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.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Exploring Narrative Texts PowerPoint – Year 1 and Year 2
- Story Map Template
- Little Red Riding Hood – Retell Activity Cards
- Hansel and Gretel Sequencing Activity Cards
- Exploring and Building Narrative Characters PowerPoint
- 25 Fairy Tale Character Posters
- Exploring Characters Posters
- Fairy Tales Settings Posters
- Dressing Up A Sentence Activity
- Narrative Writing Checklist (Simplified Version)
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 1
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 2
- Fairy Tales Writing Sheets
- 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.
NSW Curriculum alignment
Composes texts using letters of consistent size and slope and uses digital technologies
Uses a variety of strategies, including knowledge of sight words and letterâ€“sound correspondences, to spell familiar words
Identifies how language use in their own writing differs according to their purpose, audience and subject matter
Recognises that there are different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter
Uses basic grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary appropriate to the type of text when responding to and composing texts
Thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts
Responds to and composes a range of texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences
Victorian Curriculum alignment
Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable ways
Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose
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
Build on familiar texts by experimenting with character, setting or plot
Reread and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structure
Write words and sentences legibly using upper- and lower-case letters that are applied with growing fluency using an appropriate pen/pencil grip and body position
Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs)
Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and compare some features of characters in different texts
Understand that nouns represent people, places, things and ideas and include common, proper, concrete or abstract, and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectives
Australian Curriculum alignment
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...
Discuss how authors create characters using language and imagesElaborationsidentifying similarities between texts from different cultural traditions, for example representations of dragons in traditional European and Asian texts (Skills: Literacy, Cr...
Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different textsElaborationsexamining different types of literature including traditional tales, humorous stories and poetry (...
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...
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...
Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different waysElaborationsdescribing features of text settings including time, colours used to portray year, season, and place (count...
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...
Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs)Elaborationstalking about effective words that d...
Re-read studentâs 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...
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 ...
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...
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,...
Innovate on familiar texts by experimenting with character, setting or plotElaborationsinventing some speech, dialogue or behaviour of favourite or humorous characters through imagining an alternative event or outcome in the original text (Skills: Li...
Write using unjoined lower case and upper case lettersElaborationsusing correct posture and pencil grip)learning how each letter is constructed including where to start and the direction to follow)writing words legibly using unjoined print script of ...
Write legibly and with growing fluency using unjoined upper case and lower case lettersElaborationsusing correct pencil grip and posture)writing sentences legibly and fluently using unjoined print script of consistent size (Skills: Literacy)(View thi...