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.
Common Core State Standards alignment
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types....
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures)....
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic....
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure....
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed....
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section....
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing....
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