Writing Informative Texts Unit Plan – Year 5 and Year 6
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Writing Informative Texts Unit Plan – Year 5 and Year 6


10 x Lessons


This English unit addresses the informative text type; specifically, how to write a well-structured informative text.

It consists of 10 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 addresses the broad textual focus of informative writing. Teachers are encouraged to select a specific informative text type to focus on throughout the unit e.g. information report, factual description, explanation. In addition to this, teachers may also wish to select a specific content focus for students to write about e.g. objects, animals, phenomena. The resources accompanying this unit have been specifically designed to provide choice for teachers in these two areas.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Let's Get Factual!

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the purpose and types of informative texts.

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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

Informative Texts - Text Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of informative texts.

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Lesson 4 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 5 60 minutes

Informative Paragraph Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the correct paragraph structure for informative writing.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Constructing a Paragraph - Modelled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will correctly construct an informative paragraph.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Using A Fact File - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use a fact file and scaffolding sheet to write an informative text in pairs.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

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

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Research Skills - Note Taking

A 60 minute lesson in which students will take appropriate notes from an informative text.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Using a Stimulus - Independent Writing

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

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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1701
Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1704
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1711
Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1714
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1705
Reread and edit student's own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1715
Reread and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choices

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1703
Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1713
Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts