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Duration and pathways: Using this unit in the classroom

This is a unit comprising 12 learning sequences designed to be taught as a sequential series. Each of the sequences is designed to be delivered in a 45–60 minute session. The 12 sequences are divided into four groups of three lessons that allow students to draw upon prior learning, engage with new learning, explore and research, and apply their learning.

There are some specific English skills that are taught in certain sequences and you can choose to teach just the sequences that involve these skills. An overview of these skills is outlined in the table below.

English skills Sequences involved
Grammatical meanings/forms: processes/verb groups, participants/noun groups, circumstances/adverbs and prepositional phrases Sequence 1: Introducing a phrase.
Sequence 2: Parts of a clause.
Sequence 3: Introducing word groups that indicate what is happening, who or what is involved and any other circumstances surrounding the activity.
Sequence 4: Noun groups.
Sequence 5: Writing sentences using process, participant and circumstance.
Sequence 6: Writing sentences and identifying process, participant and circumstance.
Sequence 7: Form and function of questions.
Sequence 12: Using process, participant and circumstance to compose a sentence.
Comprehension strategies of connecting, inferring and summarising Sequence 9: Introducing connecting.
Sequence 10: Summarising using keywords.
Sequence 11: Introducing inferring.
Sequence 12: Identifying keywords.
Sentence structure: statements Sequence 3: Identifying parts of a sentence.
Sequence 5: Writing sentences.
Sentence structure: questions Sequence 7: Form and function of a question.

There is also an information and communication technology (ICT) component involved in these sequences in which the students participate in the ePals project. You can look at Sequences 7–12 if you are interested in the ICT aspect of this unit.