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.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Introduction to Personal Recounts PowerPoint
- Personal Recounts Worksheet – My Wonderful Weekend
- Personal Recount Sequencing Activity – My Broken Leg
- Personal Recount Sequencing Activity – Surprise!
- Personal Recount Sequencing Activity – Police Car Ride
- Goals – Writing (Lower Elementary)
- Time Connectives Word Wall
- Simple Present and Past Tense Match-Up Cards (Irregular Verbs)
- Simple Present and Past Tense Match-Up Cards (Regular Verbs)
- Personal Recount Planning Template
- Recognizing Feelings Flashcards
- Simple Recounts – Writing Scaffold
- 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 vocabulary, posters 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.
National Curriculum Curriculum alignment
- Key Stage 1 (KS1)
Key Stage 1 (KS1) covers students in Year 1 and Year 2.
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