Reinvigorating the Teaching of Writing

Flyer and Registration Form

Reinvigorating writing flyer

Some Comments from Participants

“Strong mix of theory and practice.”

“Practical strategies (based/referenced with research). Definite strategies to move forward in school.”

“Challenges my role as a literacy and English teacher. Adds a level of research to support the teaching of reading and writing.”

A strength: “Stages & phases – breaking down a text & identifying the phases.”

“New resources, new strategies.”

Workshop abstract

Student success in the Year 12 Writing Task, NAPLAN and general academic writing depends on effective, embedded reading-writing instruction across all subjects and development across P-12. In this practical workshop, participants explore a comprehensive, whole-school framework that synthesises key research on writing improvement. Six overlapping components will be explored:

  • school culture, including community “funds of knowledge” & professional development
  • the reading and writing connection
  • the role of student and teacher knowledge about language (genre, register, vocabulary, grammar, spelling and punctuation)
  • pedagogy, including classroom talk
  • assessment (including task design) and (self)evaluation
  • the role of bolt-on preparation programs for NAPLAN and the QCS Writing Task.

The framework can be used as a tool for evaluating the school’s current writing program and as a map to guide improvements across faculties, schools and even school clusters.

In order to provide practical assistance, the workshop will demonstrate a number of specific strategies that schools and teachers can implement immediately, including the use of Writing Plans (Axford, Harders and Wise 2009) and Reading to Learn (Martin and Rose 2012). These strategies aim to nurture well-structured and accurate writing in addition to students’ ability to use language with increasing flair and sophistication.

The workshop links explicitly to the Literacy general capability that underpins all learning areas in the Australian Curriculum, and the framework complements the research of Hattie, Marzano and others.    

 

Who is it designed for?

Primary and secondary teachers in all learning areas, it will be of special interest to administrators and curriculum leaders, as well as teachers given the responsibility of preparing students for the writing demands of NAPLAN and the Year 12 QCS test.

Venues and Dates

Please note: December 4 and 5 seminars are now confirmed.

  • Tuesday December 4: Duchesne College, University of Queensland
  • Wednesday December 5: Springwood Motor Inn, Springwood

Time

9.15am to 3.00pm

Inclusions

  • Comprehensive workshop booklet
  • Access to PowerPoint slides
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Full catering (tea and coffee on arrival, morning tea and lunch)
Discussion Genre Stages
R2L Lesson Plan sample (Remember, this just gives you an idea of the preparation involved in detailed reading and is not meant as an exemplar of a ‘perfect’ plan – still working on that.)
Detailed Reading Plan
Reinvigorating Writing Pedagogy PPT
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