General Description

Getting students to see themselves as writers can be difficult, but rewarding.  The result is improved student results and increased levels of engagement and enjoyment in the classroom. This professional development session looks at processes you can put into place in your classroom (and across the English Domain) to assist students embrace the challenge of writing effectively.  It draws together best practice in regards to writing from a number of sources and helps you to use these to create an effective plan and strategy for writing with your class. Encouraging reading will also be part of the focus of the session.



Secondary Teachers of English from Years 7 - 10


Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students:  Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning,

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation:  Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Creating a Culture of Writing in your Classroom” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors  1.1.2, 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module1: The Thinking Behind the Practice

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Reflection on Current Practice

    • Are we Training Athletes?

    • Some Recommended Readings

    • Extra Reading (Optional) Effective Writing Instruction (Overview)

    • Create Some Goals...

  • 2

    Module 2: How to Get Students Writing

    • Aims and Objectives

    • How to Get Students Writing!

    • Writer's Notebooks

    • Assessing the Writer’s Notebook

    • Writing Workshops

    • Sample Writer's Notebook Assessment Rubric

    • Quick Writing Activity - One Minute Writing

    • Quick Writing Activity - Writing from a Picture

    • Share a Video on Writer's Notebooks!

    • Heart Mapping

    • How Would you Assess the Writer's Notebook?

    • Norms for Sharing

    • Optional Extra Videos - Digital vs Notebooks

  • 3

    Module 3: Teaching About Good Writing

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Teaching About Good Writing

    • The Six Traits of Good Writing - These Will Change Your World!

    • How to Use the Six Traits of Writing in the Classroom

    • How Might You Use the Ten Tips From Famous Writers Video?

    • What is Your Response to the Student Conference Video?

    • Extra Readings

  • 4

    Module 4: Moving From Draft to Final Product

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Moving from Draft to Final Product

    • Preparing to Write Sheet (Memoir)

    • Three Editing Techniques

    • What Idea From this Module are You Most Excited About Trying?

    • Your Writing Process

  • 5

    Module 5: Planning a Writing Unit

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Planning a Writing Unit

    • Sample Writing Unit - Historical Fiction

    • Write Your Own Writing Unit!

    • A Special Message for VCE Teachers

  • 6

    Module 6: Make Your start

    • Make Your Start

    • How Will You Change Your Practice After This Course?

    • A Special Mention of the Coronavirus

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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