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Ministry of Education.

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Teacher Anne Girven





5-8 3-4 4 weeks


Achievement Objective Being Assessed

Learning Outcomes

Close Reading  Discuss language, meanings, and ideas in different narrative texts.
 Personal Reading  Select and read independently, for enjoyment a range of narrative texts.
Interpersonal Listening and Speaking  Listen to and interact with others to clarify understanding of narrative.


 Exploring Language  Identify and discuss the conventions, structures and language features of narrative texts.
 Thinking Critically  Discuss and convey meanings in narrative texts, exploring relevant experiences and other points of view.


Teacher background reading

  • Literary WebQuests: WebQuests are specifically designed to support students achieve such skills by providing a carefully structured activity that will engage and challenge them.
  • Oral Language - English Exemplar Project

Teaching and learning activities

Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:

Set up a learning (RTF 9KB) with a wide range of narrative texts. Provide books by authors that children enjoy and introduce new authors. Ensure that you cater for the needs of all students in your class. Provide a activities (RTF 107KB) that students can choose to work on.

Learning task 1

Learning task 2

Learning task 3

Learning task 4


Assessment Task

 Students to select one narrative to read and complete one of the following activities:

  • Write a synopsis of the book.
  • Select two characters, describe and illustrate.
  • Write a letter to the author. Write and give your opinion of the book and some ideas for a sequel.
  • Make a dust jacket for your work, include the title, author, illustrator, publisher, and the date when the book was published.

The teacher assesses the students' personal assignments in terms of their understanding of how language features contribute to the effects of narrative texts.

Teacher observes and assesses the students' ability to recall the story-line and their awareness of the language features of the genre.

self_assessment (RTF 36KB)
assessment (RTF 17KB)


Resources from libraries
Student's own books

School journals

 Brith the Terrible - 1982 P2 N1
 Carlos Comes to Stay - 1988 P2 N1
 Chimney Sweep - 1992 P1 N3
 Dodgeball - 1985 P3 N3
 Free as a Bird - 1989 P4 N2
 Locked Room - 1983 P1 N2
 Night Rescue - 1983 P3 N1
 Rescuing Mum - 1989 P1 N1
 Alien - 1995 P2 N2
 Bow Down Shadrach - 1993 P3 N1
 Ghost - 1993 P2 N4
 Girl who Washed in Moonlight - 1984 P3 N1
 The Snapper - 1982 P3 N1

 Other journal resources can be found in the School Journal Catalogue under the following headings:
author's names

Web Resources

Assessment Resource Banks

Speech Bubbles 2 (ARB username and password required to view this resource)

Taniwha (ARB username and password required to view this resource)

Follow up

Share and read booklets produced by students in the class.

Published on: 25 Apr 2009