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


15 x Lessons


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

It consists of 15 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.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Tell Me A Story

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the narrative text type using familiar stories.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Creating a Narrative Writing Station

A 60 minute lesson in which students will discuss writing goals and explore a classroom writing station.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Narrative Texts - Text Structure

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

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Narrative Texts - Language Features

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

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Exploring Descriptive Language in Context

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore how descriptive language in used in narrative texts.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Constructing a Narrative Paragraph

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and use the correct paragraph structure for narrative writing.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Narrative Features - Creating a Setting

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use descriptive language effectively to create a narrative setting.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Narrative Features - Building a Character

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use descriptive language effectively to build a character.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Quotation Marks in Narrative Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the correct use of quotation marks in narrative writing.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Narrative Features - Developing a Plot

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop a plot for a narrative which includes a setting, characters and a problem to be solved.

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Lesson 11 60 minutes

Narrative Skills - Sensational Story Starters

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate exciting, attention-grabbing methods of starting a story.

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Lesson 12 60 minutes

Narrative Skills - Shared Writing

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

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Lesson 13 60 minutes

Narrative Skills - Proofreading and Editing

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

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Lesson 14 60 minutes

Narrative Skills - Planning a Story

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently plan a setting, characters and plot for a narrative text.

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Lesson 15 60 minutes

Narrative Skills - Independent Writing

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

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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Year 3 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1599
Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrative

English > Year 3 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1601
Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle

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

English > Year 3 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1682
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

English > Year 4 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1605
Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension

English > Year 4 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1607
Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining

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

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1694
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

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

English > Year 3 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1600
Discuss the nature and effects of some language devices used to enhance meaning and shape the reader’s reaction, including rhythm and onomatopoeia in poetry and prose

English > Year 4 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1491
Understand how texts are made cohesive through the use of linking devices including pronoun reference and text connectives

English > Year 4 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1794
Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings

English > Year 4 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1492
Recognise how quotation marks are used in texts to signal dialogue, titles and quoted (direct) speech