Stories of Success - NAPLAN Style Narrative Writing

Stories of Success - NAPLAN Style Narrative Writing

Lesson 4 of 4 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • Social
  • Equality
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will explore the experiences of AFLW marquee players and consider the impact that the development of the competition has had on their personal narratives and the story in the broader community. This will then act as a prompt for students to develop their own narratives. Through this context, students will focus on developing description in their writing.

This lesson is designed to provide practise for NAPLAN, the national literacy and numeracy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*. It focuses on developing a descriptive narrative, linking to the NAPLAN criterion of vocabulary.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that people have a diverse range of experiences within the same society
  • develop their ability to empathise with others
  • use descriptive language to write an engaging narrative

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the experiences, emotions and views of someone other than themselves
  • engage the senses when describing settings, events or characters’ emotions
  • make use of a broad range of language features, including (but not limited to) simile, metaphor and personification

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 English:

  • Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553)
  • Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness (ACELA1561)
  • 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)

Year 10 English:

  • Analyse and explain how text structures, language features and visual features of texts and the context in which texts are experienced may influence audience response (AELT1641)
  • Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (ACELT1812)
  • Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-2A, EN5-3B, EN5-6C, EN5-7D

General capabilities: Literacy, Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: none.

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students understand how to use a variety of language features to create different levels of meaning. They understand how interpretations can vary by comparing their responses to texts to the responses of others. In creating texts, students demonstrate how manipulating language features and images can create innovative texts.

Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts. They edit for effect, selecting vocabulary and grammar that contribute to the precision and persuasiveness of texts and using accurate spelling and punctuation.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students show how the selection of language features can achieve precision and stylistic effect. They develop their own style by experimenting with language features, stylistic devices, text structures and images. Students create a wide range of texts to articulate complex ideas. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, vary vocabulary choices for impact, and accurately use spelling and punctuation when creating and editing texts

Unit of work: AFLW – NAPLAN Preparation.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Students will develop narratives based on their own ideas and inspirations.

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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural understanding
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding
  • Social skills

Additional info

This lesson has been developed in conjunction with the AFLW in celebration of the advancement of women in sport and the promotion of equal opportunity for all people in all facets of life.

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