Introduction to Personal Recounts Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Introduction to Personal Recounts Unit Plan

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10 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 1 - 2

This writing unit has been designed to introduce the recount text type to younger students; specifically, the purpose, structure, and language features of personal recounts.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60-minute durations.

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.

 

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the personal recount text type.
  • To identify and explore the structure of personal recounts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of personal recounts.
  • To investigate how events can be sequenced using time connectives.
  • To investigate how action verbs can be expressed in simple past tense.
  • To investigate how descriptive words, such as adjectives, can add detail to a personal recount.
  • To investigate how emotive words can add detail to a personal recount.
  • To jointly construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.
  • To construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience in pairs.
  • To independently construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.

Prior to starting the unit, develop a recount writing display in the classroom. Display word wall vocabularyposters, 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 Recount Writing collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources that 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 starting the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

On the Weekend

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the personal recount text type.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Personal Recounts - Text Structure

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the structure of personal recounts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Personal Recounts - Language Features

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the language features of personal recounts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Sequencing Ideas Using Time Connectives

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how events can be sequenced using time connectives.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Action Verbs in Simple Past Tense

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how action verbs can be expressed in simple past tense.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Adding Detail Using Describing Words

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how descriptive words, such as adjectives, can add detail to a personal recount.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Adding Detail Using Emotion Words

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how emotion words can add detail to a personal recount.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Personal Recounts - Modeled Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will jointly construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Personal Recounts - Shared Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience in pairs.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Personal Recounts - Independent Writing

A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently construct a simple personal recount about a familiar experience.

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  Common Core Curriculum alignment


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