imaginative text using visual stimulus as a starting point. They use one or more images from the visual stimulus sheet.

Activity 3 - Informative Text

Students write a procedure explaining how to make a model, a paper aeroplane, a photo frame or a snack.

Activity 4 - Informative Text

Students write a recount of a recent event at school or at home.

Activity 5 - Persuasive Text

Students write a persuasive text on a chosen topic, they produce a handwritten draft, and then publish a final draft using a computer.

Activity 6 - Informative Text

After a Science & Technology lesson on electricity and torches, students make notes, a draft, and write an explanation of how a torch works.

Activity 7-  Persuasive Text

Students draft and construct a persuasive letter. 

Activity 8 - Informative Text

Students research a planet, select relevant facts, draft a report and then re-write their report neatly.

stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) Sample Activities

Activity 1 - Persuasive Text

Students choose a topic, research and plan a discussion on it, produce a hand-written draft, and a final draft is published using a computer.

Activity 2 - Informative Text

Students write an informative text in the form of an explanation about how and why floods occur.

Activity 3 - Informative Text

Students research an animal that lives in the rainforest, select relevant facts and write an information report. Students edit and publish their report.

Activity 4 - Imaginative Text

Students plan, draft and write a narrative using visual stimulus as a starting point. They use one or more images from a visual stimulus sheet. 

Activity 5 - Persuasive Text

Students analyse the persuasive strategies used in some advertisements, then design their own advertisement for a magazine or newspaper.

Activity 6 - Persuasive Text

Students discuss an artwork in class, then draft and edit their response thoroughly to produce a published text with a focus on persuasion.

Activity 7 - Informative Text

Students select a visual image, make notes on it and create a draft description and write a factual description.

Activity 8 - Informative Text

Students plan, draft and write a review of a film. 

Activity 9 - Imaginative Text

Students plan, draft and compose an imaginative text. They focus on using language features to create a strong sense of place, character and/or atmosphere. 

stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) Sample Activities

Activity 1 - Imaginative writing

Students choose one or more elements from a selection of video extracts to use as the basis for the opening of a short story.

Activity 2 - Responding to poetry

Students recommend three poems for inclusion in a poetry anthology for Year 8. They write a response to each one, giving reasons for their recommendations.

Activity 3 - Life writing

Students select a piece of their own writing for a life writing competition and evaluate the merits and appropriateness of the piece.

Activity 4 - My story, your story

Students research the contribution of an Aboriginal person to Australian society and write an imaginative narrative.

Activity 5 - Persuasive Letter

Students compose a persuasive letter to a potential tourist to Australia on behalf of a tourist office.

Activity 6 - Poetry analysis

Students write a response to two poems explaining what each poem is about and how poetic techniques contribute to their understanding and enjoyment of the poems.

Activity 7 - Letter

Students write a letter to a friend in which they relate what they have learnt about the theme they have been studying in class.

Activity 8 - Interview

Students write the script of a television talk show interview on the novel they have been reading in class.

stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) Sample Activities

Activity 1 - Film analysis

Students view the first 20 minutes of a film and write an analysis evaluating the effectiveness of the director’s cinematography.

Activity 2 - Imaginative writing

Students use the information provided in class to write a reconstruction of events from the perspective of a character.

Activity 3 - Movie review and user comment

Students write a film review for a teenage magazine.

Activity 4 - Persuasive speech

Students write a five minute speech to persuade listeners to attend a new production of Romeo and Juliet

Activity 5 - Persuasive writing

Students analyse the persuasive strategies used in some advertisements, then design their own advertisement for a magazine or newspaper.

Activity 6 - Film review

Students discuss an artwork in class, then draft and edit their response thoroughly to produce a published text with a focus on persuasion.

Activity 7 - Representation and critical analysis of text

Students plan, draft and compose an imaginative text. They focus on using language features to create a strong sense of place, character and/or atmosphere.