Literature Study – Lower Primary – Task Cards

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A set of 12 literature study task cards for lower primary students to use when analysing children’s literature.

This teaching resource is for use with picture book texts in the classroom.

The set contains 12 cards, in six colour-coded categories, exploring:

  • setting
  • character
  • plot
  • language devices and
  • illustrations.

Use these classroom task cards to help students comprehend classic and contemporary children’s literature.

You may like to print out these cards and laminate them for your students to choose from. These activities can be completed in groups or as a whole class activity.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Foundation Year > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1578
Identify some features of texts including events and characters and retell events from a textElaborationsidentifying some features of culture related to characters and events in literary texts, for ex...

English > Year 1 > Literature > Literature and context > ACELT1581
Discuss how authors create characters using language and imagesElaborationsidentifying similarities between texts from different cultural traditions, for example representations of dragons in traditio...

English > Year 1 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1582
Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students' own experiencesElaborationsdiscussing characters from books an...

English > Year 1 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1584
Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different textsElaborationsexamining different types of literature includin...

English > Year 2 > Literature > Literature and context > ACELT1587
Discuss how depictions of characters in print, sound and images reflect the contexts in which they were createdElaborationsexploring iconography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures (Skil...

English > Year 2 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1589
Compare opinions about characters, events and settings in and between textsElaborationsdiscussing each others’ preferences for stories set in familiar or unfamiliar worlds, or about people whose ...

English > Year 2 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1591
Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different waysElaborationsdescribing features of text settings including time, colo...

English > Year 3 > Literature > Literature and context > ACELT1594
Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasonsElaborationsreading texts in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island...

English > Year 3 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1596
Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with othersElaborationsdiscussing relevant prior knowledge and past experiences to make meaningful connection...

English > Year 3 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1599
Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrativeElaborationsidentifying and discussing the use of d...

English > Year 3 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1601
Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angleElaborationsdrawing on li...

English > Foundation Year > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1783
Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in textsElaborationstalking about stories and authors, choosing favourites, discussing how students feel about what happens in stories (Skil...

English > Year 2 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1592
Identify, reproduce and experiment with rhythmic, sound and word patterns in poems, chants, rhymes and songsElaborationsexploring poems, chants, rhymes or songs from different cultures which class mem...

English > Year 3 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1600
Discuss the nature and effects of some language devices used to enhance meaning and shape the reader’s reaction, including rhythm and onomatopoeia in poetry and proseElaborationsidentifying the e...


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