Year 3 Writing | Literacy knowledge and skills are essential to effective communication across all learning areas. For Year 3, 3 areas of literacy are assessed as part of NAPLAN:

  • Writing
  • Language conventions
  • Reading

English requires students to be taught a variety of forms of writing at school. The three main text types (previously called genres) that are taught are imaginative writing – including narrative writing, informative writing and persuasive writing. In the writing tests, students are provided with a ‘writing stimulus’ (sometimes called a prompt – an idea or topic) and asked to write a response in a particular text type. To date the text types that students have been tested on are narrative writing and persuasive writing. Informative writing is not yet tested by NAPLAN.

Since 2015, there have been two writing prompts: one prompt for Years 3 and 5; and a different prompt of the same text type for Years 7 and 9. Previously, there was one prompt for all year levels.

Key items on which are considered during marking are: Audience, Text structure, Ideas, Persuasive devices, Vocabulary, Cohesion, Paragraphing, Sentence structure, Punctuation and Spellings.

Year 3 Writing Prompt 1 Writing Prompt Persuasive Type
Year 3 Writing Prompt 2 Writing Prompt Persuasive Type
Year 3 Writing Prompt 3 Writing Prompt Persuasive Type
Year 3 Writing Prompt 4 Writing Prompt Narrative Type