Visy Education - Synthesising a Sustainable Future - NAPLAN Style Reading Skills

Visy Education - Synthesising a Sustainable Future - NAPLAN Style Reading Skills

Lesson 3 of 4 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Reading
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson focuses on developing the ability to draw conclusions from a text. Students explore different sources of information about waste reduction and recycling and synthesise to develop a set of statements about the topic that encourage others to recycle.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • be able to synthesise meaning when reading non-fiction texts

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • recall prior knowledge on the topic of a text
  • note new information found in a text
  • combine prior knowledge and new information found in a text to form an insight about a topic
  • propose ideas, actions, solutions or changes that should be made based on their synthesis

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723).
  • Understand how language is used to evaluate texts and how evaluations about a text can be substantiated by reference to the text and other sources (ACELA1782).
  • Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1619).

Syllabus outcomes: EN4-2A, EN4-8D.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: Students explain issues and ideas from a variety of sources, analysing supporting evidence and implied meaning. They select specific details from texts to develop their own response, recognising that texts reflect different viewpoints. They listen for and explain different perspectives in texts.

Unit of work: Visy Education – Literacy Skills.

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – model literacy strategies for students.

Resources required


  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Enterprise
  • Ethical understanding
  • Global citizenship

Additional info

This lesson has been developed in partnership with Visy. For over 70 years Visy has been committed to finding sustainable solutions for Australia and New Zealand’s recyclables and helping to reduce local landfills. Visy collects, receives and sorts paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium from households, businesses and schools with the purpose of reusing these products in the re-manufacture of new packaging products.

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