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


13 x Lessons


This English unit addresses the narrative text type, specifically, the structure, characters and language features included in a narrative.

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.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Introducing Narratives Through Fairy Tales

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the purpose and genre of narratives through fairy tales.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Creating a Writing Station for Narrative Writing

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

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Introducing Simple Narrative Structure

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the structure of a narrative text using familiar stories.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Exploring Simple Narrative Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the structure of a narrative text.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Building Characters from the Inside Out

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the methods authors use to create a character.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Character Traits - Personalities and Feelings

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore fictional characters' traits and feelings through texts and images.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Exploring Fairy Tale Characters

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the character traits and appearance of fairy tale characters.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Creating a Fictional Character

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan and develop a fictional character.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Interesting Sentences Make Exciting Stories

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs create interesting sentences.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Dressing Up Sentences - Narrative Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn how to create interesting sentences.

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Lesson 11 60 minutes

Planning for Narrative Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan a narrative using a planning tool and visual stimulus.

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Lesson 12 60 minutes

Writing a Narrative - Independent Writing Task

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

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Lesson 13 60 minutes

Proofreading and Editing - Narrative Writing

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

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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 > Literature > Literature and context
Discuss how authors create characters using language and images. (ACELT1581)

English > Year 1 > Literature > Responding to literature
Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students' own experiences. (ACELT1582)

English > Year 1 > Literature > Examining literature
Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different texts. (ACELT1584)

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 > Literature > Examining literature
Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways (ACELT1591)

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 > Language > Expressing and developing ideas
Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs) (ACELA1452)

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 > Language > Expressing and developing ideas
Understand that nouns represent people, places, concrete objects and abstract concepts; that there are three types of nouns: common, proper and pronouns; and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectives (ACELA1468)

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

English > Year 1 > Literature > Creating literature
Innovate on familiar texts by using similar characters, repetitive patterns or vocabulary. (ACELT1832)

English > Year 2 > Literature > Creating literature
Innovate on familiar texts by experimenting with character, setting or plot (ACELT1833)