Developing an Effective Writing Programme

In this practical workshop, Sheena will review the components of a balanced and engaging writing programme at emergent, early and fluent levels. She will introduce a suggested lesson sequence, which aims to motivate and scaffold writers through the writing process allowing time for self and partner reflection.

Teachers will be introduced to a range of mini-lesson ideas and generic ‘Quick Write’ activities that can be used for different writing purposes across a range of levels.

3 or 6 hour options
Teachers of Year 1-8 students, RT Lits, RTLBs.

The workshop will also cover

  • Session 1: Introduction (chapters 1-3)
    Guiding principles
    • Gradual release of responsibility model
    • Reading/writing links
    • Overview of the Writing Toolkits
    The writing classroom
    • Physical and emotional environment
    • Supports for writing
    • ‘Think pair share’ to engage all students
    • Grouping for writing
    Planning for writing
    • Authentic opportunities for writing
    • Text types vs other writing forms
  • Session 2: The skills toolkit (chapter 4)
    • Generating ideas for writing
    • Organising ideas for writing
    • Mini-lessons to teach specific skills
  • Session 3: the writing lesson (chapter 5)
    • Quick-writes
    • The writing lesson
  • Session 4: Reviewing and celebrating writing (chapter 6)
    • Reviewing and celebrating writing
    • Responding to writing
    • Publishing


“A very practical approach to the teaching of writing that is inspiring and motivational. Sheena has reignited my enthusiasm for implementing an interesting, fun and achievable writing programme. Amazing resources, ideas and systems for student engagement.”
Ainslie Price , Pompallier Catholic College
“A really informative and interesting workshop. Finally a whole lot of things that make sense that I can use in my classroom starting tomorrow! I am a beginning teacher and I wish I had done this course at uni – thank you!”
Nicola Fannin, Kamo Intermediate School
“Sheena’s workshop was fantastic and I am really excited about getting back to school and using the ideas. I loved her energy and style of presentation – very engaging and motivating. So many fabulous ideas and I liked having the opportunities Sheena built in for us to discuss ideas and try things.”
Karen Johnson, Hurapaki School