Introduction to Personal Recounts Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Introduction to Personal Recounts Unit Plan

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

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 introduce the personal recount text type.
  • To identify and explore the structure of personal recounts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of personal recounts.
  • To investigate how events can be sequenced using time connectives.
  • To investigate how action verbs can be expressed in simple past tense.
  • To investigate how descriptive words, such as adjectives, can add detail to a personal recount.
  • To investigate how emotive words can add detail to a personal recount.
  • To jointly construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.
  • To construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience in pairs.
  • To independently construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.

Preparing for Learning

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a recount writing display in the classroom. 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 Recount Writing collection 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

On the Weekend

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the personal recount text type.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Personal Recounts - Text Structure

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Personal Recounts - Language Features

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Sequencing Ideas Using Time Connectives

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how events can be sequenced using time connectives.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Action Verbs in Simple Past Tense

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how action verbs can be expressed in simple past tense.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Adding Detail Using Describing Words

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how descriptive words, such as adjectives, can add detail to a personal recount.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Adding Detail Using Emotion Words

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how emotion words can add detail to a personal recount.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Personal Recounts - Modelled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will jointly construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Personal Recounts - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience in pairs.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Personal Recounts - Independent Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

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  Australian Curriculum alignment

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    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...

  • ACELY1656

    Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questionsElaborationslistening for details in spoken informative texts (Skills: Literacy)participating in informal ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ACELY1666

    Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others' ideas in discussionsElaborationsusing spoken language for problem solving, and exploring ideas and concepts (Skills: Literacy, Critical an...

  • 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...

  • ACELA1448

    Understand patterns of repetition and contrast in simple textsElaborationsidentifying patterns of vocabulary items in texts (for example class/subclass patterns, part/whole patterns, compare/contrast patterns, cause-and-effect patterns, word associat...

  • ACELA1452

    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...

  • ACELY1788

    Use interaction skills including turn-taking, recognising the contributions of others, speaking clearly and using appropriate volume and paceElaborationsidentifying turn-taking patterns in group and pair work (for example initiating a topic, changing...

  • 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...

  • ACELA1464

    Understand how texts are made cohesive through language features, including word associations, synonyms, and antonymsElaborationsexploring how texts develop their themes and ideas, building information through connecting similar and contrasting dissi...

  • 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 ...

  • ACELY1789

    Use interaction skills including initiating topics, making positive statements and voicing disagreement in an appropriate manner, speaking clearly and varying tone, volume and pace appropriatelyElaborationsdiscussing appropriate conventions to use in...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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