Exploring Informative Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2
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Exploring Informative Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2


9 x Lessons


This English unit has been designed to introduce the informative genre to younger students; specifically, the purpose, structure and language features of information reports.

It consists of 9 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 begins by addressing the overarching genre of informative writing, then focuses more specifically on information reports as an informative text type. The unit also begins by addressing the broad content focus of people, places, animals and objects; with animals used as a content focus in the later lessons.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Separating Fact From Fiction

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the difference between real and make-believe.

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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

Just the Facts!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use facts to describe people, places, animals and objects.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Informative Texts - Text Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of information reports.

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Lesson 5 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 6 60 minutes

Using Descriptive and Comparative Language

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how descriptive and comparative language is used in informative texts.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Animal Information Report - Modeled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will jointly construct a simple information report about an animal.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Animal Information Report - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple information report about an animal in pairs.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Animal Fact Book - Independent Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently create an informative fact book about an animal.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.9
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.9
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.5
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.5
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.