TEACH: Cheat sheet for writing activities from the Learning Progressions


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You may already have downloaded this resource. If you haven’t and you want to click the link below:

These resources are filled with activities and ideas that you can use or adapt. But navigating them can be tricky. So we designed a cheat sheet.

Cheat Sheet for Write to Communicate Activities

Here’s how to use it. Just look down the list at the second column. This tells you in one sentence what learners actually have to do in the activity.

From there, you can look at the name of the activity, find the page number in the resource, and see which progressions it lines up with.

Things to remember:

  • Most activities cut across multiple progressions. This is fine. Just make sure you know what your focus is. Refer back to your learning outcomes.
  • The level of difficulty for the activity depends on how you pitch it to your learners. That’s why there’s no list of which steps a particular activity applies to. For example, if you choose a text with easy words, it’s going to be steps 1 to 3. If you choose a text with more academic or technical words, it’s going to be steps 4 to 6 depending on the words.
  • Not all the activities will be useful to you and your situation. If you do decide to take the time to look through these, you might want to rate them for yourself. In other words, can you use this?
  • You don’t have to use these. If you have your own ideas then go with that. But remember, if you need inspiration or want to look at activities that were written by experts then look here.

You can download it here as PDF or just read below.

Activity

What do learners do?

Which progressions does it focus on?

Where do I find it?

Can I use it?
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Using a shared approach to writing Work together with the tutor to brainstorm, outline, and draft a piece of writing for a purpose. Purpose and audience, spelling, vocabulary, language and text features, planning and composing, revising and editing. P. 28  
Sharing quality work Use a guide to evaluate a text in order to identify features of good writing Purpose and audience, spelling, vocabulary, language and text features, planning and composing, revising and editing. P. 30  
Using writing frames Use an outline with prompts to write a text Purpose and audience, spelling, vocabulary, language and text features, planning and composing, revising and editing. P. 31  
Organising and linking ideas Use a list of connecting and linking words to link sentences and paragraphs in a text Spelling, vocabulary, language and text features, planning and composing P. 32  
Using templates and acronyms Use a template or acronym with prompts for a piece of writing like an explanation, argument, description or discussion Vocabulary, language and text features, planning and composing P. 33  
Shared paragraph writing Work in groups to write paragraphs using prompts Language and text features, planning and composing

 

P. 35  
Word maps Brainstorm and mind map other words that relate to a single focus word to extend vocabulary Vocabulary, planning and composing P. 36  
Clustering Group words into meaningful clusters Vocabulary, planning and composing P. 38  
Structured overviews Organise words into a hierarchy (e.g. like an chart describing all the roles in an organisation) Vocabulary, language and text features, Planning and composing P. 40  
Clines Arrange words into a sequence that shows shades of meaning (e.g. like words expressing temperature) Vocabulary, P. 42  
Concept circles Explain concepts and relationships that link related words Vocabulary, Planning and composing P. 43  
Pair definitions Write a definition and someone else has to guess the original word Vocabulary, P. 44  
Brainstorming Activate prior knowledge about a topic before writing Vocabulary, Planning and composing P. 46  
Suggestions for teaching the writing process A selection of activity ideas for teaching writing across the steps and progressions in the Write to Communicate strand Planning and composing, revising and editing P. 47  
Suggestions for teaching spelling A selection of activity ideas for spelling across steps 1 to 5 Vocabulary, Spelling P. 48

 

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