Developing Informative Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

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Developing Informative Writing Skills Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

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10 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

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. animals, objects, people. The resources accompanying this unit have been specifically designed to provide choice for teachers in these two areas.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Face the Facts!

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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?

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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

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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

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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

Building a Description Using Facts

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will build a description of an animal, person or object using facts.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Constructing a Paragraph - Modeled Writing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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