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

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15 x lessons | Suitable for years: 3 - 4

This English unit addresses the narrative text type, specifically how to plan and write an engaging story.

It consists of 15 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.

Objectives

  • To introduce the narrative text type using familiar stories.
  • To discuss writing goals and explore a classroom writing station.
  • To identify and explore the structure of narrative texts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of narrative texts.
  • To identify and explore how descriptive language in used in narrative texts.
  • To identify and use the correct paragraph structure for narrative writing.
  • To use descriptive language effectively to create a narrative setting.
  • To use descriptive language effectively to build a character.
  • To explore the correct use of quotation marks in narrative writing.
  • To develop a plot for a narrative which includes a setting, characters and a problem to be solved.
  • To investigate exciting, attention-grabbing methods of starting a story.
  • To write a narrative, in pairs, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To independently plan a setting, characters and plot for a narrative text.
  • To independently write a narrative, using appropriate text structure, language and features.

Preparing for Learning

Develop a narrative writing station 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. Allow the students to use the writing stimuli and writing station to create their own narratives during writing time. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Narrative Writing collection on the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a variety of narrative texts before and during the unit. Read and view picture books, traditional tales, short stories and children's novels. Provide the students with opportunities to read and respond to short narrative texts. For examples of narrative comprehension teaching 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

Curriculum

  • 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...

  • ACELT1599

    Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrativeElaborationsidentifying and discussing the use of descriptive adjectives (‘in the middle of a va...

  • ACELT1600

    Discuss the nature and effects of some language devices used to enhance meaning and shape the reader’s reaction, including rhythm and onomatopoeia in poetry and proseElaborationsidentifying the effect of imagery in texts, for example the use of ...

  • ACELT1601

    Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angleElaborationsdrawing on literary texts read, viewed and listened to for insp...

  • 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...

  • ACELA1491

    Understand how texts are made cohesive through the use of linking devices including pronoun reference and text connectivesElaborationsknowing how authors construct texts that are cohesive and coherent through the use of: pronouns that link to somethi...

  • ACELA1492

    Recognise how quotation marks are used in texts to signal dialogue, titles and quoted (direct) speechElaborationsexploring texts to identify the use of quotation marks (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)experimenting with the use of qu...

  • ACELT1605

    Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tensionElaborationsexamining the author’s description of a c...

  • ACELT1607

    Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imaginingElaborationsdrawing upon literary texts students have encountered and experimenting with changing particular aspects, for example the time or place of the setting, adding ...

  • ACELT1794

    Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settingsElaborationscollaboratively plan, compose, sequence and prepare a literary text along a familiar storyline, using film, sound and images to convey setting, characters and points o...

  • 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...

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