Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Teachers’ Aides Reading & Writing: Video Presentations

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 at 10:10 am

We have recently completed production of two new video presentations. These are ideal for Teachers’ Aides unable to attend our face-to-face workshops and great value.

Both presentations were recorded live in 2021 and are targeted specifically to the role that aides/assistants play in developing the reading and writing skills in young students.

Angela Ehmer – Teachers’ Aides Reading Workshop
Teachers’ Aides Reading

Included:

30-day access to the 10-part video …

Writing: Reviewing and Editing

Monday, 29 March 2021 at 10:24 am

We are pleased to share some charts to assist students to revise and edit their writing.

Writing: Reviewing, Revising, Refining Chart – Capitalisation
ARMS

The ARMS strategy supports students during the revision stage. The acronym stands for Add, Remove, Move, Substitute. It prompts writers to review, revise and refine their writing to improve their clarity. Writers are reminded to consider whether:

additional words or sentences will improve reader understanding
removing …

Writing: Text Type Charts

Monday, 26 October 2020 at 8:10 am

We have just published sets of writing text type charts as a download on the Literacy Solutions’ website.

Writing: text type chart

Each ‘Writing Text Type Chart’ features an overview or brief description to support students to understand the text purpose. Some charts are accompanied by a reference guide. The charts are designed to use as permanent displays in your classroom or to print when working with …

Six Traits of Writing

Monday, 31 August 2020 at 9:29 am

The Six Traits of Writing is an approach for planning, teaching, and assessing students’ writing. The approach has gathered momentum over past decades due to the explicit teaching of writing skills and behaviours for students of all ages, teaching at all stages of the writing process, active involvement of students in assessment and monitoring and clear and consistent metalanguage. The Traits is not a program …

Six Traits of Writing: Rubric Scorer

Monday, 31 August 2020 at 8:28 am

Rubrics are the most common way to assess the quality of student writing samples when implementing the Six Traits of Writing . In response to schools we support and teacher requests for assistance with Six Traits’ rubrics, we are pleased to share our Rubric Scorer. This tool is simple to use and is easily applied to assess one or multiple Traits.

What is the …

Why vocabulary matters to reading and writing success

Monday, 27 April 2020 at 3:46 pm

Most children acquire vocabulary through real life experiences.

Research studies identify strong links between the working vocabularies of young children and their subsequent reading achievement levels. There is widespread agreement that vocabulary is one of the keys to reading. Not only is it a valuable predictor of reading success in the early years, but it continues to impact achievement levels well into secondary …

The Daily Write (Early Years)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 at 8:08 am

‘The Daily Write (Early Years)’ – A book of writing prompts for teachers of Years P-2.

The Daily Write (Early Years) is a 48 page publication containing stimulus pictures with accompanying writing prompts. The book is designed for teachers to use as a shared text in poster format.

Daily writing, even for short periods of time, supports students to generate ideas, develop fluency of thinking, translate …

The Daily Write

Sunday, 4 March 2018 at 6:40 pm

‘The Daily Write’ – A book of writing prompts for teachers of Years 2-6.

The Daily Write is a 48 page publication containing stimulus pictures with accompanying writing prompts, suitable for individual, or whole class use. The book is printed in full colour to enable teachers to remove and laminate pages and store as part of a classroom learning centre if desired.

Daily writing, even for …

The Background: Where did the ideas originate?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 11:11 am

Cheerful Pens, Mastery Circuit, Sliding Cards, The Reading Wall, (Higher yield) Reading Stamina and Peer Tutoring

This is for those who’ve asked, formally and informally over the years. Our conversations have been short and often rushed. In workshops and consulting, the focus is on teaching or demonstrating the strategies, but time never permits a fuller explanation about where the ideas originated and what underpins them. As …

Mastery Circuit (Hardwiring, or overlearning essential subskills)

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at 7:49 am

The Mastery Circuit was inspired by learnings in education, psychology, neuroscience and marketing … But mostly by Dame Marie Clay and her insistence that hard to teach students must overlearn one element every day while participating in the Reading Recovery Program.

Though this idea does not guarantee memory of subskills for all learners 1, it is highly effective for many. Background notes for this strategy are …