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1.4 Unfamiliar Texts

1.4 Unfamiliar Texts - Part 1 - How does...? (For ACHIEVED)


This editable resource for NCEA 1.4 Unfamiliar texts nips in the bud a common error with students - writing everything they know about the text and forgetting to answer the question. 


The resource takes students through the criteria for achievement, breaking activities into bite-sized, differentiated stages (must do, should do, could do).


There are 10 texts with accompanying questions to work through.


See also:


This resource includes:

⭐ One set of presentation slides for your big screen which includes:

  • Information about the standard.
  • Texts and questions about that text.
  • A 'hints' slide - aspects that would answer the question.
  • An example answer.
  • Two slides of notes about things to think about when writing an answer.

Annotation pages - A collection of pages with the text in the middle - designed for students to annotate in pairs or small groups.

A student workbook.  Instead of working in their books, they can annotate and answer the questions here.  Distribute the booklet as a whole or one page (text) at a time.


You and your students will enjoy:

❤️ Texts by kiwi writers.

❤️ Hints.

❤️ Sample answers.

❤️ Differentiated learning.



🖥️ Microsoft PowerPoint presentation slides for your big screen.

🖥️ Microsoft PowerPoint, resized to an A4 page for the annotation pages and student workbook.   


This means every document in your resource pack: 

  • Is completely editable.
  • Will easily upload to your Google Drive if you prefer the Googley suite.
  • The bookletes are printable 📃


🖥️ PDF versions of all three documents.


Related products:

✅ 1.4 Unfamiliar Texts - Part 2 - Working Together (For Merit)

✅ 1.4 Unfamiliar Texts - Part 3 - Adding Sprinkles (For Excellence)

Stylistic Features - Language and Structure



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    • Please do NOT take it with you to a new school.
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