Quick summary: In this lesson, students will complete activities to develop narrative writing skills. Students will watch a short clip about a World Traveller and share the journeys they have been on in their lives. Students will plan their own ‘journey’ story using the Hero’s Journey writing frame. They will then draft a narrative and apply the ‘show, don’t tell’ principle. They will work with a peer to reflect on whether they have applied the ‘show, don’t tell’ principle, then reflect individually on their approach to the narrative writing 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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- Students will be able to show character’s feelings and actions without directly stating them.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 English
- Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553)
- Experiment with the ways that language features, image and sound can be adapted in literary texts, for example the effects of stereotypical characters and settings, the playfulness of humour and pun and the use of hyperlink (ACELT1638)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
- Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)
Syllabus outcomes: EN5-2A, EN5-4B, EN5-1A.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.
Relevant parts of Year 9 English achievement standards: Students understand how to use a variety of language features to create different levels of meaning. In creating texts, students demonstrate how manipulating language features and images can create innovative texts. They edit for effect, selecting vocabulary and grammar that contribute to the precision and persuasiveness of texts and using accurate spelling and punctuation.
Topic: NAPLAN Preparation.
Unit of work: Faber-Castell – NAPLAN Preparation.
Time required: 120 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Some students will require support to develop ideas.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Writing Plan Template. Show Don’t Tell Examples.
Keywords: NAPLAN, English, main character, protagonist, Show Don’t Tell, imply, idiom, simile, figurative language.
*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.
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