Introduction to Historical Recounts Unit Plan

Introduction to Historical Recounts Unit Plan

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This English unit has been designed to introduce the historical recount text type to older students; specifically, the purpose, structure and language features of factual historical recounts.

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.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Historical Recounts - Literary vs Factual

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the difference between a literary historical recount and a factual historical recount.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Historical Recounts - Text Structure

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of historical recounts.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Historical Recounts - Language Features

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

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Research and Note Taking - Exciting Expeditions

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will research and take notes about an exciting expedition in history.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Shared Writing - Incredible Inventions

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a historical recount about the development of a famous invention in pairs.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

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

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Independent Writing - Amazing Achievements

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

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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Year 5 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1504
Understand how texts vary in purpose, structure and topic as well as the degree of formalityElaborationsbecoming familiar with the typical stages and language features of such text types as: narrative...

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1701
Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsexplaining how the features o...

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1704
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audienceElaboration...

English > Year 6 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1518
Understand how authors often innovate on text structures and play with language features to achieve particular aesthetic, humorous and persuasive purposes and effectsElaborationsexploring a range of e...

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1711
Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a textElaborationscomparing the structures and features of different texts, including print and digital sources o...

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1714
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audie...

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1705
Re-read and edit student’s own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language featuresElaborationsediting for flow and sense, organisation of ideas and choice of lan...

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1715
Re-read and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choicesElaborationsediting for coherence, sequence, effective choice of vocabulary, opening devic...

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1703
Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sourcesElaborationsusing research skills including identifying research purpose, ...

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1713
Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital textsElaborationsmaking connections between...


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