Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson focuses on developing specific ideas for writing while also providing the opportunity to practise broader narrative writing skills. Students will watch Faber-Castell’s Rocket Ship clip, then use the clip as a prompt to sketch ideas as well as plan and draft a narrative. Students will then review a peer’s story and provide feedback and reflect on the improvements that they could make to their writing and approach to the task. This lesson is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*. 

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Learning intention:

  • Students will be able to develop a clear and concise idea for a story and translate the idea into a written narrative.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 English

  • Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle (ACELT1601)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print, and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)

Syllabus outcomes: EN2-2A.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Relevant parts of Year 3 English achievement standards: Students understand how content can be organised using different text structures depending on the purpose of the text. They create a range of texts for familiar and unfamiliar audiences, and re-read and edit their writing, checking their work for appropriate vocabulary, structure and meaning.

Topic: NAPLAN Preparation.

Unit of work: Faber-Castell – NAPLAN Preparation.

Time required: 120 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – much roaming and conversation with individuals and small groups will be required to support students with ideas development.

Resources required: Interactive whiteboard or projector with sound and internet access. Blank sheets of paper/sketch books for each student. Writing paper or writing books for each student. Pens/pencils. Example Narrative Plan. Peer Feedback template.

Keywords: NAPLAN, English, narrative, idea, mood, character, complication, setting, audience, creativity, structure.

*This lesson plan is not an officially endorsed publication of NAPLAN’s creators and administrators – the ACARA body – but is designed to provide practise for the Australian Curriculum’s compulsory NAPLAN testing scheme.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will be able to develop a clear and concise idea for a story and translate the idea into a written narrative.

Success criteria: Students can...

  • ... record their narrative writing ideas using a planning template.
  • ... write a narrative reflective of their original plan and ideas.

Teacher content information: This lesson draws on a creative video produced by Faber-Castell which depicts the design of a rocket ship and its lift-off into space. The purpose of this video is to stimulate student creativity by either prompting an idea relating to the image or prompting development of the student’s own image to then be used as the basis of a fictional narrative.

This lesson directly links to the NAPLAN narrative writing marking criteria ideas, characters and setting and cohesion (as shown in the table below) by focusing on the overarching context, themes and mood of the text.

A vital skill to being a successful narrative writer is

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