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These resources are intended to support teachers and schools as they prepare for the
NAPLAN English Reading test for Year 9. They do not and are not intended to reflect the
exact format or nature of the NAPLAN tests.
Experienced NSW English teacher and marker Nerida Wayland has composed the
following resources for The Red Room Company.
Nerida Wayland has taught secondary English since 1997 in both the public and private
systems, as well as overseas in London. Her qualifications include: Education, TESOL K-12
and Book Editing and Publishing.
She is currently finishing her final year of a Masters in Children's Literature degree
at university where she is writing a dissertation exploring the impact comedy has on
representations of masculinity and how humour functions to interrogate dominant
ideologies in children's literature. She was the recipient of the Macquarie University
"Northside Arts Festival Prize" for an essay on a work of art in any artistic form in 2009.
Nerida writes book reviews, has had a short story published in an anthology and is
completing a creative writing course as part of her degree. She is a Mum to two little
boys who provide the perfect excuse for her to read picture books every night.
Year 9 NAPLAN Style Resources
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NAPLAN Style Sample Questions
The School Teacher
Read the poem The School Teacher by Liz Allen and answer the following
1. Identify the main idea in the poem:
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2. Which adjective best describes the teacher's attitude to her physical appearance?
3. 'pervasive feeling' means:
• Contained or manageable
• Widespread or rife
• Occasional or sporadic
• Unnerving or unsettling
4. 'her flat little life' coveys a tone of:
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5. 'the acceptance of / imperfection which has crept up like the formation / of wrinkles' is
an example of:
• A metaphor
• A simile
6. This example shows the reader that:
• She detests anything that is imperfect
• It has happened quickly
• It has happened over many years without her realising
• She celebrates imperfection
7. Why does the poet use the image of the plane in the poem?
• It is symbolic of her loss of control, emotion and freedom in her life
• It is symbolic of her tragic circumstances
• It is symbolic of her desire to take a holiday
• It is symbolic of her own panic