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.
- To understand the difference between real and make-believe.
- To identify the difference between a fact and an opinion.
- To use facts to describe people, places, animals and objects.
- To identify and explore the structure of information reports.
- To identify and explore the language features of informative texts.
- To understand how descriptive and comparative language is used in informative texts.
- To jointly construct a simple information report about an animal.
- To construct a simple information report about an animal in pairs.
- To independently create an informative fact booklet about an animal.
Preparing for Learning
Informative writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. As animals and their characteristics are explored in detail throughout the unit, it lends itself particularly well to meaningful integration with Science.
Develop an informative writing wall in the classroom before commencing the unit. Display texts, word wall vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Informative Writing category on the Teach Starter website.
Expose the students to a variety of informative texts before and during the unit. Read and view factual texts such as non-fiction books, newspaper reports and documentaries. Provide students with opportunities to read and respond to short informative texts. For examples of informative text comprehension resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan may need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
Australian Curriculum alignment
English > Year 1 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1447
Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable ways.
English > Year 1 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1658
Describe some differences between imaginative informative and persuasive texts.
English > Year 1 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1661
Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams.
English > Year 2 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1463
Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose.
English > Year 2 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1668
Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts
English > Year 2 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1671
Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose
English > Year 1 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1662
Reread student's own texts and discuss possible changes to improve meaning, spelling and punctuation.
English > Year 2 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1672
Reread and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structure
English > Year 2 > Language > Expressing and developing ideas > ACELA1470
Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purpose
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