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

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

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7 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

This English unit addresses the purpose, structure and language features of the procedure text type.

It consists of 7 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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the purpose and types of procedure texts.
  • To identify and explore the structure of procedure texts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of procedure texts.
  • To improve a procedure text by applying knowledge of procedure text structure and language features.
  • To write a procedure text in pairs explaining how to make something.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To independently write a procedure text explaining how to play a game.

Procedural writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the unit with other learning areas e.g. ScienceTechnology, Physical Education.

Develop a procedural writing wall in the classroom before commencing the unit. Display word wall vocabularyposters and learning goals that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Procedure Texts collection on the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a variety of procedure texts before and during the unit. Read and view procedure texts such as recipes, rules for board games and craft activity instructions. Encourage the students to bring in sample procedure texts from home to share with the class.

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

How Do You Do It?

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Procedure Texts - Text Structure

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Procedure Texts - Language Features

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Modelled Writing - Improving Procedure Texts

A 60 minute lesson in which students will improve a procedure text by applying knowledge of procedure text structure and language features.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Shared Writing - How Do You Make It?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will write a procedure text in pairs explaining how to make something.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

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 7

Independent Writing - How Do You Play It?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently write a procedure text explaining how to play a game.

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