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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. English
  3. Activities
  4. Discussion
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Grade Work Samples
Midway through Stage 3 (end of Year 5) End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade A Courtney  
Grade B Darcy   Shannon  
Grade C Flynn   Huong   Jordan   Dale  
Grade D Sascha   Morgan   Shane  
New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:


Description of activity

Students research, plan, draft and write a discussion on a topic of their choice. They produce a hand-written draft, and then a final draft is published using a computer.

Suggested materials

Paper, pencils/pens, computer.

Prior learning

The teacher has modelled an example of a discussion text. The students have listened to and expressed points of view with justification about familiar and unfamiliar researched topics. They have jointly and independently constructed discussions that are well supported by arguments.

Board of Studies NSW, English K–6 Modules, pp 335–343


Producing Texts (WS3.9)
Produces a wide range of well-structured and well-presented literary and factual texts for a wide variety of purposes and audiences using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and written language features.
Grammar and Punctuation (WS3.10)
Uses knowledge of sentence structure, grammar and punctuation to edit own writing.
Handwriting and Computer Technology (WS3.12)
Produces texts in a fluent and legible style and uses computer technology to present these effectively in a variety of ways.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • draft, revise and publish a written text
  • justify a point of view with supporting evidence
  • use appropriate language features and conventions for a discussion text
  • demonstrate basic desktop publishing skills.
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