Writing Bootcamps

Bootcamps for NAPLAN Persuasion and the QCST Writing Task

Persuasive Writing Boot Camp (for NAPLAN and beyond)

The ten ‘workouts’ (i.e. modules or lessons) which form the core of the boot camp are intensive, 60-70 minutes sessions. They develop knowledge, skills and understandings critical for effective persuasive writing (including for the Australian NAPLAN test) – see the outline below. The ‘workouts’ themselves can be delivered as stand alone sessions by school staff or integrated into normal lessons across the curriculum. Each module in the boot camp includes a student booklet, all blackline masters and links to worthwhile websites. Wordsmart Consulting will also run teacher professional development and student consolidation workshops in your school.

An important feature of this boot camp is that students are encouraged to move beyond formulas and experiment with language; students are shown explicitly how to “dress up” and move beyond the basic “five-paragraph-essay” formula. All modules are available for immediate delivery.

Praise for the Boot Camps

“My teachers have started using the Persuasion Boot Camp lessons and they are LOVING THEM!!! They are so easy to use and well-planned. And they love feeling like they are learning more as they go. Things they ‘sort of know’ but feel they know much better after using your plans. So thanks for these. Much appreciated. Happy to write a glowing testimonial if you want:

The lessons are a God-send. Well packaged and very easy to use. They draw together a good range, from the basics of writing to the more complex in an appealing way.” Fiona, State School Head of Department, Queensland

Sample Material

Click here for sample pages from Workouts 1 and 3

Outline of Workouts

  • Workout 1: The Basics of Persuasion
  • Workout 2: Context and Structure
  • Workout 3: Structure Beyond Stages
  • Workout 4: Gathering Ideas (Brainstorming and Categorising)
  • Workout 5: Bringing Order to Chaos (From Brainstorming to Planning)
  • Workout 6: Persuasive Language 1
  • Workout 7: Persuasive Language 2
  • Workout 8: Scaffolded Writing (Guided Practice)
  • Workout 9: The Persuasion Smorgasboard (Exploiting Genre Potential)
  • Workout 10: Evaluating Drafts.

Costs

  • $550.00 for a digital version of all ten workouts, and all blackline masters. Once a school has purchased the set, the school is permitted to load all materials to their intranet or virtual classrooms to be accessed by all current staff and students. In addition, materials can be printed as many times as the school needs. A full set of copyright DOs and DON’Ts can be found on the last page of the sample materials above.
  • $77.00 per module if purchased individually

Writing Task Boot Camp

Boot campThe ten ‘workouts’ (i.e. modules) which form the core of the boot camp are intensive, 60-70 minutes sessions focussing on critical aspects of the QCST Writing Task – see the sample booklet (below) for a detailed outline. The ‘workouts’ themselves can be delivered as stand alone sessions by school staff or integrated into normal lessons. The boot camp includes a student booklet, all blackline masters and links to worthwhile websites. Wordsmart Consulting will also run teacher professional development and student consolidation workshops in your school. The first five workouts are available for immediate purchase and the rest will be available over the next couple of months.

Sample: Sample Writing Task Boot Camp booklet

Benefits

  • Specific and detailed, research-based advice
  • Actively promotes creative and critical thinking
  • Opportunities for flexible delivery
  • Time saving: the modules include everything you require, including comprehensive information, activities, blackline masters and answers
  • Incorporates direct teaching and encourages students to take responsibility for their own Writing Task preparation
  • Much of the advice is applicable to general academic writing across subject areas
  • Suitable for Year 11 and 12 students
  • Approach aligns with the Literacy general capability in the Australian Curriculum
  • Access to other, on-line resources.

Cost

  • $770.00 for a digital version of all ten workouts, and all blackline masters. Once a school has purchased the set, the school is permitted to load all materials to their intranet or virtual classrooms to be accessed by all current staff and students. In addition, materials can be printed as many times as the school needs. A full set of copyright DOs and DON’Ts can be found on the last page of the sample materials above.
  • $88.00 per module if purchased individually

More information and orders

Email: Lindsay Williams at lindsay@englishteacherguru.com

Digital ordering and download will be available soon.


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