Free lesson plan: Reflecting on my holidays

Here is a lesson plan for students from Years 5-10 for Day 1 or Week 1 of the term should you be needing some breathing space as well as engaging your students in foundation and higher-order thinking skills.

Teacher Notes to accompany this lesson plan.

There are 6-8 questions and activities taken from each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy of the cognitive domain. Each question or activity has an appropriate thinking tool attached and most of them have some basic instructions.

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Once the students have completed all the questions/activities, you can encourage them to make presentations on certain aspects of their responses through writing, art or drama so that they are able to share their experiences.

Connections to the Australian Curriculum:

Year 4. Interpreting, analysing, evaluating. Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1690) .

Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)

Year 5. Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)

Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of view (ACELY1699)

Year 6. Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)

Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways (ACELT1618)

Year 7. Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Year 8. Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Year 9. Investigate how evaluation can be expressed directly and indirectly using devices, for example allusion, evocative vocabulary and metaphor (ACELA1552)

Year 10. Understand that people’s evaluations of texts are influenced by their value systems, the context and the purpose and mode of communication (ACELA1565)

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