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November 2014

We hope you are all surviving Term 4. We have been busy organising training events for 2015 and pulling together some new resources for our website. Thanks to everyone who has shared ideas and samples on Facebook; it is fantastic to see all the amazing writing that is happening in classrooms. 
Here is what has been happening this month on Facebook and our website.

Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey 

Top Facebook Post 
(10 000 people reached)
The Kids Should See This
This is a very simple and engaging video, which can be used to write a report, explanation or description. 
Gina Cave (Auckland Normal Intermediate) adapted the T Chart for note taking and planning. 

Writing App for Ipads 

Book Creator 

Book Creator is a free app which is extremely easy to use. You can create books with your own photos, video and text. This app is used successfully in special education settings and in junior classes. 
Lesson Idea 
Based on 'The Snowman' by Raymond Briggs 

Here's a Christmas themed writing idea, based on a classic children's book. 
Click here to download a powerpoint with two lessons. 
Click here to download the planning sheet (Setting T Chart).
Here is a sample of writing from a Y3 student at Blockhouse Bay Primary School in Auckland. 

All these resources are available on our website
Top Facebook Post 
(17 000 people reached)
This series of photos is intriguing for students and should result in some descriptive and imaginative writing. You may want to begin with a 'Describe it' Quick Write (The Writing Book, page 106). Here is a piece of writing from Puja (Mt Roskill Intermediate)
This once well known place had been abandoned. As I walked, I heard creepy noises. A bunch of trees were dangling against the soft wind. The trees were as old as an endangered animal: sad, gloomy and lonely, waiting for death. Staying in the same position, the rusted Ferris wheel stayed frozen, without a single difference after all that had happened. The blanket of clouds floated in the deep blue sky as the dry grass swiveled around. I walked closer and closer and felt the rusty metal and the torn paint in my very own hands, as my dusty memories returned.
Website to motivate writing 

The GoPro website has some fantastic first person clips, which really motivate recount and descriptive writing. 
Reference image:
Training Events Term 1 2015 


DUNEDIN - Tahuna Intermediate School
Thursday 29th January, 9-3pm: Developing an effective writing programme

INVERCARGILL - Donovan School 
Friday 30th January, 9-3pm: Developing an effective writing programme

WELLINGTON - Dowse Gallery
Saturday 2nd May, 9-1pm: Developing an effective writing programme

19th and 21st March (more information to follow) 

SYDNEY - Parramatta RSL
Developing an effective writing programme

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