It consists of 13 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.
- To introduce the purpose and genre of narratives through fairy tales.
- To create and explore a classroom writing station and to discuss writing goals.
- To introduce the structure of a narrative text using familiar stories.
- To explore the structure of a narrative text.
- To explore the methods authors use to create a character.
- To explore fictional characters' traits and feelings through texts and images.
- To explore the character traits and appearance of fairy tale characters.
- To plan and develop a fictional character.
- To explore how nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs create interesting sentences.
- To plan a narrative using a planning tool and visual stimulus.
- To independently write a narrative, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
- To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
Preparing for Learning
Develop a narrative writing station 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. Allow the students to use the writing stimuli and writing station to create their own narratives during writing time. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Narrative Writing collection on the Teach Starter website.
Expose the students to a variety of narrative texts before and during the unit. Read and view picture books, traditional tales, short stories and children’s novels. Provide the students with opportunities to read and respond to short narrative texts. For examples of narrative comprehension teaching resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
Common Core State Standards alignment
Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.B
Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.F
Use frequently occurring adjectives.
Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.E
Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.F
Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).