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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 1 - Activity 2

Informative Text - Description

Description of activity

Students write an informative text to describe a toy.  They view and feel the toy before writing the description.

Variation: Students write a description of an item of food or an object in the classroom.


Students have been exploring the history of toys in a HSIE unit. They have closely studied the techniques and language features used in informative and imaginative texts to describe features of objects. Students have viewed images of toys from Toy Story and used descriptive language to describe the character to a partner. They were then asked to apply this understanding by composing a descriptive piece of writing.


EN1-2A plans, composes and reviews a small range of simple texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers and viewers
EN1-5A uses a variety of strategies, including knowledge of sight words and letter–sound correspondences, to spell familiar words
EN1-9B uses basic grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary appropriate to the type of text when responding to and composing texts
EN1-10C thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts


Criteria for assessing learning

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

  • Write a factual description
  • Use detail to help a reader imagine what is being described
  • Use basic grammatical features and punctuation for an informative text in the form of a description
  • Use a variety of strategies to spell familiar words.

Graded student work samples - Mid Stage

Grade AGrade B
Grade CGrade D

Graded student work samples - End Stage

Grade AGrade B
    No samples
Grade CGrade D