Small Ideas, Big Stories (Narrative Writing NAPLAN)

Small Ideas, Big Stories (Narrative Writing NAPLAN)

Lesson 2 of 8 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • ...

Lesson 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*.

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.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum 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.

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


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

Additional Info

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

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