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

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10 x lessons | Suitable for years: 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.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Jigar Rai

    Well done!

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Thanks, Jigar!

  • Temidayo Ayoade

    Fantastic one! Well done!

    • Royce (Teach Starter)

      Thank you Temidayo Ayoade for sharing your lovely feedback.

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    • Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hey Rabiah, thank you for your lovely feedback.

  • Thomas Earley

    When downloading it seems to miss a few files, most notably lesson 1, 7 and 8. Not sure if this is just me or a common problem. No issues getting them individually but might be something to look into. Otherwise a great resource! Thank you so much!

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      Hi Thomas, I've downloaded the unit from my end and don't seem to be having any issues... perhaps you could try again? If you're still having problems, please feel free to email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you. Kind regards, Steph

  • Lena Larsen

    Hi I've used another unit and found that there was Australian Curriculum alignment for all of the lessons. I can't seem to find this alignment for this Writing Unit - Am I not looking in the right place? Thanks

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      Hi Lena, Thanks for your comment. The Australian Curriculum codes for the unit should appear at the very bottom of the unit plan page on the website, underneath the resources. This is also where the codes should appear for each of the lessons within the unit. Please let me know if you have any further trouble locating these. Kind regards, Steph


    When I download this document, it comes up as years 5&6, not 3&4????

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Denise! This error has now been corrected and the Year 3 and Year 4 resources are ready for download. Kind regards, - Steph