This English unit uses fairy tales to introduce the narrative text type to younger students. It addresses the structure, characters and language features of a narrative.
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 plan includes the following resources:
- Exploring Narrative Texts PowerPoint – Year 1 and Year 2
- Story Map Template
- Little Red Riding Hood – Retell Activity Cards
- Hansel and Gretel Sequencing Activity Cards
- Exploring and Building Narrative Characters PowerPoint
- 25 Fairy Tale Character Posters
- Exploring Characters Posters
- Fairy Tales Settings Posters
- Dressing Up A Sentence Activity
- Narrative Writing Checklist (Simplified Version)
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 1
- Editing Passages PowerPoint – Grade 2
- Fairy Tales Writing Sheets
- To explore the key features of the fairy tale genre.
- To identify the structure of a narrative text using fairy tales.
- To further explore the structure of a narrative text using fairy tales.
- To explore the methods authors use to create a character.
- To develop a character for a fairy tale.
- To develop a setting for a fairy tale.
- To develop a complication and resolution for a fairy tale.
- To use descriptive language to add additional detail to sentences.
- To independently write a fairy tale, using appropriate text structure, language and features.
- To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
Preparing for Learning
Develop a fairy tale classroom display before commencing the unit. Display word wall vocabulary, posters and learning goals that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Fairy Tales collection on the Teach Starter website.
Expose the students to a variety of narrative texts before and during the unit. Read and view picture books, traditional tales, short stories and children’s novels. Provide the students with opportunities to read and respond to short narrative texts. For examples of narrative comprehension teaching resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
Use frequently occurring adjectives.
Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).