Wednesday, 9 May 2012

"Little Platypus" Australian Curriculum - Year 2 Literature Plan

TEXT: Little Platypus by Nette Hilton
The details of this lesson and the way it links to the Australian Curriculum as are follows:
Learning Area: English
Focus Strand: Language
Focus Sub Strands: Text Structure and Organisation
Content Description: Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose

Focus Strand: Literature
Focus Sub Strands: Responding to Literature
Content Description: Identify aspects of different types of literary texts that entertain, and give reasons for personal preferences

Focus Strand: Literature
Focus Sub Strands: Examining Literature
Content Description: Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways

Focus Strand: Literacy
Focus Sub Strands: Interpreting, Anaylising, Evaluating
Content Description: Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts
                                                                     Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures

The text is called "Little Platypus" by Nette Hilton
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWLOAD.
 The photo below is of the students using TimedPairShare to discuss predictions about the text.

Below are some examples of student responses to the comprehension questions.

You can download a copy of the blank comprehension sheet for use in your classroom by clicking HERE

Monday, 7 May 2012

Australian Curriculum - Literature Planning Template

The Australian Curriculum: English Foundation to Year 10 is organised into three interrelated strands that support students' growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:
  • Language: knowing about the English language
  • Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
  • Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage. 
The interrelatedness of the English strands is an important part of the planning process for teachers.  Due to the depth of content contained in the Australian Curriculum - English it makes sense to plan learning sequences as opposed to one off lessons.

Woodlands Primary School teachers wanted to make the planning process as simple as possible.  Please find a copy below of our planning tool with a focus on Literature and how the content across the three strands is interrelated.  Each page contains a separate year level. You use this planning tool to identify the content descriptions (what to teach) and then develop a sequence of lessons (the how you will teach it).

If you click on the link HERE you can download the planning tool in Google Docs by clicking FILE then DOWNLOAD.