Developing Informative Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4
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Developing Informative Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4


10 x Lessons


This English unit addresses the informative text type; specifically, how to write a well-structured informative 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.

This unit of work addresses the broad textual focus of informative writing. Teachers are encouraged to select a specific informative text type to focus on throughout the unit e.g. information report, factual description, explanation. In addition to this, teachers may also wish to select a specific content focus for students to write about e.g. animals, objects, people. The resources accompanying this unit have been specifically designed to provide choice for teachers in these two areas.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Face the Facts!

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the purpose and types of informative texts.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Fact or Opinion?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the difference between a fact and an opinion.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Informative Texts - Text Structure

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

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Informative Texts - Language Features

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the language features of informative texts.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Building a Description Using Facts

A 60 minute lesson in which students will build a description of an animal, person or object using facts.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Constructing a Paragraph - Modelled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will correctly construct an informative paragraph.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Using A Fact File - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use a fact file and scaffolding sheet to write an informative text in pairs.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

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

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Research Skills - Note Taking

A 60 minute lesson in which students will take appropriate notes from an informative text.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Using a Stimulus - Independent Writing

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

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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Year 3 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
Identify the audience and purpose of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts (ACELY1678)

English > Year 3 > Literacy > Creating texts
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1690)

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Creating texts
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)

English > Year 3 > Language > Text structure and organisation
Understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written texts (ACELA1479)

English > Year 3 > Literacy > Creating texts
Reread and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuation (ACELY1683)

English > Year 4 > Language > Language for interaction
Understand differences between the language of opinion and feeling and the language of factual reporting or recording (ACELA1489)

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Creating texts
Reread and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structure (ACELY1695)

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating texts (ACELY1692)