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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 3 - Activity 7

Informative Text - Description

Description of activity

Students draft and write a factual description based on a visual image.

  1. Students select a photograph, artwork or other visual image
  2. They make notes on the details in the image and create a draft description
  3. Students write a factual description


Students have been learning about interpretation of texts. As part of this unit, they have closely studied a range of texts in spoken, written and visual forms. Students have analysed visual elements in artworks and discussed how meaning is conveyed through the images. They analysed the details of the artworks using descriptive language. Students were then asked to compose a descriptive piece of writing that conveyed their interpretations of the image.


EN3-5B discusses how language is used to achieve a widening range of purposes for a widening range of audiences and contexts

EN3-7C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and ideas and identifies connections between texts when responding to and composing texts

EN3-8D identifies and considers how different viewpoints of their world, including aspects of culture, are represented in texts

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)
Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • plan, draft and write a factual 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.

Graded student work samples - End Stage

Grade AGrade B
Work sample 2 - Kerry
Grade CGrade D
No samples