These units of learning have been written by NSW teachers who are sharing their amazing work. Thank you to Cathy Stansbury (Relieving AP) and her Stage 2 team at Smithfield PS who have developed these wonderful units and resources.
This unit is broken into two blocks:
Section A (6 weeks): Students will focus on the past NAPLAN writing stimulus, ‘It is cruel to keep animals in cages’. Students will build their field knowledge of the topic through the analysis of a range of written, visual and digital texts and strategies of persuasion focusing on the above topic. Students will identify the role of quality narratives in persuading an audience through the close study of ‘The Great Bear’ by Libby Gleeson. Students will analyse visual literacy and author intent in the text.
Section B(2 weeks): Students will explore the concept of dialogue in a hybrid text ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. Students will identify aspects of persuasion in the dialogue of the crayons and the language choices of the composer in use of modality. Students will identify the point of view of various characters in the text. Students will use their imagination to respond to a crayon using the character of Duncan who is only referred to in the text. This will demonstrate their ability to represent an additional point of view.
Both section A and B will be taught concurrently with the Stage 2 persuasive writing unit which will ensure the systematic and explicit teaching of exposition as a text type, writing conventions and associated grammar.