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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 4 - Activity 3

Life writing

Description of activity

Students select a piece of their writing for a life writing competition. They include an evaluation of the merits and appropriateness of the piece of writing in relation to audience, purpose, ideas, style, language forms and features, and textual structure.


Students have critically analysed the context purpose, values and attitudes, language forms and features, and structures of a key text. The have produced several pieces of writing and have an understanding of the purpose, language features and structures of written persuasive arguments. They are aware of writing for a specified audience.


EN4-3B uses and describes language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts
EN4-4B makes effective language choices to creatively shape meaning with accuracy, clarity and coherence

EN4-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information, ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts

EN4-9E uses, reflects on and assesses their individual and collaborative skills for learning

Criteria for assessing learning

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

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • understand the relationship between audience, purpose, language choices and form
  • use the features of language to achieve a particular purpose
  • reflect meaningfully their own work and its development
  • accurately use the vocabulary appropriate to a discussion of writing styles and techniques
  • communicate their progress as a writer clearly and effectively.

Graded student work samples - End Stage

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Grade CGrade D
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