A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the language features of narrative texts.
- Choose a descriptive passage from a well-known piece of children’s literature to read to the students. Some excerpts to consider include:
- the description of the Grand High Witch from The Witches
- the description of the Great Hall from the Harry Potter series
- the description of the land of Narnia from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
- After reading, ask the students:
- What type of words were used in the passage?
- Why do you think the author chose these types of words?
- If these words were removed from the passage, what might be the effect of this?
- Discuss the language of narrative texts, as outlined on slide 14 of the Writing Narrative Texts PowerPoint. Discuss the first example text on slide 15, then encourage the students to label the second example text on slide 16.
- Display slide 17. As a class, label the descriptive language in the text of The Three Little Pigs.
- Provide the students with a copy of the Identifying Descriptive and Figurative Language Worksheets. Read through the instructions for the task and answer any questions the students may have.
- Allow the students to work through the worksheets independently. Monitor and support the students as required.
- As a class, discuss the answers for each of the worksheets. Allow the students to self-correct their work so they can monitor how well they have understood the lesson’s objective.
- Encourage more capable students to peer tutor others who may need assistance with the worksheets.
- Allow less confident students to be supported by peer tutors, or to work in a smaller group with a teacher or teacher aide.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
- used strategic whole class or individual questioning
- observed student participation during learning activities
- recorded student progress on a checklist
- annotated student work samples
- collected and reviewed student work samples
- facilitated whole class or peer feedback sessions
- encouraged student self-reflection
- administered formal assessment tasks.
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