NAPLAN Narrative Writing Introduction


In this training module, we are looking at understanding Narrative Writing.

A narrative is a time-ordered text that is used to narrate events and to engage, entertain and emotionally move an audience.

Other social purposes of narrative writing may be to inform, explain, instruct and/or persuade.

The main structural components of a narrative are the orientation, the complication and the resolution.

Essential features of the narrative are the representation and development of a character or characters and setting.

Student stories may incorporate elements of adventure, mystery, horror, romance or science fiction.

In NAPLAN, a student’s writing is assessed by using an analytical, criterion-referenced marking guide, consisting of a rubric and sample scripts.

There are ten criteria and each contains a skills focus, which forms the ten stages of this training.

They are…

·        Audience

·        Text Structure

·        Ideas

·        Character and Setting

·        Vocabulary

·        Cohesion

·        Paragraphing

·        Sentence Structure

·        Punctuation and

·        Spelling

Through the use of ‘category descriptors’, the objective is to determine a ‘category score’.

Scores can range from zero to two and zero to six, depending on the individual criterion.

Once you’ve scored all criteria, you have then completed the marking process.

It may sound a little complex, but no need to worry. While there’s quite a bit to cover, a Writing Marking Guide for each literacy assessment is available via the Additional Course Material link.

The guide is essentially your go-to reference, for supporting information and sample scripts, as you work your way through the training.

An ACARA PowerPoint Presentation is also available, via the same link.

This presentation provides additional information, vital to each criterion.

It may be difficult to mark some of the criteria accurately, without referring to this presentation. So it’s best to keep both guides handy at all times.

And just to be sure you understand the scoring process, at the end of each criterion you’ll have an opportunity to test yourself using the Training Scripts, which are available via the Training exercise link.

So… without further ado, let’s get started with your training.

Good luck!