Exploring Narrative Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2

Unit Plan

Exploring Narrative Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2

10 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 1 - 2

This English unit uses fairy tales to introduce the narrative text type to younger students. It addresses the structure, characters and language features of a narrative.

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To explore the key features of the fairy tale genre.
  • To identify the structure of a narrative text using fairy tales.
  • To further explore the structure of a narrative text using fairy tales.
  • To explore the methods authors use to create a character.
  • To develop a character for a fairy tale.
  • To develop a setting for a fairy tale.
  • To develop a complication and resolution for a fairy tale.
  • To use descriptive language to add additional detail to sentences.
  • To independently write a fairy tale, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.

Preparing for Learning

Develop a fairy tale classroom display before commencing the unit. Display word wall vocabulary, posters 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 Fairy Tales 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

60 minutes
Lesson 1

What Are Fairy Tales?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the key features of the fairy tale genre.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Introducing Simple Narrative Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the structure of a narrative text using fairy tales.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Exploring Simple Narrative Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the structure of a narrative text.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Exploring Fairy Tale Characters

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the methods authors use to create a character.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Creating a Fairy Tale Character

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop a character for a fairy tale.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Creating a Fairy Tale Setting

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop a setting for a fairy tale.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

What's the Problem?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop a complication and resolution for a fairy tale.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Dressing Up Sentences for Narrative Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use descriptive language to add additional detail to sentences.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Writing a Fairy Tale

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently write a fairy tale, using appropriate text structure, language and features.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Proofreading and Editing - Narrative Writing

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

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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  • ACELT1581

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  • ACELY1661

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  • ACELA1463

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  • ACELT1591

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  • ACELY1671

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  • ACELA1452

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  • ACELY1662

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  • ACELA1468

    Understand that nouns represent people, places, concrete objects and abstract concepts; that there are three types of nouns: common, proper and pronouns; and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectivesElaborationsexploring ...

  • 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...

  • ACELT1832

    Innovate on familiar texts by using similar characters, repetitive patterns or vocabularyElaborationsimitating a characteristic piece of speech or dialogue, or the attitude or expression of favourite or humorous characters in texts (Skills: Literacy,...

  • ACELT1833

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  • ACELY1663

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  • ACELY1673

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