Writing Biographical Texts Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Writing Biographical Texts Unit Plan

9 x Lessons | Suitable for Grade: 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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce biographical texts.
  • To identify and explore the structure of biographical texts.
  • To explore life events that may or may not be included in a biographical text.
  • To identify and explore the structure of biographical texts.
  • To explore the skills required to conduct a successful interview.
  • To write a biography in pairs about a teacher’s life using primary information.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To independently write a biography using appropriate text structure, language and features.
  • To present a biography as an oral presentation.

Preparing for Learning

Biography writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the unit with other learning areas, e.g. History, Science, The Arts.

Develop a biography writing wall in the classroom before commencing the unit. Display word wall vocabulary, posters and a ‘bump it up’ display that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Biography Writing resource collection on the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a variety of biographical texts during the unit. A wide range of high-quality biographies can be found at Biographies Online. The Free School channel on YouTube also has an extensive set of biography videos available.

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

Who Am I?

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce biographical texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Biographical Texts Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of biographical texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Life Events – What to Include?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore life events that may or may not be included in a biographical text.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Biographical Text Language Features

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of biographical texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

The Art of the Interview

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the skills required to conduct a successful interview.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Shared Writing – A Teacher's Life

A 60 minute lesson in which students will write a biography in pairs about a teacher’s life using primary information.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Independent Writing – An Adult I Admire

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Oral Presentation – An Adult I Admire

A 60 minute lesson in which students will present a biography as an oral presentation.

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  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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