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WRITING

UNIT PLANNER AusVELS Level: 6 Term: 3 Year: 2015


Dimension: English

AusVELS Description
Students understand how language features and language patterns can be used for emphasis. They show how specific details can be used to support a point of view. They explain how
their choices of language features and images are used. They create detailed texts elaborating upon key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences. They demonstrate understanding of
grammar, make considered choices from an expanding vocabulary, use, accurate spelling and punctuation for clarity and make and explain editorial choices.
Language
Understand that cohesive links can be made in texts by omitting or replacing words (ACELA1520)
Investigate how complex sentences can be used in a variety of ways to elaborate, extend and explain ideas (ACELA1522)
Understand how ideas can be expanded and sharpened through careful choice of verbs, elaborated tenses and a range of adverb groups/phrases (ACELA1523)
Investigate how vocabulary choices, including evaluative language can express shades of meaning, feeling and opinion (ACELA1525)
Understand how to use banks of known words, word origins, base words, suffixes and prefixes, morphemes, spelling patterns and generalisations to learn and spell new words, for example
technical words and words adopted from other languages (ACELA1526)
Understand the uses of commas to separate clauses (ACELA1521)

Literacy
Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800)
Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways (ACELT1618)

Literature
Compare texts including media texts that represent ideas and events in different ways, explaining the effects of the different approaches (ACELY1708)
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to
purpose and audience (ACELY1714)
Reread and edit students own and others work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choices (ACELY1715)
Develop a handwriting style that is legible, fluent and automatic and varies according to audience and purpose (ACELY1716)
Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts (ACELY1717)

Week Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5


Newspaper Writing Focus


BIG WRITING

Letter to teacher


Writers Workshops


Spelling


Grammar Focus Pre-test

Test 5 in shared folder



Make Language and Grammar foldables
the same way as booktivties are made.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/287597
126180658977/

Parts of Speech introduction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W
ufgBjLp9Y
Write notes about parts of speech. Save
to add to flip books later.

Early finish:
Play interactive game to recap all parts of
speech:
http://www.abcya.com/parts_of_speech.ht
m
http://www.abcya.com/nouns_and_verbs.ht
m
http://bestteacherblog.com/parts-of-speech-
resources/



Grammar Focus Nouns &
capitalization

Print Types of noun table and Noun


examples
Watch video. Get students to write
notes about different kinds of nouns
they hear about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kc
Jzh6gqGM
Discuss

Common general person, place, thing,
idea

Week 1 Advertisement

View advertisement as a class either from


the Geelong Advertiser or Online and
discuss its components
4 parts of a print ad
http://www.tvdsb.ca/webpages/baxterc/r
esources.cfm?subpage=143055
Pictures and Slogans worksheet -
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonplans
/unit_persuasivewriting_picsymbslog.pdf
Interactive activities for making an
advertisement
http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/advertisingt
ricks/createyourownad_flash.html
http://www.funenglishgames.com/writ
inggames/advertising.html


Introduction.
What is news?
Informative, persuasive,
imaginative?

Reading newspapers
sports sections.
Students complete
graphic organizer to
break down articles into
the sections that they
will plan

Graphic organiser
pyramid
Start drafting ideas for a
story.



Newspaper Writing Focus

Week 2 Discovery Page

Discovery page gives people detailed


information about something that it
relevant. For example if ANZAC day is
coming up the discovery page may be
about war. It gives the reader detailed
information and educates them on a
particular topic.
Example of a discovery page:
https://jessicadickers.wordpress.com/201
3/03/04/geelong-advertiser-discovery-
page/
View the discovery page from todays


BIG WRITING

Advertisement


Writers Workshops

https://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=DmtZKuGhVMs
https://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=1x2UTJWaWYY
https://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=wr1xgXv9dXA
https://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=WnAg5j4w7ak
https://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=-NEV1P8RT9c


Spelling

Proper actual person, place, thing, idea


CAPITALISED.
Concrete something you can smell,
taste, hear, see
Abstract cannot see, smell, hear, taste
Collective groups of things

Watch video again and stop to write
down examples of each kind.
Students complete table listing
different kinds of each noun, making
sure that proper nouns are capitalized.

Add info to flip books

Geelong Advertiser and discuss its


components.
Heading
Information/Description
Pictures
Brainstorm what some relevant topics are
for this week

Discuss how
journalists get
information from
people.

Watch clips and write
down questions they
ask.
Draft questions to ask
interview subject.

Game:
Split students into 4 groups and assign each with a
type of noun Pronoun, concrete, abstract,
collective. Put noun emaxples in the middle of
the room. Groups each stand in a corner and one
person at a time races to fond an example of their
noun from the middle. First group to find all 16
wins.

Choose from shared drive proper


nouns 6, ProperNounsSecondGrade,
collective nouns 6, noun families 6.



Grammar Focus Pronouns

Print Proper nouns minute 14, noun


search
Proper noun revision minute 14 sheet
Watch video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJD
IEs4wEdQ

Discuss students write pronoun
definition and examples in their
flipbook.

Complete Noun Search activity in
shared drive.

If needed in shared Pronouns 5


Newspaper Writing Focus
Week 3 Sports Pages

Sport articles give the reader information


about a sporting team or event that is
currently occurring.
View a sports article from this weeks
Geelong Advertiser and discuss its
components.
Parts of a sports article:
Headline/Title Tells people what the
article is about
Information Details of the event and
results or what is going to happen.
Pictures Images that relate to the
information provided.
Sports pages can also give results from
weekly local sporting events
Sport Article examples:
http://www.timeforkids.com/news-


BIG WRITING

Discovery Page



Writers Workshops
Spelling

Choosing angle/most
relevant quotes

Add more information
to graphic organizer
What is the main
theme of the story?
Drafting story

archive/sports
Writing a sports article:
http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/
a4594-how-to-write-a-sports-article.html


Grammar Focus - Adjectives &
Synonyms


Newspaper Writing Focus

Print Pronouns minute 27, Adjective


flower chart and Adjective flower
blank.

Pronoun revision minute 27 sheet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5
hIqdPrH--k

Add definition and examples to
flipchart
Discuss the different adjectives that can
be used to describe a noun. Make class
example before students create own by
choosing any noun (can be themselves)
to describe.
Discuss synonyms for the adjectives they
have chosen. Students add synonyms to
the petals.

An opinion piece id used to give your


personal opinion on a topic. You need to
not only give your opinion but provide
supporting detail as to why you believe
this. Persuasive language will help your
audience agree with you.
Examples of opinion pieces -
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opin
ion
Persuasive and emotive language
http://www.hsc.csu.edu.au/english/esl/te
xts/elect1/4039/languageextre.pdf
Opinion sandwich


Grammar Focus Verbs & Verb
tense


Newspaper Writing Focus

Print adjectives minute 41 Verb tense


chart (1 for display), verb tense table
(1 each) and verbs (cut up, 1 each
table/group)

Adjective revision minute 41 sheet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2
gCrABrj_U

Add verb definition and examples to
flipchart.

Week 4 Opinion Piece

Week 5 Jokes/Comics/Puzzle
Pages
Brainstorm the types of puzzles you see in
the paper Sudoku, Cross Word, Word
find, etc.
Jokes need to be appropriate to the
audience
Comics Tell a story using pictures and
limited words and phrases
View examples from the Geelong
advertiser
Comics for kids -
http://www.gocomics.com/explore/comic
s
Using Comic Life on the computer to create
your comic


Independent Writing

Conferences


Writers Workshops

Drafting story

Editing


Spelling


Independent Writing

Conferences


Writers Workshops

Choosing headlines

Publish story


Spelling

Discuss verb tense chart.


Students pick out a verb and write each
tense in table.
Shared drive Verb tense 6 (if needed)


Grammar Focus Adverbs


Newspaper Writing Focus

Print Verb tense minute 38 Adverb


anchor

Verb revision minute 38 sheet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK
w1j7sZni0
Add definition and examples to
flipchart.

Discuss anchor chart. Brainstorm and
write examples of adverbs in sentences
on the chart.
e.g. Mary eats quickly.
Jack is incredibly talented.
The snail moves very slowly.

Week 6 Quiz

Purpose of a quiz To test to check a


persons either general knowledge or
knowledge on a particular topic. Keep in
mind your audience, what knowledge
would they have already?
General knowledge you will have to
research some questions and answers,
these may be things you already know.
Topic Quiz You can create a quiz based
on the information you provided your
audience on one of your other articles.
Online quiz creator
http://www.schoolexpress.com/quiz01.ph
p
https://www.onlinequizcreator.com/


Independent Writing

Conferences


Independent Writing

Conferences


Spelling


Independent Writing

Conferences



Independent Writing Spelling

Mini Lesson:

Punctuation
Using commas and
full stops to regulate
rhythm for the reader


Shared drive Adverbs 6

Students add adverbs to a writing
sample they are working on.

Grammar Focus Conjunctions

Newspaper Writing Focus

Your feature article will be on the front


cover of your news paper
What to include and examples:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/artic
le/writing-your-article
From the website:
Read an article from the Scholastic Kids
Press Corps and fill in the following blanks:
What is the?
Lead sentence:
Introduction:
Opening quotation:
Main body:

Get laminated connective cards from


Sophie.
Print Adverbs minute 45 conjunctions
anchor and Conjunctions 6

Adverb revision minute 45 sheet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2
ug9xr0Ias

Add definition and examples to
flipchart.

Week 7 - Relevant story / Feature


article

Class activity each student has a


connective card. Give them a minute to
think before they come up with a
sentence using the connective. Write
the sentences on the anchor chart to
display.

Complete work sheet - Shared drive
Conjunctions 6

Closing quotation:
Conclusion:
Remember, not ALL of these elements may
be represented in the story, or even in one
place
View todays feature article and discuss its
features.
Catch heading/title, news item that people
are interested in/something shocking or
devastating etc.

Grammar Focus Prepositions

Newspaper Writing Focus

View the weather page from todays paper.


What things does it include?
Example:
http://weather.theaustralian.com.au/
Weather for Australia, Weather in Victoria,
High and Low Temps, 7 day outlook,
sunrise and sunset times, beach
information such as wave height and swell,
wind speeds, international weather,
rainfall amounts
Where can you find accurate weather
information?
http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/

Print conjunctions min 57


Prepositions 6 Prepositions anchor

Conjunctions revision minute 57 sheet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl
MxxK3hjbQ
Have a sing along and dance with these
songs J
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK
hz6H4SFX0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF
6LE4P_bEU

Complete Prepositions 6 worksheet

Grammar Focus Apostrophes

Print prepositions min 52 apostrophe


possession 6 contractions match up
(print and cut up) and apostrophe
contraction 6

Preposition revision minute 52 sheet

Apostrophes for Possession
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d
Y2SE1G900
Discuss
Complete apostrophe possession 6

Give each students a word from
contractions match up. The spread out

Week 8 Weather


Independent Writing

Conferences

Independent Writing

Mini Lesson:

Character dialogue
Showing the reader,
not telling


Spelling


Independent Writing

Conferences

Independent Writing

Mini Lesson:

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Spelling

Newspaper Writing Focus

Week 9 - classifieds, births and


deaths
What are classifieds? A place where people
can sell and buy goods and services
Brainstorm and Find some examples in
todays paper
-Looking for work wanting to hire
someone -looking to sell an item wanting
to purchase a particular item
Classifieds examples:
http://nt.newsclassifieds.com.au/
Deaths and marriages notices examples:
http://www.qt.com.au/classifieds/all-
locations/notices/marriage-notices/
http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/sm
h-au/

10

around the room and have to silently


find their trio.

Complete apostrophe contractions 6

Grammar Focus Commas &


post test

Newspaper Writing Focus


Print Contractions minute 76 Test 6
comma sentences (cut) commas
anchor

Discuss anchor chart.
Students copy a sentence with accurate
use of commas before rotating strips.

Complete test 6 as post-test.

Week 10 Finish off and compile


newspaper

Ensure your newspaper has:


Newspaper Title : Eg: Geelong Advertiser
Date of print
Contents page
Page numbers
Back and front covers
Includes all of your completed articles:
Advertisement
Discovery page
Sports
Opinion piece
Jokes/comic/puzzle page
quiz
Relevant stories
weather
classifieds, births and deaths
PRINT AND SUBMIT YOUR NEWSPAPER

Independent Writing

Mini Lesson:

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Spelling