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Children’s Literature in the Primary School (CLiPS

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Unit Plan
Unit Overview
Unit Title
Does Height Matter?
Unit Summary
By the end of the lesson the pupils will be able to understand about plot, characters, setting, theme,
onomatopoeia and point of view
Subject Area
Short Story - Shorty
Grade Level
Primary 6
Approximate Time Needed
4 months
Unit Foundation
Targeted Content Standards and Benchmarks
Syllabus Specifications:
1.3.1 Listen to key words and phrases in stories, recounts and descriptions heard.
1.3.3 Listen to understand phrases in stories, recounts and descriptions heard.
1.6.1 Listen to and enjoy children’s songs, rhymes, poems and jazz chants.
1.7.1 Listen to stories, fables and legends and give the name of people, animals and places.
1.7.2 Listen to stories, fables and legends and give details.
1.7.3 Listen to stories, fables and legends and give the sequence of events.
1.7.4 Listen to stories, fables and legends and predict outcomes.
1.7.5 Listen to stories, fables and legends and share feelings about the stories, fables and legends
heard.
2.1.4 Ask questions with the correct intonation.
2.2.1 Ask ‘Wh’ questions to seek information.
2.2.2 Ask questions to seek information and clarification.
2.2.3 Ask questions with questions tags.
2.2.4 Responding to such questions.
2.6.1 Recite simple poems and jazz chants with expression and appropriate gestures.
2.6.4 Give suitable endings to a story or fable.
2.7.2 Talk about the place in a story.
2.7.3 Talk about the events in a story.
2.7.4 Talk about the values explored in the stories.
2.8.1 State whether one likes or does not like the story and give reasons.
2.8.2 Relate the story to one’s life.
3.4.3 Read aloud poems and stories clearly and expressively.
3.8.4 Read and understand cause and effect relationships.

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3.9.1 Read and give details about the place in the story.
3.9.2 Read and give details about the people and animals in the story.
4.1.1 Write words, phrases and sentences in clear, legible cursive writing.
4.2.3 Complete mind-maps, diagrams with information from the texts.
4.4.2 Write simple letters to pen-pals.
4.8.1 Compose stories and poems with guidance.
4.9.2 Take dictation of paragraphs given to be learnt.

Student Objectives/Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
• understand the text’s plot, theme, characters, setting, onomatopoeia and point of view
• write a letter to Allison as a reader’s response,
• write a character’s quilt.
• sing a song about Shorty.
• to write and recite simple poem about Shorty
• act out the scripts in the short skits.
• draw picture of the main character.

Curriculum-Framing Questions
Essential
What are some of the most important values in life?
Question
Are people always satisfied with their physical appearance?
Unit Why is height important to certain people?
Questions Are tall people more successful?

• Was Shorty satisfied with her height?
• What did her mother say about her height?
Content
Questions • What was Susan’s advice to Shorty?
• How did Shorty’s father help her feel better about herself?
• Was it important to be tall in the end?
Student Assessment Plan
Assessment Summary
• Worksheets
• Character’s quilt
• Evaluation forms
• Reader’s response- writing a letter

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• Reader’s response – write a poem about the main character
• Cursive writing.
• Drawing picture of main character.
• ABC book

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Assessment Timeline

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Before project work begins
Students work on projects
and complete tasks
After project work is
completed

•Week 2
-Worksheets
-cursive writing

Week 4
-worksheets
-ABC book
• Week 8
-character ‘s quilt

• Week 12
-reader’s respond-a letter
• Week 14
- reader’s respond – a poem
• Week 16
-Evaluation form
- Drawing picture of main
characters.

Unit Details

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Prerequisite Skills
• Writing skills
• Drawing skills
• Singing skills
• Acting skills

Instructional Procedures
Prior to Instruction
Month 1 – Mind map- Get words associated with the words ‘short’ from pupils.
Jigsaw reading- sequences the jumbled up strips of paragraphs.
Jigsaw picture- arranges the cut out pictures.
Cursive writing – copy their favourite paragraph in cursive writing.
Language games- form small words from a big word.
Dictogloss- write a paragraph after listening to the teacher’s third reading.
Hot seat – A pupil takes over the character and he answers the questions asked
by
his friends from the point of the character
Group activities – surveys, categorizing
Finish dealing with helping students to understand the content of the book.

Month 2 – Beginning of extension activities:
ABC Book- get words from the story and form books according to their
creativity (
concertina)
Role-play dialogues – prepared a short dialogue and role-play it.
Speech bubbles – prepared a bubbles and the pupils will write the dialogues in
it.
Reader’s Respond- the pupils draw the cover of the story according to their own
perception.
Character’s quilt- Pupils draw pictures of the characters on the mahjong paper.
Parallel writing- Pupils write by replacing certain words in the paragraph.
Song- The pupils compose lyrics about the story using rhyme tune.

Month 3 – Start to prepare for skit.
Skits ( a simple script)- pupils memorized and act out the script .
Reader’s respond – Pupils write letter to Shorty expressing their sympathy.
Face masks – Pupils draw the face of the characters.
Making puppets - making puppets using paper bags. (role-play)
Miming – mime and guess.
ABC Book- get words from the story and form books according to their
creativity (

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concertina)

Month 4 –ABC Book- get words from the story and form books according to their creativity
(
concertina)
Reader’s respond – Pupils write a poem about Shorty.
Tongue twister- Pupils search for words start from ‘s’ and arrange it to form a
sentence.
News at 9 – selected pupils take the role of a newscaster and talk about shorty.
Button effect – Identifying the cause and effect in a sentence using different
coloured button.
Jazz chant- Pupils create a chant based on the story.
Extension Activity – ABC book
Accommodations for Mixed Ability Instruction

At Risk Student • Fill in the blanks, drawing smiley, ABC book,

EFL Student • Mind mapping, write dialogues, drawing characters.

Advanced Student • Write poem, match cause and effect,

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Materials and Resources Required For Unit
VCR Laser DiskTechnology – Hardware (Click boxes of all equipment needed)
Video Camera
Video Conferencing Equip.
Other
Printer
Projection System
✘ Scanner
Television
Technology – Software
(Click boxes of all software
needed.) ✘ Camera
✘ Computer(s)
Digital Camera
✘ DVD Player
✘ Internet Connection
Database/Spreadsheet
Desktop Publishing
E-mail Software
Encyclopedia on CD-ROM
Web Page Development
Image Processing
Word Processing
Other
Internet Web Browser
Multimedia

• Worksheets
• jigsaw picture
Printed Materials • jigsaw reading
• illustration of characters

Supplies •

Internet Resources

Other Resources

Unit Plan template adapted from the Intel Essentials v10 Programme
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