Exploring Informative Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2

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Exploring Informative Texts Unit Plan – Year 1 and Year 2

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9 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 1 - 2

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To understand the difference between real and make-believe.
  • To identify the difference between a fact and an opinion.
  • To use facts to describe people, places, animals and objects.
  • To identify and explore the structure of information reports.
  • To identify and explore the language features of informative texts.
  • To understand how descriptive and comparative language is used in informative texts.
  • To jointly construct a simple information report about an animal.
  • To construct a simple information report about an animal in pairs.
  • To independently create an informative fact booklet about an animal.

Informative writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. As animals and their characteristics are explored in detail throughout the unit, it lends itself particularly well to meaningful integration with Science.

Develop an informative writing wall 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. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Informative Writing category on the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a variety of informative texts before and during the unit. Read and view factual texts such as non-fiction books, newspaper reports and documentaries. Provide students with opportunities to read and respond to short informative texts. For examples of informative text comprehension resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan may need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Separating Fact From Fiction

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the difference between real and make-believe.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Fact or Opinion?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the difference between a fact and an opinion.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Just the Facts!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use facts to describe people, places, animals and objects.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Informative Texts - Text Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of information reports.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

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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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Using Descriptive and Comparative Language

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how descriptive and comparative language is used in informative texts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Animal Information Report - Modeled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will jointly construct a simple information report about an animal.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Animal Information Report - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple information report about an animal in pairs.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Animal Fact Book - Independent Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently create an informative fact book about an animal.

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  Common Core Curriculum alignment


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