We hope that you are enjoying the new Persuasive Writing Course and that it stood you in good stead for this year’s NAPLAN writing task. The final resources have just been uploaded and the Persuasive Writing Course is now complete so we thought we would give you a quick refresher on everything that is on offer.
There are nine Persuasive Training Videos designed to refresh your memory on the theory behind each Step before you implement it in your classroom. If you have a school licence these videos could be used at staff meetings to keep the momentum going and ensure that the program doesn’t sizzle and then fizzle in your school.
There are eight Classroom PowerPoints, which can be used to introduce the key concepts for each Step to your students. Use these as a starting point at any year level before following up with the other classroom resources.
There are Text Type Exemplars for each Step, which can be used to model the technique and show students what you are looking. The Annotated Persuasive Writing Sample, meanwhile, can be used to model how to provide feedback and improve a piece of writing using the Seven Steps techniques.
The sample Lesson Plans for each Step demonstrate how to teach the Seven Steps techniques using the Explicit Teaching Model and they include links to both the Australian Curriculum and NAPLAN requirements.
There are five Early Years activities and five Year 3–6 activities for each Step which are designed to consolidate students’ understanding of the techniques and build muscle memory.
The Persuasive Challenge Cards follow on from the Action Activity series, giving students more opportunities to practise the techniques. They are aimed at secondary students, but could also be used to stretch more able upper primary students.
The Persuasive Writing Game, ‘Convincing the Community’, covers all Seven Steps and encourages healthy competition in the classroom as a means of increasing student engagement.
The editable ‘Persuasive Story Graph’ template can be used to scaffold students’ learning when completing particular activities.
The ‘Persuasive Marking Guide’ is designed to assist with feedback and ensure consistency when marking students’ Persuasive Writing. It covers all Seven Steps as well as paragraphing, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling.
You will be pleased to hear that Informative Writing is next on our list. Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent survey regarding how you would like to see the Informative Text Type delivered, your feedback is invaluable.
We are also planning to run a focus group in early July to explore this text type further and brainstorm ideas for forthcoming resources. If you are interested in being involved in this discussion, either virtually or in person, please contact our Publishing and Content Manager, Sarah Bakker, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are keen to ensure that you get the most out of your subscription and that you have the ongoing support that you need to successfully implement the Seven Steps in your classroom across all text types. Here are comments from some of our members on the resources they are finding most useful on Seven Steps Online:
‘I really enjoyed the tutorials. The speaker was engaging because of her enthusiasm and developed the topic well, building with repetition of key points. Within a short time I realised that I could master this method of teaching, and the writer in me was awakened.’ – Hans Enter
‘I am impressed with the program as a whole and I am loving it in my classroom. The lesson plans and videos are a great asset, as a mentor to beginning teachers I am looking forward to using this resource to get new teachers using the program comfortably.’ – Angelique Kanniah
‘Outstanding teaching strategies to guide and support children through a rigorous and detailed writing program.’ – Megan Turner
‘Love the resource. Love the fact that it is evolving. Love that you ask for feedback to make it better.’ – Chris Roseneder