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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. English
  3. Activities
  4. Literary description
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Literary description

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade A Lee   Jo   Chris  
Grade B Kim  
Grade C Alex  
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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:


Description of activity

Students plan, draft and write a descriptive passage. They focus on using language features to create a strong sense of place, character and/or atmosphere.

Suggested materials

Paper, pens

Prior learning

The students have read different literary descriptions. They have discussed the purpose of literary descriptions and the need to use detailed descriptive language to help the reader imagine what is being described.

Board of Studies NSW, English K–6 Modules, pp 297 and 355


Producing Texts (WS 3.9)
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 features.
Grammar and Punctuation (WS 3.10)
Uses knowledge of sentence structure, grammar and punctuation to edit own writing.
Spelling (WS 3.11)
Spells most common words accurately and uses a range of strategies to spell unfamiliar words.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • plan, draft and write a literary description
  • use detail to help a reader imagine what is being described
  • use a range of adjectives to describe an image
  • consistently make informed attempts at spelling using a multi-strategy approach.
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