Developing Informative Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

Unit Plan

Developing Informative Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

Free | 10 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

This English unit addresses the informative text type; specifically, how to write a well-structured informative text.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.

This unit of work addresses the broad textual focus of informative writing. Teachers are encouraged to select a specific informative text type to focus on throughout the unit e.g. information report, factual description, explanation. In addition to this, teachers may also wish to select a specific content focus for students to write about e.g. animals, objects, people. The resources accompanying this unit have been specifically designed to provide choice for teachers in these two areas.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the purpose of informational texts.
  • To identify the difference between a fact and an opinion.
  • To identify and explore the structure of informational texts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of an informational text.
  • To build a description of an animal, person, or object using facts.
  • To correctly write a paragraph for an informational text.
  • To use a fact file and scaffolding sheet to write an informative text in pairs.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To take appropriate notes from an informative text.
  • To independently write an informative text using appropriate text structure, language, and features.

Preparing for Learning

Informative writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate informative writing with other learning areas e.g. Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technology. Before commencing the unit, choose a content focus for informative writing which links with the learning taking place in these other subject areas.

Develop an informative writing wall in the classroom before commencing the unit. Display texts, word wall vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Informative Writing category on the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a variety of informative texts before and during the unit. Read and view factual texts such as non-fiction books, newspaper reports and documentaries. Provide students with opportunities to read and respond to short informative texts. For examples of informative text comprehension resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Face the Facts!

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the purpose and types of informative texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Fact or Opinion?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the difference between a fact and an opinion.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Informative Texts - Text Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of informative texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Informative Texts - Language Features

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the language features of informative texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Building a Description Using Facts

A 60 minute lesson in which students will build a description of an animal, person or object using facts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Constructing a Paragraph - Modelled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will correctly construct an informative paragraph.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Using A Fact File - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use a fact file and scaffolding sheet to write an informative text in pairs.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Research Skills - Note Taking

A 60 minute lesson in which students will take appropriate notes from an informative text.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Using a Stimulus - Independent Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently write an informative text, using appropriate text structure, language and features.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELY1678

    Identify the audience and purpose of imaginative, informative and persuasive textsElaborationsidentifying the author’s point of view on a topic and key words and images that seem intended to persuade listeners, viewers or readers to agree with t...

  • ACELY1682

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purposeElaborationsusing pri...

  • ACELY1690

    Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsdescribing the language which authors use to create imaginary worlds; how textual features such as headings, subheadings...

  • ACELY1694

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language featuresElaborationsusing re...

  • ACELA1479

    Understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written textsElaborationsnoticing how longer texts are organised into paragraphs, each beginning with a topic sentence/paragraph opener which predicts how the paragraph will develop and i...

  • ACELY1683

    Re-read and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuationElaborationsusing glossaries, print and digital dictionaries and spell check to edit spelling, realising that spell check accuracy depends on understanding ...

  • ACELA1489

    Understand differences between the language of opinion and feeling and the language of factual reporting or recordingElaborationsidentifying ways thinking verbs are used to express opinion, for example ‘I think’, ‘I believe’, and ...

  • ACELY1695

    Re-read and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structureElaborationsrevising written texts: editing for grammatical and spelling accuracy and clarity of the text, to improve the connection betwe...

  • ACELY1692

    Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating textsElaborationsmaking connections between the text and students’ own experience and oth...

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