Curriculum Studies – English
Unit of Work (35%). (2000 words).
Select an actual classroom learning environment with a diverse student population (linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds) for the development of a Unit of Work. In consultation with the teacher, (where possible) identify at least four traits of diversity in the classroom (including gifted and talented), other than those with special needs.
Select a topic from the English curriculum for Stage 4 or 5. You will need to address the relevant content and concepts of teaching the ACARA English curriculum 7-10 and NSW English syllabuses (Stages 4 to 5), and/or other support documents and skills focus areas for that specified stage and year level for the whole class. Clearly demonstrate how each of the five “groups” has been catered for. Include strategies that support students’ well-being and safety.
The Unit of Work must also include assessment strategies and overall evaluation of the interventions offered for a diversity of students. Designate which pieces will be used for record keeping and reporting to parents/careers. Plan for an effective learning and assessment sequence for the development of the five-lesson series which indicates strategies for the meeting of the specific needs across the full range of abilities in the progression for each of the five “groups.”
Include a full planning document and lesson plan focused on teaching a unit (please follow the Lesson Plan Template in the Professional Experience Manual and the Lesson Plan in the Student Handbook). (Graduate Standards: 1.1.1, 1.3.1, 1.5.1, 2.1.1, 2.2.1, 3.2.1, 3.3.1, 5.5.1)
- You have to produce a Unit of Work which includes 5 lessons – the length of each section of the unit represents the five sequenced areas to be covered during the unit. You have to image that the person teaching the unit of work will divide it up into five lessons. https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/resources/sample-units
- This site which was included at the very beginning of the lesson 5 notes actually provides examples of Units of Work.
- Units of work are usually a term long or maybe only six weeks but you only have 2000 words.
- So no lesson plans need to be included but there needs to be a clear sequencing of teaching outcomes that build on the overall learning of the student.