Teaching Resources Centre

The ISA Teaching Resources Centre provides teachers with access to resources, research-based strategies and lesson plans that can be used to build the knowledge and skills of each individual student in your day-to-day classroom practice.

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ISA Reading - sample teaching activities

Reading resources are available for three broad reading skills areas – 'Access and retrieve', 'Integrate and interpret', and 'Reflect and evaluate'– from Grade 3 to Grade 10. Teaching activities directly build on the skills required of students to understand and be able to correctly answer ISA test questions.

Teaching activities are lesson plans with clearly stated learning intentions. Some sample teaching activities from the skill area ‘Integrate and interpret’ for the Achievement level 5, 407-479 are available to be viewed.


Integrate and interpret, Level 5, 407-479

Students in this achievement level can:

  • select relevant clues or evidence to make inferences when there is some competing information
  • distinguish between implied overarching ideas with clear clues and explicit details
  • use obvious tone as evidence for inferences
  • reason carefully in selecting the most likely prediction
  • select relevant evidence from the text to support a personal opinion such as an interpretation of a character’s ambivalent behaviour, which character is most likely to agree with another or which of two events was the most  challenging.
Topic Teaching activities
Reading closely Recognising false leads (+ extension)
Reading carefully (+ extension)
Inferring overarching ideas Inferring underlying values 1
Inferring underlying values 2 (+ extension)
Inferring character
Summarising 1
Summarising 2 (+ extension)
Using tone The writer’s tone 1
The writer’s tone 2 (+ extension)
Tone in an information text (+ extension)
Making predictions Discounting options (+ extension)
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