Unit Summary (2 - 3 weeks)
This sequence of activities foregrounds reading and writing non-fiction texts. It is based on the idea of the school brochure.
In Stage One, using examples of brochures from your own or neighboring schools, students discuss the ways in which a school ‘sells’ itself to prospective parents and students.
In Stage Two students are asked to work in groups of three, and discuss what they think parents look for in a brochure and then what students’ priorities are in considering new schools.
In Stage Three, students work in pairs on the two examples provided and are asked to pick out certain types of information.
In Stage Four, students are asked to look at the way each brochure is laid out and presented, and the way it is introduced by the Head teacher. They are then asked to write short piece explaining what they think of each brochure.
In Stage Five, each group of students is asked to plan a brochure of some sort for their school. It might be an introduction to the school written for new Year 7 students, or it might be an ‘alternative’ version written for older prospective students. When they have planned the information which is to be included, each Student should be individually responsible for the writing of a particular part.
During this unit, students work in groups, peer support being the primary form of differentiation. In addition, plenty of preparation and scaffolding type of activities for reading information texts are offered. In the final writing task, each Student will select a particular angle to make an individual contribution to the group effort.