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Year 4 English sample assessment - Wordplay in poetry

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This sample assessment is based on previous versions of the Australian Curriculum.

Wordplay in Poetry


Students choose a poem to examine how language devices and wordplay are used for effect. The poem needs to include the deliberate use of devices and wordplay, for example, neologisms, spoonerisms, nonsense words or puns. The poem ñJabberwockyî by Lewis Carroll has been used in this assessment.

Students create a written response to explain how devices and wordplay appeal to the reader. They:

  • read, view and listen to a selected poem that uses a range of devices and wordplay
  • interpret the meaning of the poem
  • identify and explain how devices and wordplay are used to engage the reader
  • create a written exposition about the poem.

Written: Informative text


  • Teacher guidelines (includes cover page)
  • Student booklet
  • Task-specific standards: Continua
  • Task-specific standards: Matrix
  • Assessment resource: Sample response
  • Assessment resource: Frogs
  • Assessment resource: Interpreting a poem
  • Assessment resource: Jabberwocky

Download the full assessment (contains the documents as Word files):

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