Writing Biographical Texts Unit Plan

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9 x lessons | Suitable for years: 6

This English unit addresses the purpose, structure and language features of the biography text type.

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.

While the learning experiences in this unit have been specifically aligned to the Year 6 Australian Curriculum, the content may be modified to suit other year levels.

An independent writing task and an oral presentation task, which may both be used for assessment purposes, are included in the unit.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

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Curriculum

  • 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 everyday, community, literary and informative texts...

  • ACELA1525

    Investigate how vocabulary choices, including evaluative language can express shades of meaning, feeling and opinionElaborationsidentifying (for example from reviews) the ways in which evaluative language is used to assess the qualities of the variou...

  • ACELY1709

    Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinionsElaborationsusing strategies, for example pausing, questioning, rephras...

  • ACELY1816

    Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audienceElaborationsparticipating in pair, group, class, s...

  • ACELY1710

    Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasisElaborationsusing technologies to collaboratively p...

  • 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 on similar topics, and evaluating which features be...

  • ACELY1712

    Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadingsElaborationsbringing subject and...

  • 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 audienceElaborationscreating informative texts for two ...

  • 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 devices, dialogue and description, humour and pathos, a...

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