See the difference the Seven Steps can make with these writing samples!

Below you’ll find a collection of resources to help unlock the fun, engaging and collaborative lessons of the Seven Steps.
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Student samples

On the Weekend
Step 2: Sizzling Starts

BeforeDuring the holidays, Mum and Dad took me skiing for the first time. We drove to the mountain and unpacked all the gear. The next morning, we all got up …
AfterThe air was crisp, the snow was wickedly white and I was skiing fast down the mountain. Way too fast!

‘Look out!’ I cried and the 300 people in the tow queue straight ahead ducked in fear.

My family had gone skiing for the weekend, but the single lesson I’d taken that morning had neglected to teach me how to stop. Now suddenly it seemed like the whole mountain was flashing before my eyes.

TIP: Students often get locked into a linear story structure. Encourage them to start with action and then backfill to grab the reader’s interest.

Improve your students’ introductions by learning the basics of Step 2: Sizzling Starts for free.


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Before and After Samples

STEP Step 2: Sizzling Starts, Step 5: Show, Don’t Tell
PURPOSE Teach
RESOURCE TYPE Writing samples & exemplars
YEAR
F–10
RELATED The power to write

  • Model how to improve a piece of informative writing using the Seven Steps techniques.
  • Annotations using Seven Steps terminology provide actionable feedback to students.

Carey Camp Recounts

STEP All Steps
PURPOSE Teach
RESOURCE TYPE Writing samples & exemplars
YEAR
F–10
RELATED

  • See how these students from Carey Baptist Grammar School wrote their camp recounts using the Seven Steps.
  • Model how to use the Seven Steps in informative writing. Can you identify the techniques used?

Professional exemplars

Informative Texts Demonstrating the Seven Steps

STEP All Steps
PURPOSE Teach
RESOURCE TYPE List
YEAR
F–10

  • Show students examples of the Seven Steps techniques in published texts.
  • This handy list is sorted by Step and annotated with notes about how each text demonstrates a particular Seven Steps technique.
  • Selection includes picture books, news articles and science comics.

Informative Videos Demonstrating the Seven Steps

STEP All Steps
PURPOSE Teach
RESOURCE TYPE List
YEAR
F–10

  • Show students examples of the Seven Steps techniques in filmmaking.
  • This handy list is sorted by Step and annotated with notes about how each video clip demonstrates a particular Seven Steps technique.
  • Selection includes news reports, documentary scenes and educational videos.

More informative resources

Explore more classroom resources and make informative writing fun with the Seven Steps!

Lesson plans and activities

Explore ready-made resources and discover how to teach the key concepts behind each Step.

Picture writing prompts

These visual prompts offer fun and quick writing practice to develop your students’ writing skills, one Step at a time.