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Ministry of Education.

Learning task 5

Learning Intentions

We are learning to:

  • read a description of a family treasure
  • notice the structure and language features of a description

Key vocabulary / structures

pronoun reference

conjunctions of reason (because)



Key Competencies Thinking
Using Language Symbols & Texts
Principles and values Learning to Learn

‘My Family Treasure’


Preparing for writing

  1. Disappearing definition (5 mins warm up)

    Teacher goes through the disappearing definition with students.

    One definition of ‘treasure’ for classroom use:
    Treasure is a precious or valuable object. It is often an heirloom that is handed down from past generations.

  2. Teacher uses a model text

    Teacher: writes a model text using the Resource 4 - Treasure model text (PDF 41KB) describing her/his own family treasure and presents this to the students. What have I told the reader about in this description? What sorts of words have I used in my description? How have I organised my description?

    Teacher: models annotating the text, referring to the language features. For example:

    • highlight the adjectives
    • draw lines from nouns to pronouns
    • circle the conjunction

    Give copies of the model text to students to annotate and discuss individually, in pairs or threes.

    Students annotate the text in the same way as modelled, noting the organisation of ideas and language features.

    Teacher: collects in work and uses 2-3 examples to discuss with the class, summarising what students have noticed.


1 -2 -3 written reflection task on written descriptions:

  • 1 thing I noticed is …
  • 2 questions I have are…
  • 3 things I learned are …

Published on: 09 Jan 2018