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Literacy Corner

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Seven Steps to Writing Success

Have you heard your children using any of these expressions lately: ‘Ban the Boring’, ‘Sizzling Starts’, ‘Pebble-Rock-Boulder Problems’ or ‘Exciting Endings’? Then let me explain. During term 3, we introduced the ‘Seven Steps to Writing Success’ techniques across the Primary school – with GREAT SUCCESS!

These techniques, developed by Jen McVeity (Author of over 20 books, Churchill Fellow, International Speaker and National Literacy Champion), not only help to improve general writing skills but they inspire students to create more exciting stories, more interesting articles and more relevant persuasions that have real meaning that actually engage the reader.

The teachers at Mundaring Christian College, have seen that even only after a term of introducing some of these techniques; their struggling writers have shown improvement in the length and quality of their writing while other writers have extended themselves beyond their year level! In addition to this, the big bonus that I have seen across the whole school, has been a new ENTHUSIASM for writing! When doing writing tasks previously, if I had asked “Who wants to read out the introduction to their story?” maybe two or three hands went up. Now when I ask “Who wants to read out their Sizzling Start?” Most of the class puts up their hands and they are disappointed if theirs are not chosen! It has just been SO exciting to see the transformation.

In addition to supporting Narrative story writing, these techniques can also be applied to other writing genres, such as Information Reports and Persuasive writing (or oral presentations). We are still very much in the early stages of this process but I am excited about what is in store from our budding authors next year!

If you would like to find out more about this new initiative, please come to the next ‘PITCH’ meeting on Tuesday, October 24, to see how you can also help your children at home.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Mrs Kirrily Donoghoe

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