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Year 3 English

Unit 1 – Lazy Jack

Narrative (Fairytale)

Unit Overview


The fairytale Lazy Jack is based on a 19th-century English fairytale by Joseph Jacobs, a folklorist, literary critic and historian.

A narrative is a text that tells a story. It includes a title, an orientation (setting, time and characters), a complication, a series of events, a resolution to the complication and an ending.
A fairytale is a form of narrative, often set in the distant past. Fairytales usually begin with a phrase similar to ‘Once upon a time…’ and end with similar words to ‘…and they lived happily ever after’. Besides people appearing in fairytales, elves, dragons, other magical creatures and talking animals may be featured.

Text summary: After Jack leads an idle life for some time, his mother finally insists he goes to work to help support them. He does this, but each time he takes his mother’s advice too literally and loses his payment through a series of comical mishaps. This pays off eventually, when he wins the hand of a woman by unwittingly making her laugh.

Australian Curriculum
ACELA1478, ACELA1676, ACELA1827, ACELY1679, ACELY1680, ACELT1594

NSW Syllabus

Vic. Curriculum

WA Curriculum

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Achievement Standards

Year 3 English Achievement Standards

By the end of Year 3, students understand how content can be organised using different text structures depending on the purpose of the text. They understand how language features, images and vocabulary choices are used for different effects.

They read texts that contain varied sentence structures, a range of punctuation conventions, and images that provide extra information. They use phonics and word knowledge to fluently read more complex words. They identify literal and implied meaning connecting ideas in different parts of a text. They select information, ideas and events in texts that relate to their own lives and to other texts. They listen to others’ views and respond appropriately using interaction skills.

Students understand how language features are used to link and sequence ideas. They understand how language can be used to express feelings and opinions on topics. Their texts include writing and images to express and develop, in some detail, experiences, events, information, ideas and characters.

Students create a range of texts for familiar and unfamiliar audiences. They contribute actively to class and group discussions, asking questions, providing useful feedback and making presentations. They demonstrate understanding of grammar and choose vocabulary and punctuation appropriate to the purpose and context of their writing. They use knowledge of letter-sound relationships including consonant and vowel clusters and high-frequency words to spell words accurately.