Resources for Schools and Teachers Affected by Bushfires
Starting the school year
If you have been affected (directly or indirectly) by the Australian bushfires, you may have lost the time, focus and energy to plan those first weeks of lessons to the level you would like.
As a team, we decided to share – for free – our starter plan and the resources that go with it. This means that you don’t need to plan the first six weeks of your writing classes, at a time when other things might be taking precedence.
Writing, reading, telling stories and communicating is a huge part of the healing process. We hope this set of resources helps in some way. We’ll leave this page open for at least the whole of Term 1, 2020.
Please note that these resources do assume some familiarity with the Seven Steps theory and practice.
Six-Week Starter Pack
There are three parts (each one a .zip file) in the Starter Pack.
Six-Week Plan and Blank Template
The first part includes the ready to use 6-week starter plan for primary-level narrative writing. There is also a blank template, so you can modify it to different levels and student needs.
- Download plan and template (.zip file)
Lesson Plans and Powerpoint Slides
Refresh the first few Steps of the Seven Steps theory with these ready-made slides.
- Download lesson plans and slides (.zip file)
Fun Writing Activities and Games
Download the top activities and games to help you in your first weeks of Term 1.
- Download activities and games (.zip file)
Need more inspiration? Some of the incredible Seven Steps community have stepped up (see what we did there?) and offered to share their own term planners with you. We love what they do and fully support teachers who adapt the Seven Steps techniques and theory to their own needs. Here are two real-life planners from generous teachers to help inspire you to make your own.
Dawn Grant-Skiba’s writing routine is a sequence she uses over a 10-week period. Here she shares her routine plus an example of more in-depth planning for Step 2: Sizzling Starts. (NSW Stages 1, 2 and 3). Shared with permission from Dawn Grant-Skiba.
Jennifer Starink’s 31-lesson plan for narrative writing using the Seven Steps (NSW Yr 8). Shared with permission from Jennifer Starink and Mitchell High School, NSW.
Thanks, Dawn and Jennifer!
If you’d like to share your term planner or an Action Activity to help make Term 1 a little less stressful for teachers and schools impacted by the devastating bushfires contact the Seven Steps team by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reading and sharing stories
It can be easier to explain the impact of the Seven Steps when you have lots of examples to draw on.
Even if you are not a member of Seven Steps Online, we have free lists of videos and books for you on our Narrative Writing, Informative Writing and Persuasive Writing pages. We are also working on a pack of story graphs for books about natural disasters, in case you are using some of these titles in the weeks and months to come.
Books About Natural Disasters on the Story Graph
- Reading examples can help students to learn how to tell their own stories.
- Six books about natural disasters (primarily bushfires) plotted on the story graph