US26624 Reading - Lead Article

US26624 Reading - Lead Article


This task helps students achieve NZQA’s Unit Standard 26624 Read texts with understanding - version 5.  For this standard students are required to read THREE different text types.  This resource covers ONE of those – reading a lead newspaper article.


Students watch a short documentary about Jane Elliott’s classroom experiment on racism (dividing her class according to their eye colour).  They then read a newspaper article about a New Zealand school who tried to do the same thing – also to try to teach their students how horrible racism is – but this time with mixed results.  Students answer questions about the article to show their understanding.


Included in this resource:

  • The complete student workbook


The student workbook includes:

  • A coversheet for the assessment task
  • Clearly unpacked achievement criteria
  • Cues to show students when to stop and get teacher feedback
  • Prereading activities
  • The text to be read for the assessment
  • Tables and templates, providing a structured and scaffolded approach
  • Hyperlinks (where necessary) for easy referral to parts within the document and also to external web sources.



This resource comes in Microsoft Word and a Google Docs format (a link to the Google version is provided). This means you can:

  • Edit / Tweak to suit your / your students' needs
  • Share with students digitally so that they can work on it online
  • Print as hard copy work booklets

Please remember your feedback is always welcome.


  • Sharing/Copying this Resource

    Just buy one resource, then you're welcome to share within your department and with students at your school.  (I’m realistic!)

    However, PLEASE, be fair and refrain from sharing with other schools or other departments.

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