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Year 6 English sample assessment - Making the headlines

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

Making the headlines


An awareness of how media texts position readers while reporting on issues is an important skill for students to develop. Prior to this assessment, students compare print and online versions of newspaper texts and analyse the language features and text structures of news articles. Students use this knowledge to create a feature article for an online newspaper that persuades readers to support a particular point of view. They:

  • plan and draft a feature article about a current issue or event
  • explain how language features and text structures are used to persuade an online reader
  • publish their feature article for an online reader.

Written and multimodal: Persuasive text


  • Teacher guidelines (includes cover page)
  • Student booklet
  • Task-specific standards: Continua
  • Task-specific standards: Matrix
  • Assessment resource: Sample response
  • Assessment resource: Conventions of news texts

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

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