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Ministry of Education.

Writing for publication

Teacher: Phil Coogan

Adapted from English Online Unit

Adaptions for ESOL Students: Jenni Bedford, Margaret Kitchen and Breda Matthews


Year: 10

Level: 4-6

Duration: 3 weeks

Achievement objective being assessed


  • Poetic writing

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • process and publish one piece of poetic writing.

Supporting achievement objective


  • Interpersonal speaking and listening
  • Presenting.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • take part in small group discussions which focused on listening and speaking to improve their own writing and the writing of others
  • use word processors and/or publishing software to communicate their stories to a wider audience.


Exploring Written Language:

  • Increased understanding of how to use selected aspects of language to improve their writing during the writing process.

Language learning focus

Students will:

  • activate, share and build on prior knowledge
  • learn key vocabulary
  • talk through the ideas
  • process text deeply
  • examine text structure
  • produce a piece of creative writing (see above).

How the language learning outcomes will be achieved:

Guidelines for use

Students will develop a piece of writing describing their memory of a journey they have taken.

This activity should be worked on in the classroom under teacher supervision to ensure authenticity. Teachers may guide students actively through the initial exercise helping them to identify techniques mentioned. Teachers may show how the techniques used in the exemplars can be applied to students' own writing.

Between drafts, teachers can advise students that their writing may need further work on ideas, language, structure or accuracy in spelling, punctuation or paragraphing but not correct errors. Students should have access to dictionaries to check their writing. Word processing is acceptable providing it is done under teacher supervision.

Resource requirements

Resources provided linked to the unit plan: thematic unit, planning chart (Word 43KB) , content card (Word 43KB) , Stylistic Suggestions (Word 31KB) , Structure (Word 34KB) , Characterisation (Word 47KB) , exemplars of student work ( Writing for Publication Exemplar A not achieved (RTF 12KB) , Writing for Publication B (RTF 19KB) , Writing for Publication C (RTF 15KB) , Writing for Publication Exemplar D (RTF 11KB) ), Assessment schedule (Word 50KB) (as indicated in the unit plan)

Teacher background reading

Teaching and learning activities

Student Instructions

In this activity, you will develop a piece of writing of at least 300 words where you describe your memories of a journey you have taken. Your writing will build a picture of your experience for the reader suitable for publication in a class magazine.

 Before you begin writing, you will look at exemplars of student writing and focus on techniques you could use to develop your own writing effectively.

 You will be assessed on

  • how well you express and develop your ideas
  • your ability to use a writing style that is appropriate to the task
  • how well you organise your material
  • your accuracy in spelling, punctuation and paragraphing.

Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:

Preparing for learning

Scaffolding learning

Effective feedback

Learning task 1: Reading about journeys

Learning task 2: Developing ideas

Learning task 3: Reading about one student's journey

Learning task 4: Drafting a piece about your journey


See the assessment schedule which is also linked to the exemplars.

English Exemplar Project: Personal Experience Writing levels 1-5

Follow up

 This unit highlighted the need to focus on:

  • sentence structure
  • management of group work in future units.

Published on: 09 Jan 2018