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Year 9 English sample assessment - Navigating celebrity - A guide

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

Navigating celebrity


An awareness of the role of evaluative language and rhetorical (persuasive) devices in positioning readers is an important skill for students to develop. Prior to this assessment, students examine and discuss a range of media texts in organised classroom activities, for example engaging in discussions and reciprocal reading, to learn about ways that evaluative language and persuasive devices encourage readers to take up particular viewpoints.

Students use this knowledge to create a feature article (guide) that outlines the potential positive and negative influences of aspects of celebrity on adolescents, and makes recommendations for how to navigate through it.

Students will plan, draft and write a feature article (a guide) in which they:

  • are in role as a savvy consumer of celebrity culture
  • take a position on the nature and degree of the influence of celebrity culture on the lives of adolescents in areas such as body image, self-esteem and buying patterns
  • make recommendations to adolescent readers on how to navigate their way through celebrity culture
  • design a layout with appropriate visuals and persuasive language that fits into the context of a magazine of their choice.

Written and multimodal: Persuasive text


  • Teacher guidelines (includes cover page)
  • Student booklet
  • Task-specific standards: Continua
  • Task-specific standards: Matrix
  • Assessment resource: Exploring celebrity classroom activities
  • Assessment resource: Evaluative language

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

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