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 - Modelled 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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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Year 1 > Language > Text structure and organisation
Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable ways. (ACELA1447)

English > Year 1 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
Describe some differences between imaginative informative and persuasive texts. (ACELY1658)

English > Year 1 > Literacy > Creating texts
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. (ACELY1661)

English > Year 2 > Language > Text structure and organisation
Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose. (ACELA1463)

English > Year 2 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts (ACELY1668)

English > Year 2 > Literacy > Creating texts
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 (ACELY1671)

English > Year 1 > Literacy > Creating texts
Reread student's own texts and discuss possible changes to improve meaning, spelling and punctuation. (ACELY1662)

English > Year 2 > Literacy > Creating texts
Reread and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structure (ACELY1672)

English > Year 2 > Language > Expressing and developing ideas
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 (ACELA1470)