RAF4 Levels

RAF4 – identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features at text level

3 – In most reading

  • a few basic features of organisation at text level identified, with little or no linked comment, e.g. ‘it tells about all the different things you can do at the zoo’

4 – Across a range of reading

  • some structural choices identified with simple comment, e.g. ‘he describes the accident first and then goes back to tell you why the child was in the road’
  • some basic features of organisation at text level identified, e.g. ‘the writer uses bullet points for the main reasons’

5 – Across a range of reading

  • comments on structural choices show some general awareness of writer’s craft, e.g. ‘it tells you all things burglars can do to your house and then the last section explains how the alarm protects you’
  • various features relating to organisation at text level, including form, are clearly identified, with some explanation,e.g. ‘each section starts with a question as if he’s answering the crowd’

6 – Across a range of reading

  • some detailed exploration of how structural choices support the writer’s theme or purpose, e.g. tracing how main ideas/characters develop over the text as a whole
  • comment on how a range of features relating to organisation at text level contribute to the effects achieved, e.g. how the writer builds up to an unexpected ending, juxtaposes ideas, changes perspectives or uses everyday examples to illustrate complex ideas

7 – Across a range of reading

  • some evaluation of the extent to which structural choices support the writer’s theme or purpose, e.g. exploration of the way a play’s plot and subplot reflect on theme, or analysis of how the use of some inappropriate examples undermine the writer’s argument against vivisection
  • some appreciation of the skill with which a yyrange of features relating to organisation at text level are used, e.g. evaluating or comparing the effectiveness of timeswitches, section/chapter breaks or verse forms or use of direct speech in non-narrative

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