Choose Your Own Adventure – An English Unit with Lessons for Years 5/6/7 on Writing Stories


Summary of English Unit:

This English unit aims at enhancing student understanding of text structure, word choice and punctuation to create more cohesive texts. Students will consider how effective writers hook and hold reader interest applying these techniques in their own writing. Students will plan and create their own ‘choose your own adventure story’ using different software. This engages student creativity and allows them to discuss and create a range of story options and pathways that the character/reader interprets and decides their own journey through the story.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Year 5 English:

  • Understand that the starting point of a sentence gives prominence to the message in the text and allows for prediction of how the text will unfold (ACELA1505)
  • Investigate how the organisation of texts into chapters, headings, subheadings, home pages and sub pages for online texts and according to chronology or topic can be used to predict content and assist navigation (ACELA1797)
  • Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odes (ACELT1611)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)
  • Reread and edit student’s own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features (ACELY1705)

Year 6 English:

  • Understand how authors often innovate on text structures and play with language features to achieve particular aesthetic, humorous and persuasive purposes and effects (ACELA1518)
  • Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verse (ACELT1617)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)
  • Reread and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choices (ACELY1715)

Year 7 English:

  • Understand and explain how the text structures and language features of texts become more complex in informative and persuasive texts and identify underlying structures such as taxonomies, cause and effect, and extended metaphors (ACELA1531)
  • Understand the use of punctuation to support meaning in complex sentences with prepositional phrases and embedded clauses (ACELA1532)
  • Recognise and analyse the ways that characterisation, events and settings are combined in narratives, and discuss the purposes and appeal of different approaches (ACELT1622)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing (ACELY1720)
  • Edit for meaning by removing repetition, refining ideas, reordering sentences and adding or substituting words for impact (ACELY1726)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)

Key Understandings:

  • Writers use a variety of techniques to engage and hold reader interest.
  • Audience and purpose impact the style of writing.
  • Use of word choice, grammar and punctuation impact the flow of the story.
  • Proof reading is an ongoing process involving editing language, organisation, audience and purpose.

Download the Full Sequence of Lessons, Resources and Assessment Advice Below:

Choose Your Own Adventure – English Unit of Writing Lessons (PDF)

Choose Your Own Adventure – Story Ideas Brainstorm (PDF)

Choose Your Own Adventure – Story Planner (PDF)






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