Writing Narrative Texts Unit Plan - Year 5 and Year 6

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10 x lessons | Suitable for years: 5 - 6

This English unit addresses the narrative text type; specifically, how to write an engaging narrative text.

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.

Objectives

  • To introduce the purpose and genres of narrative texts.
  • To identify and explore the structure of narrative texts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of narrative texts.
  • To use descriptive language effectively to create a narrative setting.
  • To use descriptive language effectively to build a character.
  • To develop a plot for a narrative which includes a setting, characters and a problem to be solved.
  • To investigate exciting, attention-grabbing methods of starting a story.
  • To write a narrative, in pairs, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To independently write a narrative, using appropriate text structure, language and features.

Preparing for Learning

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a narrative writing wall in the classroom. Display texts, word wall vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students' interest and assist in their learning throughout the unit. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Narrative Writing 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.

Lessons

Curriculum

  • ACELA1508

    Understand how noun groups/phrases and adjective groups/phrases can be expanded in a variety of ways to provide a fuller description of the person, place, thing or ideaElaborationslearning how to expand a description by combining a related set of nou...

  • ACELT1610

    Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responsesElaborationsidentifying the narrative voice (the person or entity through whom the audience experience...

  • ACELT1612

    Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experiencedElaborationsusing texts with computer-based graphics, animation and 2D qualities, consider how and why par...

  • 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 of a text advocating community action, for example ...

  • 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 audienceElaborationsusing research from print and digital resources t...

  • 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 language, revising and trying new approaches if an el...

  • ACELA1523

    Understand how ideas can be expanded and sharpened through careful choice of verbs, elaborated tenses and a range of adverb groups/phrasesElaborationsknowing that verbs often represent actions and that the choice of more expressive verbs makes an act...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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