Exploring Informative Texts Unit Plan - Year 1 and Year 2

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9 x lessons | Suitable for years: 1 - 2

This English unit has been designed to introduce the informative genre to younger students; specifically, the purpose, structure and language features of information reports.

It consists of 9 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 begins by addressing the overarching genre of informative writing, then focuses more specifically on information reports as an informative text type. The unit also begins by addressing the broad content focus of people, places, animals and objects; with animals used as a content focus in the later lessons.

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Curriculum

  • ACELA1447

    Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable waysElaborationsdiscussing and comparing the purposes of familiar texts drawn from local contexts and interests (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)becoming f...

  • ACELY1658

    Describe some differences between imaginative informative and persuasive textsElaborationscomparing and discussing texts identifying some features that distinguish those that ‘tell stories’ from those that ‘give opinions’ (Skills...

  • ACELY1661

    Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagramsElaborationsref...

  • ACELY1662

    Re-read student’s own texts and discuss possible changes to improve meaning, spelling and punctuationElaborationsadding or deleting words on page or screen to improve meaning, for example adding an adjective to a noun (Skills: Literacy, Critical...

  • ACELA1463

    Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purposeElaborationsidentifying the topic and type of a text through its visual presentation, for example cover design, packa...

  • ACELA1470

    Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purposeElaborationsinterpreting new terminology drawing on prior knowledge, analogies and connec...

  • ACELY1668

    Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive textsElaborationsidentifying the main purpose of a text, including whether the author wants to entertain, explain or persuade and considering how audiences might respond to those texts ...

  • ACELY1671

    Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose...

  • ACELY1672

    Re-read and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structureElaborationsreading their work and adding, deleting or changing words, prepositional phrases or sentences to improve meaning, for example replacing an everyday noun w...

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  • Amanda Thepanda
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    Is there a marking rubric for this unit? The NAPLAN-style rubrics for the upper year's units are great and it would be useful to have a similar rubric for this unit.

    • Kristian
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      Hi Amanda, thank you for your comment. We don’t currently provide rubrics for our units. As I’m sure you would understand, all schools are extremely different in the manner in which student understanding is assessed, recorded and reported and we cannot possibly create a rubric that would suit everyone. We do have a comprehensive set of assessment trackers linked to the Australian Curriculum which can be used to monitor student progress. These can be found here: https://www.teachstarter.com/teaching-resource-collection/australian-curriculum-assessment-trackers/ If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don't hesitate to contact me.

  • kelsiejoanne
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    I can't wait to use this resource next term! I used the persuasive unit last year and loved it.

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)
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      I hope you really enjoy teaching this unit, Kelsie! I really enjoyed creating it.

  • Kayelene Fowler
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    Thank you for putting together this resource, it is great!

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)
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      You're most welcome, Kayelene! I hope you really enjoy implementing the unit in your classroom. Kind regards, - Steph