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Thank you for purchasing The Writing Book.

We trust you will enjoy using the book to support your writing programme.

We have various workshops running throughout the year so keep an eye on our website for current and upcoming workshops. 

See our latest March newsletter below.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with new ideas and resources.

Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey 



March 2015

We hope term 1 has been productive for you and your students. This term we have talked a lot about establishing independent writing routines so that students practise their skills and the teacher has time to guide groups and rove. We have also shared proofreading ideas on Facebook, which have generated some excellent sharing and discussion. 

Here is what has been happening during March on Facebook and our website.

Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey 


Top Facebook Post 
(20 000 people reached)

Rebecca Heynen shared this large editing pencil which she has been using with her class before introducing the smaller pencils. Also see the editing pencils and fan on the CD in The Writing Book (CD4-7).
Comic website

Make believe comi Kylie Dunn (MIlton State School) shared this website with us. In our writing workshops we talk about including a range of writing forms and including humor. Comic strips involve less writing and develop narrative structure and are easy to publish and share.  
Lesson Idea - Whistleless  

Here's a writing idea based on a stunning video by Ladybird films, Director Siri Melchior,
Click here to download the lesson plan. 
Click here to download the planning template. 

All these resources are available on our website
Top Facebook Post 
(14 000 people reached)

Here's a great idea from Cath Widdifield at the International School Hong Kong. The kids use a fluency phone to listen to themselves while self-checking their writing. The phones amplify the student¹s voice and help the student to focus and check their writing. Here's a link to make one:
There are other ideas about how to make them or buy them on our Facebook page. 
Website to support vocabulary -

Linda Larson from Te Poi School shared this website with us. It is a great resource for students of all ages. They could collect up words for their 'word wheels' (CD21) or find synonyms to improve their writing. It also gives detailed information about word groups. 
Training Events Term 2 2015 

HASTINGS - Irongate Primary 
Wednesday 15th April, 9-3pm: Developing an effective writing programme  

AUCKLAND - Takapuna Normal Intermediate School 
Thursday 23rd April, 4-7pm: Teaching writing in Year 7 & 8 


WELLINGTON - Dowse Gallery
Saturday 18th July, 9-1pm: Developing an effective writing programme 

SYDNEY - Parramatta RSL 
Saturday 23rd May, 9-1pm Developing an effective writing programme

AUCKLAND - Howick Intermediate School
Thursday 18th June, 4-7pm: Teaching writing in Year 7 & 8 

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