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Ministry of Education.

Written language: writing

  • Thinking about How Language Works: This Assessment Resource Bank resource describes sentence structures, how ideas are linked within and between sentences, and how information is condensed in academic writing. Useful for teachers and students. You will need to use your school's username and password to access the Assessment Resource Bank.
  •   digistore: Digital Learning Objects are available from Digistore. You can access these by entering your school password. Use the search function by entering 'English' into 'subject' and the name of the DLO into 'keywords'.
  • Basketball Clinic: Digital Learning Object. (Years 7 - 11) Language focus: Writing instructions. Students use diagrams of drills, and sentence knowledge, to complete a basketball manual.
  • Celebrity Garbage: Cal Calvino/Tiffany Love/Zac Bronski : Digital Learning Object. (Years 7-11) Language focus: Writing a Recount. Students scan the evidence in a rubbish bin to work out what has happened to a missing celebrity. They select the correct information to build a recount.
  • Make Kids' Writing Shine: Using Beginnings and Endings to Teach Craft: six strategies to help students master beginnings and endings and revise their writing, along with a starting point for assessment. Levels 1 to 4
  • Six strategies to help students master beginnings and endings in their writing: Ideas for helping your students give their writing more punch with exciting leads and memorable closings. Levels 1 to 8
  • Spelling City: This US site is designed to help children improve their spelling skills. It uses both visual and auditory (a human voice) input to improve retention. Teachers and parents can enter and save their own spelling lists that students can use to play games.
  • Teaching handwriting (1 MB): this is a PDF version of the 1985 publication (Learning Media). Some minor changes have been incorporated to reflect current terminology and practice. The draft Literacy Learning Progressions provide clear expectations as to the handwriting skills students need to have mastered by certain year levels. Levels 1 to 8.
  • Text Forms - Checklists for writing

Published on: 22 Jul 2010