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Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Student after student turning in: ‘On the weekend, I…’ or ‘…and then I woke up.’
  • Class begins with a groan and ends with pencils just as sharp as when class started!
  • Disengaged and overwhelmed students.

Then it’s time to break down writing.

It’s time to introduce short, fun and engaging writing activities to ignite your students’ passion and creativity.

It’s time to explore ideas, empower students and nurture a love of writing!

Create an engaging and inspiring writing classroom

Imagine a vibrant writing classroom, where every student is engaged and contributing ideas.

When they write, there’s no hesitation or resistance. Students of all abilities and levels are confident and on task.

They share their work with excitement, and don’t want to put down their pencils!

This is what a Seven Steps classroom looks like.

Join over 45,000 teachers who are transforming writing classrooms with the Seven Steps.

Learn how the Seven Steps can help you develop your students’ writing skills, improve results and increase confidence and enjoyment in writing.

Hear from real teachers and students, and check out stories from real classrooms…

'Seven Steps has really changed my view of creative writing. I now love writing so much that I want to be an author. Thank you very much!’
Amelia
Year 6 Student
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‘I'm overjoyed with the writing outcomes and knowledge my students are showing. It's amazing to see them so engaged. The support this program offers is just outstanding. You've inspired me to be a better teacher!’
Mellisa
Teacher (VIC)

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FAQs

What's the best way to get started with the Seven Steps?

The perfect way to learn the Seven Steps is in our powerful, interactive and fun Workshop One: Seven Steps to Transform Writing. There, you’ll learn all Seven Steps and how to get started back in the classroom the very next day. Workshop One is available either as a face-to-face workshop held around Australia, or online through three 90-minute Zoom sessions.

If you can’t make it to Workshop One, Teacher Hub is another great solution. With in-depth online writing courses and over 500 simple and effective activities, resources and videos at your fingertips, Teacher Hub can make lesson planning quick and easy! Unlock your free trial today to try on-demand access to everything you need to learn, teach, apply and assess the Seven Steps.

Are the Seven Steps suitable for my year level?

The Seven Steps program was designed by an author for real-life writing, and was originally aimed at adults. So the Seven Steps are practical and helpful for anyone looking to write better – whether they are four or 100!

Our training and resources are designed to enable teachers to understand the theory through rapid-fire activities and examples that they can take back to their classroom the next day. As such, we’ve got resources that can be used with pre-writers, secondary students and all ages in between.

My students haven’t started writing yet. Would the Seven Steps still be useful?

Literacy research in the early years has suggested that when children are encouraged to share their ideas through drawing, talking, acting and writing, they become more confident and involved writers.

Therefore, the Seven Steps approach is designed so teachers can teach pre-writers the early concepts, theories and techniques of great writing.

Students don’t need to be able to write yet. They can learn how to tell a story verbally, draw one or cut out pictures and paste them on paper. Being able to read and write isn’t a necessity to tell a great story.

Early Years Writing Manual

Applying the Seven Steps with Beginner Writers

How do we use Seven Steps with other writing programs?

Unlike many other programs, Seven Steps focuses on the authorial, big picture skills of planning and drafting a text. We focus on the creative, fun side of writing in a structured way that teaches students critical thinking strategies about writing: what to say, how to say it, when to make certain decisions, and how to engage and hold a reader’s attention.

You can slip the short, fun Seven Steps activities into your weekly writing program, or you can use it with complementary programs that focus on other aspects of literacy, such as sentence structure, grammar and spelling.

The Australian Curriculum and every state curriculum or syllabus require students to learn both authorial and secretarial skills with the aim of being clear, competent communicators. The Seven Steps improve students’ authorial writing skills – and you can be confident that our approach fits with other programs as well as meeting the curriculum.

For more information, see the following blog post: Seven Steps and the Australian Curriculum

Do the Seven Steps address or improve spelling and grammar?

While Seven Steps doesn’t specifically have a spelling and grammar course or series, we’ve seen vast improvements in all areas of writing when teaching the Seven Steps.

We thought Carly Brien (a Year 7 teacher from Henry Kendall High School) summed it up nicely:

‘I really think that the students’ spelling, grammar and punctuation improve because they are spending so much more time just writing! Usually students don’t write in such volume like in Seven Steps and that has made all the difference.’

Read her full story here >>

Are the Seven Steps helpful for Indigenous or ESL students?

There are quite a few Seven Steps schools with a high percentage of Indigenous or EAL students who have achieved great success with the Seven Steps.

One of the loveliest stories came from a school that told us they scheduled their Seven Steps activities first thing in the morning every day. And yes, their literacy scores went up, but the fascinating outcome they did not expect was that their truancy rate halved!

Can the Seven Steps help with my special needs students/class?

The Seven Steps approach has been able to engage students who are unable to succeed in typical schooling due to special needs or difficult circumstances. We’re touched by some of the responses we get.

‘We have students referred to our school that have experienced significant trauma in their lives that impedes their ability to access and succeed in mainstream schooling … since implementing the Seven Steps we have seen increased engagement, participation and improvement from our students in writing. Thank you!’ – Stuart Jamieson, MacKillop Family Services.

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