Summary of Lesson Plan:
This is a lesson to help children to generate ideas for writing. It gets them to think on various levels and allows them to come up with a variety of options to explore and to ‘make a difference’ as a writer.
Australian Curriculum Links:
- Year 3 – 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)
- Year 4- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range ofaudiences, demonstrating increasing control overtext structures and language features (ACELY1694)
- Year 5 – Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)
- Year 6 – Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting withtext structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose andaudience (ACELY1714)
- Year 7 -Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
- Introduce to the children that you are taking writing in a new direction and that you are going to allow them to choose what they are going to write.
- Explain to them that there will be some guidelines (up to you to create) and set accordingly.
- Explain that they will be undergoing a process called ‘Unpacking a Seed’ and hand out an enlarged copy of the Unpacking a Seed Template (Below). Also use Butcher’s paper to model if this is your first time doing this.
- Pull up an image onto your IWB (interactive whiteboard) / show it to the children if you do not have one. (Current issues really resonate with the children, such as flooding, animal cruelty, fires, bank fees, etc).
- Discuss the image and see if any children have anything that they can add.
- Now refer children to template and ask them to write down everything that they can see (Absolutely EVERYTHING).
- Then ask them to write down what they think about the photo.
- Now ask them how they feel about the photo and to record all the emotions that this picture stirs up inside them.
- Next, ask them to write down anything that they are currently wondering about the photo.
- Now ask the children to write down big questions that relate to the issue (big questions are those that sit outside the box and don’t have a clear answer. It would need to be researched).
- Finally, ask the children to write down text types (persuasive, letter, poster, narrative, etc) that they could use as a writer to make a difference and tell people about this issue.
- In the very first session, I would model each stage with the children and discuss after they had filled in their own template. Once the children get quite good at this process, I would only stop at the end of filling in boxes 1-4 and then discuss big questions and what we could do a writers (as a whole group).
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